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Santa Fe

Walk a Southwest city with deep historic roots


As the oldest capital in North America and the oldest European settlement west of the Mississippi, Santa Fe in the Southwestern United States was once caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between nations. Today, the story of the city’s emergence from a conquered land to the capital of America’s 47th state is reflected in the many cultures it honors—a place where visitors see history coalesce with new discoveries.

Known for its Spanish-Pueblo style architecture and surrounding desert landscapes, Santa Fe is considered by many as one of the most dazzling cities of the American West. A vibrant local art scene keeps this town buzzing with activity.

Enduring Spanish Legacy

Santa Fe was established by Spain 13 years before the Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock. It would eventually become the power seat for the Spanish Empire north of the Rio Grande. The American flag was first raised in Santa Fe in 1846 during the Mexican-American War, but the legacy of Spain would never leave the city.


Bustling Town

The Plaza has been the heart of downtown Santa Fe for nearly 400 centuries. It is host to Native American and Spanish markets as well as concerts and festivals.

Art galleries are plentiful in Santa Fe, and one of the highlights is the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which exhibits works by the painter who helped put the city’s art scene on the map.

Surreal Landscapes

See nature’s artwork at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, located less than an hour to the east of Santa Fe. The cone-shaped rock formations were created by volcanic eruptions from millions of years ago and have inspired countless artists and photographers.

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