America's Best Spring Drives
Santa Fe/Taos Loop, New Mexico
The Route: 191 miles.
Follow the (literal) High Road from Santa Fe north on Route 285 through high-elevation deserts and orchards. It leads to the cottonwood-dotted valley of Ojo Caliente and its pueblo communities; the Taos Pueblo compound, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built before 1400 and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in America. Loop back from Taos on the Low Road, State Route 68, which runs along the Rio Grande past wineries.
Where to Stop: In Spring 2012, Taos launches a yearlong program celebrating creative women with strong local connections, from painter Georgia O’Keeffe to socialite Millicent Rogers, whose namesake museum displays Native American jewelry, textiles, and pottery.