If you want to explore what the Southwest has to offer, Santa Fe is a great place to start. The city is not only the state capital of New Mexico, but also its cultural center. With so many museums, galleries and event spaces to explore, make sure you book one of our Santa Fe hotels for a nearby retreat once you are ready to relax.
Here is a small sample of the many things to explore while in town:
When visiting Santa Fe, a walk down Canyon Road is a great place to start. The street is dotted with a number of art galleries, architecturally interesting homes and buildings, as well as a variety of publicly-displayed sculptures and other works of art.
Next, stop into the Nedra Matteucci Galleries to see museum-quality American Art from the 19th and 20th centuries for free. Make sure not to miss out on the gallery’s beautiful outdoor sculpture garden before you leave.
The Museum of International Folk Art has a variety of rotating exhibits and features folk art from around the world. Items on display range from textiles, to carvings, to toys, and more from more than 100 countries. The Museum also features a recently-renovated Hispanic Heritage wing, which focuses on Hispanic folk art from New Mexico and other countries of the western hemisphere.
For even more art, visit the free galleries at the New Mexico State Capitol, featuring a number of paintings, sculptures and artifacts from New Mexico’s residents as well as the area’s indigenous population. The capitol also offers tours for those interested in taking a guided look around New Mexico’s political hub.
If you want a quiet place to reflect, St. Francis Cathedral right on the plaza is worth investigating. This Catholic Church is a wonderful representation of classical Romanesque architecture, complete with beautiful stained glass, sculptures and other interesting religious artifacts.
Finally, end your day by taking in a show at the Santa Fe Opera House. This outdoor venue boasts breathtaking views of the nearby Sangre de Christo Mountains and a schedule full of classical operas and plays as well as more modern concert options.
With so much to see and do in Santa Fe, you will need a clean and comfortable room to come back to at the end of a long day. Book with Choice Hotels in Santa Fe today and prepare to experience this exciting capital and cultural hub of New Mexico.
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