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    enchanting new mexico - overview

When the Spaniards came from Mexico to Santa Fe around the end of the 16th century, they knew a good thing when they saw it. The 7,000-ft. plateau at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains was a high-desert oasis with near-perfect weather, and an eerie, haunting beauty.

Thoughtful travelers have been flocking to the region ever since. And many, including Georgia O’Keeffe and D.H. Lawrence, could hardly tear themselves away.

Today, you’ll enjoy the same ancient pueblos, spectacular scenery, Colonial plazas, and wild rivers. But with a heaping dose of cutting-edge culture thrown in for good measure. The region has some of the most highly acclaimed -- and innovative -- restaurants, galleries, and museums in the country.

Start your journey in Albuquerque, where vintage gas stations and neon-lit diners still line legendary Route 66. Then take the Turquoise Trail through ghost towns and historic mining villages to Santa Fe, "The City Different."

Explore the shaded arcades off Santa Fe’s plaza, which dates from 1610. Visit the Palace of the Governors, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, dozens of top-notch galleries and museums, and the world-renowned Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Then take the "High Road" through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to mystical, magical Taos where art and nature seem to converge.

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