Though it may be small, the city of Santa Fe knows how to make an impression. Recognized as the oldest capital in the U.S., its sweet Spanish chapels, distinct adobe homes, and historic government buildings are all testaments to that rich history.
Perhaps most importantly for visitors is Santa Fe’s walkability: The city, which began as a Spanish settlement some 400 years ago, is brimming with museums, houses of worship, markets, and other attractions that visitors can get to on foot. Start at the Plaza, and work your way east along Canyon Road, which is sandwiched by the delightful Santa Fe River Park and the acequia madre. Maybe it’s the concentration of important museums, or maybe it’s all that history—the oldest church, and the oldest house in America are both found here—but Santa Fe has a way of inspiring creativity.
“Santa Fe is a place where one can experiment,” says Emily Doyle, who works for the prestigious Santa Fe Opera House, a grand open-air theater on the outskirts of town. Indeed, there’s innovation in abundance here: In addition to Canyon Road’s famous galleries, there are nightly summer concerts in the Plaza, as well as a mind-bending psychedelic haunted house, and a newly revamped arts district.
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