Taos is definitely the place to go if you are looking for a slower pace, a creative vibe, and a chill atmosphere. With a rich cultural history melding together Native Americans, the Spanish, and frontier explorers, a visit to Taos is a visit to a town unlike any other.

The area was originally settled by Native Americans thousands of years ago, the first inhabitants of the pueblos arrived 900 years ago.  The Taos Pueblo, just outside the town, is the only inhabited World Heritage Site in the U.S.  Although the number of Taos Indians living in the original old adobe structures has dwindled over time, these striking historical buildings are among the oldest continually inhabited structures in the Western Hemisphere.  The Taos Indians celebrate their culture unlike any other Native American tribe with a variety of distinctive cultural events throughout the year, including various dance festivals, the San Geronimo Festival (always on September 29 and 30 each year), the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow in the Summer, and incredible cultural observances on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  Although cameras are not allowed at most of these events, the memories created there will last a lifetime.

Not long after 1600, the Spanish were the next to enter Taos.  When Conquistador Hernando de Alvarado finally arrived, he thought he'd found the mythic City of Gold. Not quite a fan of the new arrivals, the Native Americans banded together to drive the Spanish out in the Pueblo Revolt, but peace returned and ultimately more Spanish arrived and settled the area around the pueblos.

Taos' modern history as an artist commune became in the late-eighteenth century when a broken wagon wheel caused artists Bert Phillips and Ernest Blumenschein stay during repairs; they never left. From then on, a number of high-profile artists came to spend time in Taos, including Ansel Adams, Georgia O'Keefe, and many others.  One culture critic has written that "in the 20th Century, Taos was responsible for more art and literature than any other non-metroplitan area in the world."

Adding to its chill vibe, Taos became a popular place for hippies to hang out with many communes in the immediate vicinity.  When Dennis Hopper arrived to film Easy Rider, he immediately fell in love with the town and became one of its residents on and off until his death in 2010. The hippie aestetic that he and his generation brough to Taos survives today in the organic grocers, farmer's markets, raw food and loca-vore restaurants, and a variety of shops and galleries whose owners clearly love what being a "hippie" means.

Today, the city retains its rich cultural heritage, with festivals and events throughout the year that celebrate its Native American and Spanish history. Its vibrant art scene is a perfect complement to the town's cultural history.  The layers of culture both blend together and distinguish themselves during various times of year, making Taos one of the few truly year-round resort towns in the United States.