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Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Santa Fe, Taos, & Albuquerque
by Nancy Mikula
Dorling Kindersley
ISBN 978-0-7566-6178-6
Published March 2009 - Softcover - 128 pages - $14.00

Destinations just down the Interstate from me are these three, two of which I've only passed through.  Taos I've yet to discover and I'm itching to go.  Armed with this 3-in-1 Dorling Kindersley guide, I know I'm bound to see the best these three cities have to offer.  When one thinks of any of these three places, "art" comes to mind.  Art is all encompassing in this instance, as you'll come across paintings, sculptures, handcrafts, jewelry, pottery, and more.  Other things that come to mind is food (New Mexico grows the best chillies) and adobe structures, at least they do for me.  Santa Fe is the nation's oldest capital city and is a stop on the Santa Fe Trail.  Because these travel guides offer glorious photos, you get a visual taste of what to expect on your travels.  Beautiful artwork is illustrated throughout the book, as is spectacular architecture, native costumes and art, street scenes, inside museums and restaurants, monuments, churches, and scenery.  Some of the not to be missed sights include the Loretta Chapel, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (free 5-8pm Fridays), and Museum Hill for many galleries in Santa Fe.  In Taos look for the Taos Pueblo (still in use), Bent Street, Rancho de Taos, the Earthship environmental community, and the Kit Carson Home and Museum.  In Albuquerque visit the Rattlesnake Museum, Explora!, and possibly the International Balloon Fiesta.  There is an abundance of outdoor activities to contemplate for those who like a change of pace, as well as many fantastic festivals to choose from.  My dream is to visit some museums, walk around, photograph whatever I can, enjoy Native heritage, and scarf down some Huevos Rancheros!  New Mexico became a state in 1912 and is where Los Alamos is, where the atomic bomb was built.
A pull-put map is included along with the maps in the inside covers.
Conclusion - If you love art and museums, any of these three world-renown destinations should be on your travel list.

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