Santa Fe, the rugged, high-desert New Mexico town at 7,199 feet above sea level is nestled in the foothills of the ink-blue Sangre de Cristo Mountains. You’ll first notice the sunny skies against the striking, sandy-brown pueblo architecture—but there's so much more to discover here. Renowned for its Native American, Spanish, and Mexican traditions and art, this is the oldest capital city in the United States, and also a bonafide culture epicenter. And yes, there are the museums, galleries and music venues aplenty—not to mention unique healing arts, vast outdoor wonders, and (of course) a heaping of that earthy, spicy, Southwestern cuisine around every corner. Below, a sampling of the best classics and newcomers in the City Different that make up the best things to do in Santa Fe.
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