Santa Fe, New Mexico High Culture and History
If you are seeking a delightfully different urban experience, try Santa Fe. It lives up to its billing as “the city different”. Its distinctive features include an eclectic mixture of native American, Spanish colonial and contemporary Western cultures, great architecture and an emphasis on art, entertainment and cuisine.
Its gorgeous setting at 7.000 feet at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, surrounded by forests, leads to the town cherishing its views and protecting them with a city code that prohibits high rise buildings in city limits. It also boasts an average of 325 days of sunshine.
The architecture and food in the city are worth a trip in themselves. But there is a lot more too. Beautiful and historic adobe structures dominate, and the native New Mexico cuisine is flavored by pungent native American peppers. It is simply delicious and very different from TexMex and other Spanish inspired foods. There are also over 400 restaurants in Santa Fe.
If you are looking for art and entertainment, Santa Fe has what you seek. It is home to over 250 galleries and abounds with native American art and jewelry as well as art from around the world. The city also has 20 major museums and many government buildings (including the state capitol) as which house many precious pieces of art. The city also boasts an opera company, dance companies and an orchestra.
The town’s history is amazing, rivalling places like At. Augustine and Boston. The nation’s oldest state capital, established in 1610, Santa Fe is the site of the Palace of the Governors, the nation’s oldest continuously occupied government building (dating from 1610), the oldest house and church are nearby and the Santa Fe Fiesta dates from 1712.
The best way to take it all (including some attractions elsewhere in New Mexico) is to purchase a New Mexico Culture Pass for only $30. It includes admission to eight museums and seven historic sights.
- https://santafe.org/ Visiting_Santa_Fe/
- https://www.youtube. com/user/santafeorg
- https://www.desertusa. com/cities/nm/santafe.html
Santa Fe can be reached by highway, air or train.
- By car, Santa Fe is on Interstate 25, between Albuquerque and Las Vegas, New Mexico.
- By air, the nearest major airport is the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), 65 miles distant.
- By train, the nearest Amtrak station is Albuquerque, 63 miles away. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express train connects Santa Fe with the Albuquerque Amtrak station 7 days per week.
- There are no cruise ports near this inland location.