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If you were visiting the US for the 1st time in June 2010.

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If you were visiting the US for the 1st time in June 2010.

I will be visiting Santa Fe in June 2010 for work. I have never been to the US & will have a extra travel time.

I am interested in culture, natural areas, local crafts..

Any suggestions as to where to go, what is on in June?

Have looked at a few tourism sites, but nothing much there for June.

Carolyn

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1. Re: If you were visiting the US for the 1st time in June 2010.

A visit to many of the eight nearby native american "pueblos" or homelands will afford you access to some of the finest arts and crafts in a small unassuming venue.

On the San Ildefonso pueblo located on the way to Bandelier National Monument along hwy 502 is the Cottonwoods Trading Post. Nestled very near the Rio Grande, the Cottonwoods is a beautiful place to see examples of all eight tribes work and probably see hundreds of hummingbirds gorging themselves on the many feeders the owners put out.

Further west from there is Bandelier National Monument, the ancestral homeland to several of the current tribes. Cliff dwellings, ruins, petroglyphs and vast acreage of hiking trials and wildlife viewing opportunities abound.

For a Hispanic based glimpse into the past, visiting Chimayo and its historic church is a must see. This throwback village is home to many rug and textile weavers and several have open studios which you can visit. In fact, there is an entire "new mexico fiber arts trail" that highlights folks working in textiles and weaving from all over the state

Look them up at: www.nmfiberarts.org

There may not be many big organized events going on in June, but be assured you will have no shortage of things to see and places to explore.

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So many things to see and do in the Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos areas are often ongoing rather than just a weekend event.

The Albuquerque Folk Festival might interest you while visiting in June. It is held at EXPO New Mexico, the old state fair grounds at Louisiana & Central. (Central is the historic "Route 66" highway.)

Our "Old Town" features remnants of Albuquerque's early days, with former adobe haciendas, now transformed into shops and restaurants. The traditional plaza, and church provide a good respite from the busy, metropolitan area that surrounds it.

Start your visit at the Albuquerque Museum of History and Art, on Mountain Road, two blocks east of Rio Grande Blvd. It will provide a good introduction into the rich, multi-ethnic history of the area from the time of the ancient Anasazis, through their decendents, the Pueblos, and on through Spanish, Mexican, and American times. Other places of interest would include the Sandia Tramway (the longest in the world) to the top of Sandia Peak, and its 100-mile views; the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; Petroglyph National Monument; and the Balloon Museum on the site of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta field in Northern Albuquerque

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Drive NM-14 between Santa Fe & Albuquerque for some very diverse scenery, and a couple of quirky, old mining towns.

A visit to Taos, and 15th Century, Taos Pueblo is also a must from Santa Fe. There is a "High" Road through picturesque, adobe mountain villages such as Chama and Truchas; and the "Low Road" between Espanola and Ranchos de Taos alongside the Rio Grande River, and its canyon much of the way.

There is just too much to cover here. Check out New Mexico's state tourism site, as well as those of the individual cities for more detailed information.

For a first time visitor to the U.S., you are coming to one of the country's most unique areas. Just one reason why our capitol of Santa Fe, is called "The City Different."

Enjoy your time here.

Edited: 14 February 2010, 22:46
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3. Re: If you were visiting the US for the 1st time in June 2010.

Wow, thankyou both. There is so much just in these two posts for me to look up & think about.

I'm looking forward to my visit.

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4. Re: If you were visiting the US for the 1st time in June 2010.

You're welcome but we've both barely scratched the surface on a comprehensive list of interesting, beautiful, culturally significant, historically relevant, blah....blah....blah.... things a person can easily see and do within say an hour's drive of SF or ABQ.

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Oops! I said the "High Road" goes through Chama...and of course I meant "Chimayo," just east of Espanola.

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Isn't it too bad that "Tourist Sites" are so generic and without detail. The locals who have posted responses to your original query are knowledgeable and have great suggestions to be sure. We always try to warn folks that New Mexico is a big state and you're more likely to enjoy yourself if you pick a couple of small regions to focus on. Since you're going to be in Santa Fe, use it as base to explore the High Road between Taos and Santa Fe. If you have weekends off, stay two nights in Taos so that you can get the "feel" of the town without having to rush back and forth.

A trip to Northern New Mexico should always include a visit Abiquiu, home to Ghost Ranch and the landscapes made so famous by Georgia O'Keefe. So much to see and do you'll want to come back soon.

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10,000 waves for a massage & soak.

Tent Rock for a hike.

Los Alamos for a nice drive and a great museum,

The Georgoia O'Keefe and Folk Art museums in Santa Fe.

Bandelier for native american relics.

Any local festival.

Lots of great food & shops in Santa Fe.

Pecos spanish Mission ruins (southeast of Santa Fe on Hwy 85).

There's so much to see and do in that area. Have fun!

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If this is your first trip to USA, you may be aware that the Southwest, and Santa Fe in particular, are not "typical" American areas. They have much more respect for history and efforts at preserving Native American and Hispanic culture. They are not the "white bread" USA you might expect.

I have participated in the New York City forums of TA and find many Australian visitors who love it. Many foreigners also want to experience US Chain Restaurants (don't know why but the do) so be sure to check out "chains" (Appleby's , etc.) in esp. Albuquerque. Also Fuddruckers, which I think is pretty good, esp. hamburgers.

Speaking of burgers, the NM special food is Green Chile Cheeseburger and it is delicious - try it! Also "traditional" NM foods (green chile stew, burritos - esp. breakfast burritos, carne adovada, etc.). Available at many good places in SF, etc.

A ride up to Chimayo (north of SF) to see the shrine is very good, and a stop at Rancho de Chimayo for a meal is worth it. Very local culture. Some crafts for sale, too.

Re: Crafts, of course, the Native American sales on the plaza (under the portal of Palace of Governors). You buy directly from the Natives, and can get into some nice conversations. The quality of crafts (jewelry, etc.) is high.

Around the corner is the new NM Museum of History, worth a brief stop, as is the Museum of Fine Arts (one block away) for local art. Also check out Museum Hill, about a mile from Plaza. Great views. If you don't like to linger in museums, you can do a quick tour, 1/2 hour or less, to get a feel. Worth it.

There is also the cowboy culture. The Santa Fe Rodeo is usually the end of June. That is really fun!

ttp://www.rodeodesantafe.org/

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