New Mexico both captures and defies the imagination. Fiery deserts, cool pine-covered hills, secret canyons, ancient villages carved out of the earth itself. Even Georgia O’Keefe, the artist most associated with capturing the state’s mystical beauty, couldn’t quite put her finger on what makes it so special. “I’d never seen anything like it before… the sky is different,” she once wrote, “the air is different.” Small wonder that New Mexico has long been a magnet for some of America’s greatest creative minds, from Ansel Adams to Cormac McCarthy.
Cross into New Mexico and you move backwards in time. You’ll walk softly through Anasazi villages that were flourishing 700 years before the first Europeans arrived on the continent. You’ll visit Spanish colonial buildings and set foot in the home of one of the American West’s most legendary heroes. You’ll have authentic experiences with local native tribes, visiting villages that proudly carry on the ancient traditions of their forebears. All the while you’ll be immersed in a landscape of mesas and mountains, waking to spectacular crimson sunrises that can only be outdone by impossible purple and orange sunsets Your Classic Journeys expedition will take you over the legendary Santa Fe to Taos High Road, where the state will unfold before you like a tapestry.
But you won’t be roughing it. As you go from Santa Fe to Taos, you’ll take in the modern New Mexico, a hidden treasure that’s become a traveler’s paradise. Santa Fe and Taos are playgrounds for lovers of art, culture and food. Santa Fe’s galleries will tempt you with paintings, pottery and weavings from the region’s talented artists. Taos, a bustling ski resort in the winter, offers warm-weather visitors relaxation and luxury. Both towns showcase some of the best food you’ll find in the American Southwest, from traditional Mexican cuisine to sophisticated dishes that wouldn’t be out of place in the finest European restaurants.