This far-out mountain town — an underrated adventure destination for the summer — is unlike any other place on Earth. Bordered on three sides by the towering red peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is positioned in a high desert valley and is one of the few places that’s preserved its native culture, art scene and love for the great outdoors. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb the tallest mountain in New Mexico — Wheeler Peak — or if you’re a skilled paddler, take on the Taos Box section of the Rio Grande.