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Enchanted Circle Drive

Taos, NM
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Ranked #5 of 39 attractions in Taos
Type: Scenic Drives
Description: Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos.
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honolulu
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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's a pleasant drive. 2-3 hours from Taos. Some nice views of mountains and ski villages but don't expect anything spectacular.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We included Taos Ski Valley, so it was a nice overview of the 3 ski areas - Taos, Red River and Angel Fire. It was a great ride with beautiful scenery, mountains and twisty roads, not too far between each area with several options for gas, food or other activities along the way. Definitely picturesque!

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Loveland, Colorado
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209 reviews 209 reviews
77 attraction reviews
819 helpful votes 819 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I have just a couple of words for those very few reviewers who "poo-pooed" this drive, and these words would be censored by TA. It is a pleasant and worthwhile drive if for no other reason than to visit the magnificent Vietnam War Memorial. If you can't invest 2 hours of your life for this, then just go to the... More

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Newark,Delaware
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168 reviews 168 reviews
46 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We drove this Circle, it takes about 2 hours but you will be swept away by the areas beauty. You will feel inspired. There are a few stops along the way to, like the Vetnam Memorial that was made with love from a Father to a son.

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Antioch, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The scenery is spectacular. Great day, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the views. Also stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, very poignant.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Did the enchanted circle yesterday (july). Stopped at several places on the way to red river to look at and photo the creek/river running along the road. Very nice drive in the morning. Not much traffic. Stopped in Red River and walked around for a while. Nice mountain town. Then stopped at the Vietnam Veteran memorial. What a powerful place.... More

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La Paz, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Very picturesque drive. If you pass thru Eagles Nest be sure and stop at the Viet Nam War Memorial. Very well done and worth the visit.

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Gainesville, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

At Angel Fire, the first stop on the Enchanted Circle, stands the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, first and only one of its kind. Built by a veteran's father, the site is deeply moving. The chapel is beautiful, the museum worth seeing, and the video -well, there is a reason boxes of Kleenex are left around. It is not to be missed.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you're a good cyclist and you love climbing long gradual, but high altitude climbs with beautiful views then you want to do this loop! Go early to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms!

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San Antonio, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We were staying in Angel Fire and decided to make this one of our excursions. It was mainly good for the lovely country. We stopped at Red River and rode up the mountain. Great visit. Otherwise there's Taos, and you really need a day or two there! Worth the drive...only 84 miles.

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