There are so many amazing sights to see in Santa Fe. Sadly, I had only a few hours to explore the downtown area. I did my best to capture as much of Santa Fe as I possibly could in record time on a scheduled sightseeing tour.
My day began with a 64-mile ride on a motorcoach from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. It was the perfect opportunity for me to sit back and appreciate the beautiful scenery New Mexico offers.
New Mexico is home to 22 Native American tribes. In fact, several Pueblos are located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It was fascinating to learn about the Pueblos heritage from our step-on-guide en route to Santa Fe.
When we arrived in downtown Santa Fe, our first stop was the New Mexico State Capitol. It’s the only round-shaped state capitol building in the United States.
The rotunda is breathtaking with a magnificent display of the Great Seal of New Mexico flanked by beautiful artwork.
My next stop was the San Miquel Mission, which is the oldest known church in the United States.
There are endless shopping options in Santa Fe, so arrive with lots of money and extra room in your luggage to transport all of your amazing treasures back home.
Stop number three on my whirlwind tour of Santa Fe was The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. It’s the mother church of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Here you will find well-maintained grounds framing the stunning cathedral.
No visit to downtown Santa Fe is complete without a stop at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which opened to the public eleven years after the artist passed away. It’s a fantastic representation of her amazing body of work.
There are an incredible amount of restaurants to choose from and street food vendors as well.
It’s easy to roam off on your own to explore the many treasures of Santa Fe, which is exactly what I did to ensure I could see as much of Santa Fe as possible.
TIP: Grab a map, comfortable walking shoes and plan to meet up with your group at the Santa Fe Plaza, which is a National Historic Landmark in the downtown area. Bordered by shops and Native American vendors, it’s the perfect location to gather as a group to discuss the highlights of your day in Santa Fe.
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