Ranchos de Taos, NM

The nearly 250-year-old San Francisco de Asis Mission Church is a stark yet stunning adobe structure with an impressive list of appearances in famous artwork by the likes of Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams. Check out the exterior of this National Historic Landmark and World Heritage active church anytime, or call ahead to request seeing inside the building, which includes a colorful main altar and classic southwestern architectural details.

Afterwards, drive a short 4 miles to stop by the Taos Plaza, an intimate, downtown area with a heart and soul all its own that hosts locals and visitors of all ages, interests and walks of life. Home to many local shops, galleries, eateries, bars and inns, the Plaza is an absolute “must-see” for any Taos-bound traveler.

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