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The High Road

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The High Road, New Mexico

The 56-mile route from Santa Fe to Taos delivers one photo-op after another: ancient Indian pueblos, deserts, forests, wildflower meadows, and artists’ colonies in 17th-century adobe towns. The High Road climbs from the Sangre de Cristos to the Rocky Mountains, with canyon views over Truchas Peak at 13,102 feet.

Stop: The Sante Fe Opera for summer concerts; the 2011 lineup includes a new production of Gounod’s Faust, with Bryan Hymel and Dimitri Pittas in the title role. (santafeopera.org; from $25)

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