Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Historic Sites & Culture
New Mexico is home to twenty-three Native American tribes, nations, and pueblos. Since these people inhabited the area long before the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, their culture, arts, tradition, and beliefs are still very strong. Along with that unique culture, the Spanish and European influences can be seen throughout the city as well. You can explore more than a dozen museums that document the region's history and countless historic sites including ruins, ancient churches, and monuments.
The Palace of the Governors, which displays the history of the city, is the oldest continuously occupied building in the United States! Next door, you can visit the New Mexico State History Museum that explores the history of the region as well. One of the oldest homes in America is located in the city as well, dating back to 1646. Of course, you should also visit the center of life in the town - the Plaza, which has been around for more than 400 years. With so much history to explore, you are sure to learn so much and have a great time doing it.
The architecture is unlike anything you'll see anywhere else in the country. There is a city law that ensures all new construction of buildings in the historic districts matches the old, Pueblo style. The low, earth-colored homes made with adobe bricks, which is a mixture of straw and sun-dried earth, looks beautiful against the backdrop of the mountains. There are many tours that will take you to see the best of this architectural style. The city's unique and characteristic architecture reflects the diverse cultures that have left their mark on the area. After the ancestral Pueblo dwellers, other groups have left their mark as well: the Spaniards brought their enclosed patios and arches and the Anglo Europeans during the 1820s and 1860s brought the neo-Grecian, Victorian, and Craftsman-style. So many aspects of the city are inspired by its history!
Make sure you bring your appetite on this trip; this city is a food-lover's paradise. Southwestern cuisine is innovated by award-winning chefs! As well as the restaurants, you can also visit the farmer's market
This city is known for its amazing art scene. Check out the New Mexico Museum of Art, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Meow Wolf, or the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. If those don't interest you, there are more than 250 other art galleries located on Canyon Road, downtown Lincoln Avenue, and more. You can take studio tours, simply view the art, or purchase your own to take back home. As well as visual art, there is also plenty of performance art like live music.
When you visit, you will be at an elevation of 7,000 above sea level and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and the valley of the Rio Grande, surrounded by over 1.5 million acres of beautiful land. There is sunshine more than 300 days out of the year and it has some of the purest air in the country! You can find biking, golf, hiking, camping, horseback riding, kayaking, and so much more! Get out there and explore, no matter the season.
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