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Overview

"Fodor's guides are always a pleasure." - The Chicago Tribune

"Teeming with maps and loaded with addresses, phone numbers, and directions." - Newsday

Experienced and first-time travelers alike rely on Fodor's Gold Guides for rich, reliable coverage the world over. Updated each year and containing a foldout Rand McNally map, a Fodor's Gold Guide is an
essential tool for any kind of traveler.

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Local experts show you all the things to see and do — from top sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from sports to shopping, from nightlife to recommended walks.

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Useful maps and background information; key contacts; how to get there and get around; when to go; what to pack; local do's and taboos; costs, hours, and tips by the thousands.

We've compiled a helpful list of guidebooks that complement Fodor's New Mexico 2001. To learn more about them, just enter the title in the keyword search box.

  • Fodor's Compass American Guides New Mexico: A full-color guide, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of New Mexico.
  • Fodor's Compass American Guides Santa Fe: A full-color guide, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of Santa Fe.
  • Fodor's Pocket SantaFe & Taos: The best of both cities for travelers who want the highlights.
  • Fodor's The Southwest's Best Bed & Breakfasts: A guide to the best B&Bs of the South, plus suggestions on what to do once you're there.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679005841
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Fodor's Travel Guides Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.99 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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Destination New Mexico: A Land Apart

Almost every New Mexican has a tale or two to tell about being perceived as a "foreigner" by the rest of the country. There is the well-documented case of the Santa Fe man who tried to purchase tickets to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, only to be shuffled over to the department handling international requests. Even the U.S. Postal Service occasionally returns New Mexico-bound mail to its senders for insufficient "international" postage.

Though annoying to residents, such cases of mistaken identity are oddly apt (keep an ear open to how often New Mexicans refer to their state, one of the nation's poorest, as a Third World country). New Mexico is, in many ways, an anomaly: it has its own cuisine, architecture, fashion, and culture, all of these an amalgam of the designs and accidents of a long and intriguing history. In prehistoric times Native Americans hunted game in New Mexico's mountains and farmed along its riverbanks. Two thousand years ago Pueblo Indians began expressing their reverence for the land through flat-roofed earthen architecture, drawings carved onto rocks, and rhythmic chants and dances. The late-16th and early 17th century brought the Spanish explorers who, along with the Franciscan monks, founded Santa Fe as a northern capital of the empire of New Spain, a settlement that was contemporaneous with the Jamestown colony of Virginia.

The resulting mélange of cultures has produced a character that is uniquely New Mexican: Spanish words are sprinkled liberally through everyday English parlance; Spanish itself, still widely spoken in the smaller villages, contains numerous words from the PuebloIndian dialects. Architectural references and culinary terms in particular tend to hew to the original Spanish: you'll admire the vigas and bancos that adorn the restaurant where you'll partake of posole or chiles rellenos.

But beyond the linguistic quirks, gastronomic surprises, and cultural anomalies that give New Mexico its sense of uniqueness, there remains the most distinctive feature of all -- the landscape. At once subtle and dramatic, the mountains and mesas seem almost surreal as they glow gold, terra-cotta, and pink in the clear, still air of the high desert. The shifting clouds overhead cast rippling shadows across the land, illuminating the delicate palette of greens, grays, and browns that contrast with a sky that can go purple or dead black or eye-searingly blue in a matter of seconds. It's a landscape that has inspired writers (such as D.H. Lawrence and Willa Cather), painters (Georgia O'Keeffe), and countless poets, dreamers, and assorted iconoclasts for centuries.




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Table of Contents

Contents
On the Road with Fodor's
Don't Forget to Write
Smart Travel Tips A to Z
Destination: New Mexico
A Land Apart
What's Where
New and Noteworthy
Pleasures and Pastimes
Great Itineraries
Fodor's Choice
Festivals and Seasonal Events
Santa Fe
With Side Trips to Area Pueblos and Historic Sites
UP-CLOSE Taos
Taos
With the Enchanted Circle and Taos Ski Valley
Northeastern New Mexico
Albuquerque
With Side Trips Along the Turquoise Trail
Northwestern New Mexico
UP-CLOSE Northwestern New Mexico
Southeastern New Mexico
Including White Sands National Monument and Texas's Guadalupe Mountains
Southwestern New Mexico
UP-CLOSE Southwestern New Mexico
Including El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Background and Essentials
"Chile Time"
Books and Videos
Glossary
Index
Maps


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