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Santa Fe and Taos: Art, Culture and the Great Outdoors

Author: soliteyah (More Trip Reviews by soliteyah)
Date of Trip: September 2007

We went back to the plaza after dinner and listened to the band play a bit before heading to our last hotel, the Howard Johnson Express Inn. We somehow passed it the first time but had better luck on our second try. It was nice enough -- two double beds, a pool, hot breakfast, etc. for about $80 a night with taxes.

On our last morning we headed to Petroglyph National Monument, which is just minutes away from downtown Albuquerque. The park itself is very pretty, with rocky cliffs covered in ancient Native American petroglyphs, but the effect is ruined slightly by the fact that it's surrounded by suburbs -- houses and cul-de-sacs are encroaching from several directions. Still, we enjoyed hiking a bit in the park before we had to return our rental car and head home. We had two very smooth flights and then touched down in Philadelphia around 10 p.m.

Mom and I agreed that it was a great trip. I'd never been out west, so I was truly amazed by the scenery -- the wide openness of it, the freshness of the air, and the beauty of the mountains. I definitely want to go back soon!

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