Place: Santa Fe, N.M.
Last visited: May
My perspective: Santa Fe once was a true artists' colony, with such greats as Georgia O'Keeffe among its residents. Now it's just a bad art tourist trap. It feels like a cross between Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland. The city is so concerned with preserving the pueblo look that it is now dominated by a look that is more theme architecture than authentic environment.
Suggested alternative: Mesa Verde National Park, Colo.
--Noemi Tagorda, Los Angeles
Pictured: Santa Fe Opera