As more popular vacation spots are being taken over by tourists, try getting off the beaten path and visiting these lesser-known places.
Driving the American Southwest is inspiration for a reboot for this local columnist.
Taos Pueblo is a symbol of the Tiwa people, who settled the area around Taos New Mexico 2000 years ago. Visiting Taos and Taos Pueblo in New Mexico.
SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah – A steep rock ledge, known locally as Ruin Point, stands sentinel over public lands rich with Native American antiquities preserved from the sands of time.
More than 700 years ago, ancestral Puebloans incised images of mountain sheep into sandstone faces now visible from dusty roads carved into canyons. Pieces of red and black-on-white pottery are scattered about snowy mesas, along with ancient corncobs and stone tools. Cliff houses wedged into crevices hide in plain sight, the blocks and mortar used to craft them blending seamlessly into steep stone walls.
Now, the 13,000-year-old historical record of Native Americans who inhabited the outskirts of two national monuments near the Colorado-Utah border is facing an unprecedented threat. On March 20, the federal government is scheduled to auction off almost 41,000 acres in southeast Utah to oil and gas companies under expedited lease sales ordered last year by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Just last week, Zinke abruptly postponed another lease sale – about 4,434 acres in New Mexico, including acreage on the cusp of a 10-mile buffer around Chaco Canyon, within the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
In need of a little soul-searching? These destinations offer a fabulous place to heal, and possibly even experience a life-changing…
Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico
Todos Santos is a magical place, just a little over an hour from hopping Cabo, yet truly a world away. A rugged, remote paradise, it draws all types of visitors, particularly the adventurous and creative types, with a wealth of art galleries, boho shops, surfing schools, welcoming cafes, an outstanding culinary scene, and of course, golden beaches that can often be enjoyed in total solitude. Although it has a laid-back culture, it packs a punch when it comes to things to do – with yoga studios galore, a wealth of festivals, community events and plenty of outdoor activities, from sea kayaking, snorkeling and whale watching to horseback riding along the sand. This town of around 6,000 permanent residents is special – it seems to have a soul of its own, making it difficult to leave but easy to discover what you’ve been missing. In fact, it might just be right here.
Mount Kailash, Tibet
Mount Kailash is considered one of China’s most beautiful mountains.
Experts say museums will not experience major upheaval—but fear that the Trump administration’s decision will diminish UNESCO’s influence.
Some of the most prominent cultural figures in the US, including the president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, swiftly expressed their opposition to the US government’s decision to pull out of UNESCO. The move, announced yesterday and expected to go into effect at the end of next year, is viewed by many in the cultural sector as yet another example of the Trump administration’s isolationist policies. But experts say the move, which comes after years of strained relations between the US and UNESCO, is more symbolic than anything else.
Aztec has a fascinating attraction that you will want to explore immediately.
Among the many astonishing things that can be enjoyed and explored in the American Southwest is the Aztec Ruins National Monument.
This major Ancestral Puebloan ruins development is more than 1,000 years old and dates back to the 12th century. The location is central to the City of Aztec. This 27-acre site is located near the banks of the Animas River. Its historical, cultural and physical significance is so great that in 1987 it was designated with the prestigious title as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Presently, the United States has only 23 UNESCO Sites, among which include the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the Statue of Liberty.
The Ruins were primarily constructed using stone and mortar.