Cultural crossroads: Getting your fix in Santa Fe

Even though it's only four hours away, going to Santa Fe sometimes feels like a vacation abroad. Inhabited by indigenous peoples for hundreds of years, the city was settled in 1610 by Spanish colonists. Today, New Mexico's capital swarms with a mix of Old World architecture, Pueblo style adobe buildings and narrow, winding streets. There’s also a world class art and museum scene – not to mention southwestern cuisine to make diehard foodies swoon. But what really brings the spirit to the city is the buzzing of locals and tourists alike in the central plaza, where there’s always something going on. Whatever it is that brings you to this rustic yet cosmopolitan corner of the Southwest, it’s guaranteed to be worth the trip.


A friendly busker plays tunes for folks leaving church near Santa Fe's central plaza on Sunday afternoon.
A chile ristra outside an adobe building is quintessential New Mexico.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, built in 1886, stands tall in downtown Santa Fe.
A modern, interactive artwork sits in front of an art museum in the railroad district.