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History & Culture

The Legendary City - Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is a city rich in history. Known as the nation's oldest capital city, Santa Fe, New Mexico experienced waves of migrations along the three trails that led here. For over 400 years, artists, chefs, wellness experts, and other creative dreamers all brought their culture, talents, and experience with them and met in Santa Fe’s unique blend of Anglo, Spanish and Native Cultures. The early Native American inhabitants called Santa Fe the "Dancing Ground of the Sun;" while the founding frontiersman at the turn of the 20th century referred to it as "The City Different." Both those nicknames still hold true today.

If you love history, you’ve come to the right place, Santa Fe’s rich past is preserved in historic sites located throughout the city. The oldest house in Santa Fe dates back to 1200 A.D. and is located in the heart of the downtown area. The history of Santa Fe is easily accessible even to first-time visitors as many of the historic building are distinguishable by informative plaques or even better, partake in one of the many walking tours and get the insights from a local guide.

Historic sites

Historic sites

Explore ancient Native American ruins filled with petroglyphs or a living history museum devoted to Spanish Colonial life. Visit centuries-old adobe and European-style churches or ride a historic working railroad. With such a layered history Santa Fe draws visitors back over and over again to uncover its fascinating past and experience its unforgettable present.

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Endless Museums

Endless Museums

Visit Santa Fe’s museums and awaken an artist within you. There is a good reason why Santa Fe has drawn artists like Georgia O’Keeffe there for generations. No matter what age, you will surely be inspired by the rich blend of history, art and cultural heritage with more than a dozen state and private museums around Santa Fe.

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Authentic Indian Pueblos

Authentic Indian Pueblos

American Indians were the first inhibitors of Santa Fe with their oldest house dating back to 1200 A.D. Today still their timeless cultures, traditions, arts, and beliefs continue to enrich the state. There are 19 pueblos, eight of these located in majestic mountain landscape between Santa Fe and Colorado, also known as the “Eight Northern Pueblos.” Read more about the Eight Northern Pueblos on Santa Fe’s Official Travel Site