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Santa Fe

Artists and visionaries have been flocking to Santa Fe, the nation’s oldest state capital, since Spanish settlers first arrived in 1610. Bustling with Spanish colonial architecture and modern galleries, the city’s reputation as a premier cultural destination is well earned. It’s also a high-desert haven for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.

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O’Keeffe Painted Here

Recognized as “the mother of American modernism,” Georgia O’Keeffe was Santa Fe’s most famous resident and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a fitting tribute to her artistic genius. An easy walk from Santa Fe Plaza, the museum is a must-see for visitors looking to understand the city’s long-standing influence on artistic movements. Her home at Ghost Ranch is another favorite. The Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the New Mexico History Museum are also well worth the visit. Visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas, or “the Ranch of the Swallows,” a living history museum.

Fun on Water

Situated in proximity to both the Rio Chama and the Rio Grande, Santa Fe is the perfect jumping-off point for all your whitewater adventures. There are numerous outfitters in town that can arrange anywhere from half-day to multiday trips on raging Class IV waters, to serene floats through dramatic, sun-speckled canyons. Fly-fishing the Chama is another classic New Mexico pastime, and expert guides are available to point you in the direction of the river’s best eddies. The streams that meander through the mountain meadows of the Valles Caldera National Preserve are also well-known as serene and bountiful fly-fishing hot spots.

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Enchanted Hiking

At first glance, the 12,000-foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo range might overwhelm some hikers, but there are plenty of trails ranging from easy to challenging that await. The Dale Ball Trail system and the Dorothy Stewart Trail are minutes from downtown and a great introduction to the surrounding foothills. Forty-five minutes away, the canyon trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is another perfect beginner-level hike that leads to incredible views.

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