You can’t really appreciate Santa Fe’s nickname until you arrive in the “City Different”. The flourishing arts town in simultaneously hippyish and upscale. It’s pueblo architecture is like nothing I’ve seen before. Founded in 1607 at an elevation of 7,000 feet, it is America’s oldest and highest capital city. Full of history and culture, it uniquely blends its Native American, Spanish and Anglo roots. The magnificently quaint one mile stretch of Canyon Road has the densest concentration of art galleries in the world. Not to mention that the surrounding hills inspired much of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, which can be explored at a museum dedicated to her work or nearby Ghost Ranch. Native Americans have been selling arts and crafts in the Palace of the Governors Portal for hundreds of years, now the best spot to pick up handmade turquoise jewelry – with a story – from local Native American artists. The food is fresh, colourful and perfectly spiced with local chillies, while hidden rooftop and garden patios serve as ideal places to take it all in. Surrounding areas offer unique geological landscapes, healing hot springs and Native American pueblos. If all of that doesn’t convince you that Santa Fe is beyond comparison, I will let the photos speak for themselves!
Have you visited Santa Fe? What were your impressions?