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Taos

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Bridges · Ruins · Scenic Drive
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures. Attractions including art galleries, boutiques offering traditional Native American pottery and jewelry, historical homes, museums, and gourmet restaurants occupy adobe buildings in the business district. Set amid towering mountains and wild rivers, this town is known for the traditional Native American village on the outskirts. Advanced skiers arrive in winter to challenge themselves on the slopes, and hikers hit the trails of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in summer. The town of about 6,000 is a draw for photographers year-round as they strive to capture the town's atmosphere and the surrounding area's natural beauty. Put Taos at the heart of your travel plans by using our United States road trip tool.
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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Bridge
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Taos Pueblo ©
World heritage site
Taos Pueblo
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Art Museum
Millicent Rogers Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Taos Plaza ©
Landmark
Taos Plaza
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Taos

Bandelier National Monument ©
Canyon
Bandelier National Monument Los Alamos
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ghost Ranch ©
Art Museum
Ghost Ranch Abiquiu
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
Religious Site
El Santuario de Chimayo Chimayo
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Monument
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Angel Fire
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Taos

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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Art Gallery
Enchanted Circle Pottery
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Taos Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Taos Art Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Harwood Museum of Art ©
Art Museum
Harwood Museum of Art
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
La Hacienda del los Martinez ©
Specialty Museum
La Hacienda del los Martinez
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Taos

Wild Rivers Recreation Area
Wildlife Area
Wild Rivers Recreation Area
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument ©
Monument
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Spa
Spas
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Twirl ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Twirl
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Taos

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
Religious Site
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church Ranchos De Taos
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Kit Carson Home & Museum ©
Historic Site
Kit Carson Home & Museum
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Governor Bent House and Museum ©
Historic Site
Governor Bent House and Museum
1.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Taos

Moxie Yarn & More ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Moxie Yarn & More
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Taos Rockers Mineral & Fossil Outlet ©
Factory Outlet
Taos Rockers Mineral & Fossil Outlet
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Chimayo Trading Del Norte ©
Antique Store
Chimayo Trading Del Norte Ranchos De Taos
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Taos

Taos offers a wealth of accommodations right in town and in the surrounding area. Plenty of small inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels lie in and around the business district, but your options greatly expand when you consider renting a small house or an apartment. Where you stay depends on what you come for. If you want to use Taos as a base for seeing local sites, opt for accommodation within the city limits. If you plan to spend most of your time in the mountains, the Valdez and Arroyo Seco areas are convenient. Staying between these areas and downtown puts you close to the Taos Pueblo Indian Lands.
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