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TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
TAOS, N.M. — To winter sports enthusiasts, Taos is best known for its challenging ski slopes. But this northern New Mexico town has plenty more to offer visitors year-round, on and off the slopes. A hipper little sister of sorts to Santa Fe, Taos is known for its diverse outdoor offerings as well as its funky town square packed full of history, art galleries and Hispanic and Native American culture. Whereas Santa Fe is known for its wealth, Taos is lower-key and tends to attracts a younger, more starving-artist-type crowd. It's a town where new-age nomadic hippies, (referred to locally as "sage monkeys") peacefully coexist with artists, natives, daredevil skiers and even wealthy Texan tourists. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Taos.
FILE - In this June 14, 2010 file photo, workers apply mud to the the San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, N.M., as part of an annual ritual that has been done for nearly 200 years. The historic church was made famous by the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe and the photographs of Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
This Oct. 3, 2012 photo shows the Mabel Dodge Luhan house in Taos, N.M., a historic inn and conference center. Luhan moved to Taos in 1919 and is considered the unofficial founder of the town’s artistic and intellectual community. She hosted luminaries like painter Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Ansel Adams, and D. H. Lawrence painted the home’s bathroom windows, which can be seen on an upper floor from the outside. Visitors can stop by the building and grounds, one of a number of attractions in the Taos area. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Everybody gathers around Joe, the guy who seems to have all the answers. Only he doesn't.
Think of it as arts and drafts.
This image provided by the National Parks Service shows Ansel Adams' 1942 photo of the Tetons and Snake River overlook in Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming. (AP Photo/National Parks Service)
Dwayne Stowell was just a high school senior when his life was instantly changed.
Photographers have long been drawn to Arizona for its unparalleled natural scenes — and not just the pro’s with the expensive cameras, either. All of us, it seems, have photos taken from atop mountains or the sides of scenic roads.
Ansel Adams, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, from White House Overlook, Arizona, 1942 Ansel Adams Archive/Purchase © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
“Iconic Arizona”: Take a visual tour of the places and landmarks that make Arizona like no place else on Earth at this new exhibition subtitled “Celebrating the Centennial with Photographs from the Center for Creative Photography.” Highlights include works by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Aaron Siskind, as well as images from Arizona photographers David Muench, Dick Arentz and John Schafer.
DETAILS >> Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through March 4, 2012. Also open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. $4-$10 per person. (602) 257-1222 or www.phxart.org.
PICTURED: Ansel Adams, Monument Valley, Utah, 1958 Ansel Adams Archive/Purchase © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico lives up to its nickname "The Land of Enchantment" every time I visit.
Photographers love Arizona for its panoramic vistas and striking geological features, but few outside the field may realize that the state is also home to a notable institution that helps preserve and advance photography itself — the Center for Creative Photography at University of Arizona.
Ansel Adams, Road and Fence, Point Reyes, California, ca. 1939. Ansel Adams Archive. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
Earth Day is Thursday, and there may be no more timely, fitting way to observe the occasion in the Valley than gazing upon the transfixing photographs of the American landscape currently on display at Phoenix Art Museum.
Ansel Adams. Grand Tetons and Snake River, 1942. Ansel Adams Archive. 84.92.542. The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
Here are some ideas to get you started on the road to your ultimate anti-Super Bowl escape.
"Edward Weston: Mexico" isn't simply a collection of photographs hanging in a museum. The exhibit details a specific time in the influential 20th-century photographer's life.
As a child, everything I knew about the Grand Canyon State I learned from a magazine called Arizona Highways. Sharp pictures rich in color captured breathtaking scenes from intimate hidden crevices above the Colorado River to the brilliant red rocks towering over Sedona to spring grasses waving in the wind under the classic outstretched arms of saguaro. Before I ever set foot in Arizona, the magazine’s feature stories led me to a special appreciation for the state’s culture.
“Oh, don’t bring that out,” my wife said. This was halfway through our idyllic holiday weekend. Family had gathered from near and far with no tearful recriminations, fistfuls of hair or significant blood loss. I brought out our camera to record the event. This made me a little unpopular. (“Oh, why are you doing that?” “I don’t want to pose for pictures.” “Can you wait till I’m out of the bathroom?”)
Only in the world of calendars can your panting centerfold be a bathing beauty or a golden retriever.
Tucson will never be Phoenix. That’s the first thing Tucsonans will tell you about their town, which was founded in the 18th century as a Spanish outpost. From Interstate 10 Tucson looks like a bland mishmash of strip malls, modern buildings and aging adobe structures.
Tucson will never be Phoenix. That’s the first thing Tucsonans will tell you about their town, which was founded in the 18th century as a Spanish outpost.
Museums, galleries, theaters, even public art — nothing in Scottsdale has remained untouched by a cultural boom resounding throughout the city.