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Taos, NM Named as TripAdvisor's #1 'U.S. Towns Among Diamonds in the Rough'

TAOS, N.M., April 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Taos, New Mexico has been chosen as TripAdvisor's #1 choice among a recent list of the top "13 U.S. Towns that are Diamonds in the Rough." To create the list, TripAdvisor looked at all 2014 vacation rental review scores across the country and identified the best-rated locations. Locations must have received at least 500 reviews to be considered.

TripAdvisor's criteria required that the towns possess "rich history and culture, gorgeous scenery, an abundance of activities, family friendly attractions and top notch vacation home accommodations."

Taos was described in the article as "a charming pet-friendly town known for its Spanish influence and picturesque scenery...lending itself to incredible outdoor adventures like climbing, hiking, kayaking, zip lines, horseback or llama treks."

In fact, TripAdvisor's Secret Travel Tip for visitors to Taos was that it has been hailed as the most pet-friendly destination in the Southwest.

Other towns included in the top 13 list behind Taos are (by ranking): Boone, N.C.; Estes Park, Colo.; Oceanside, Calif.; Fort Meyers, Fla.; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Cape May, N.J.; Fredericksburg, Texas; Park City, Utah; Newport Beach, Calif.; Seaside, Oreg.; and Gulf Shores, Ala.

Taos is celebrating several milestones in 2015 including the 100th anniversary of when the Taos Society of Artists was formed.

Other milestones in 2015 include: 400th anniversary of the Spanish colonization of Taos Plaza; 200th anniversary of the completion of San Francisco de Asis Church; 50th anniversary of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge's opening to the public; and 30th anniversary of Taos Pueblo's Pow Wow, among other milestones. Related events will take place throughout the year. Visit taos.org/trip-ideas/2015-milestones for a complete list of events.

To read the entire article, visit tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2015/04/17/tripadvisor-hidden-gems-13-us-towns-diamonds-in-rough/

For more information about the Town of Taos, visit taos.org.

According to TripAdvisor's website, TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide.

CONTACT: Joanie Griffin jgriffin@griffinassoc.com 505-261-4444Source:Taos