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Santa Fe Introduction


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The rich cultural heritage of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is apparent everywhere—from the Native Americans selling goods on the Plaza to the Hispanic influence of its chili-flavored menus and the still-entrenched feel of the Wild West. The adobe buildings of Santa Fe line its twisting streets, and in the late afternoon sun they seem luminous.  Click here to see the full Santa Fe travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santa Fe Geography


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Santa Fe is a modest-sized city, and most of its attractions are quite close together. Many of the city's better restaurants, shops and sights are located downtown, within a few blocks of the historic Plaza—the heart of Santa Fe. Another prime district for visitors is Canyon Road, just southeast of downtown (within walking distance), where many of the art galleries are located. Several of the city's best museums are on Museum Hill, which is south of Canyon Road (bus service is available). Many h...  Click here to see the full Santa Fe travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santa Fe History


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Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the U.S. Founded by the Spanish in 1610, the original name of Santa Fe was La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis (the Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi). This explains why St. Francis appears in place names all over town.  Click here to see the full Santa Fe travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santa Fe Sightseeing & Things to Do


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By far the best way to see Santa Fe is on foot, as the main downtown area is very compact in size. The Plaza is where you should begin exploring Santa Fe. Once teeming with traders, farmers, produce and livestock, the Plaza used to encompass many more blocks than it does today. What remains is a small park (a nice resting spot for pedestrians) surrounded by shops, galleries and restaurants. Santa Fe has some of the oldest buildings in the nation, among them the centuries-old Palace of the Governors on the north side of the Plaza. A former seat of government, it's now a part of the New Mexico History Museum as well as an outdoor marketplace for Native Americans selling jewelry and crafts.   Click here to see the full Santa Fe travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santa Fe Nightlife


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Santa Fe isn't known for its scintillating nightlife, but young bar and nightclub owners are seeking to liven up the scene. If you like dance that has a certain formality and sense of tradition to it, salsa and flamenco are very popular. There are some cozy bars in the downtown area. Those in finer hotels tend to attract an upscale crowd. On weekend nights, you won't have to look far to find local music, including country and jazz. Nightspots tend to close around 2 am.  Click here to see the full Santa Fe travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santa Fe Restaurants & Dining


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Food is certainly one of the lures to Santa Fe, and chili peppers are the state's most distinctive agricultural product. They're also thoroughly entwined in the city's culinary evolution. (In fact, chilies are so much a part of New Mexican culture that the state legislature decreed the word be spelled "chile," not "chili." Our style, however, is chili, so we have not followed the politicians' edict.)   Click here to see the full Santa Fe travel guide on Travel42 »

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