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Taos, New Mexico

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Taos, NM

Taos’s breathtaking vistas of the craggy Sangre de Cristo Mountains, starkly beautiful high-desert terrain, and traditional adobe architecture have inspired numerous artists over the years—most famously Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe. (In fact the rugged landscapes around Taos, which appeared frequently in O’Keeffe’s paintings, are still known to many locals as “O’Keeffe country.”)

Get some mountain air: To see the same views that O’Keeffe enjoyed, visit Ghost Ranch, in the outlying region of Abiquiu; it’s where she lived and painted for 20 years. To enjoy the area’s natural beauty along with a heavy dose of adrenaline, head to Taos Ski Valley, where the vertiginous slopes (including the notorious mogul field of Al’s Run) are tempered by gorgeous scenery.

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