Santa Fe is a hippy’s, author’s, artist’s, historian’s and trendsetter’s paradise! You definitely want to find a cheap flight to Santa Fe or fly into Albuquerque and then take the Railrunner train over to Santa Fe for a great visit. This city is older than the Pilgrim’s on Plymouth Rock – as it was settled by Spanish missionaries before they thought of boarding the Mayflower! So, put on some comfortable walking shoes and get ready to explore this chic city!
There are several old churches which are worth a visit. You will want to stop in to the Loretto Chapel, which was completed in the 1880s. You will be stunned by the stained glass which came all the way from Paris and then crossed the country in a covered wagon. There is also a stunning Miraculous Staircase, which goes from the chapel floor up to the choir loft. You are sure to enjoy this now museum. Another must see is the St. Francis Cathedral, which is still part of the archdiocese of Santa Fe. This church holds possession of the oldest Madonna in the US, as well as several other religious relics, you will want to check out.
If you enjoy the outdoors, you will want to visit the Santa Fe Plaza and have a look around at the shops, as well as take a stroll down Canyon Road, which offers plenty of quaint shops and delicious local eats! You can also Ski Santa Fe if you are there in the winter or go hiking in the mountains surrounding the city if you prefer your visit during the warmer months.
Art lovers are sure to be busy! There are so many places you won’t want to miss, make sure to check the opening times and plan accordingly. To start off, you will want to stop by the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, which highlights some of her work. Don’t forget the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum for an experience of traditional styles and art dating back centuries in this area and still carried out today. The Museum of Art also offers a look into the past, which will leave you breathless. If contemporary art is more your style, then stop by the Lewallen Contemporary Art Gallery to see what they have on display. Other great galleries include the Touching Stone, the Farrell Fischoff Gallery, the Linda Durham Contemporary Art Gallery, the Cicada Art and Fashion Gallery and many others. Like I said, plan ahead, if you enjoy art because you will want to make sure to catch the many offerings available in Santa Fe.
Most people think Santa Fee is only Native American and Spanish, but today this city hosts art from around the world. This trendy city is considered a must-stop on the list of travel destinations for art, nature, and history lovers – so find a cheap flight and plan your excursion!