Santa Fe, NM

Best Places to Visit in Santa Fe

Haris Mohammad
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Sant Fe. Also known as The City Different.

Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is the oldest and the highest state capital in the United States. Widely regarded as one of the world’s great art cities, Santa Fe’s rich history, great cuisine, Spanish heritage, and numerous art galleries and installations attract millions of tourists every year.

If you plan to visit the city or are already there and thinking about exploring it, here are some of the best places to visit in Santa Fe.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a private, non-profit museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the late great Georgia O’Keeffe.

Considered as one of the finest abstract artists of her time, O’Keefe helped establish the American modernism movement through her art. She is deservedly called the “Mother of American modernism.”

It houses the largest repository of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work and personal materials, including items from her historic houses.

The museum highlights include O’Keeffe at the University of Virginia, 1912–1914, an exhibition of watercolors she created over three summers at the University of Virginia.

For a self-guided audio tour, simply download the museum’s application. And do watch the short video to learn more about her life, career, and art.

Here’s a fun fact: The museum and O’Keeffe’s painting My Last Door were depicted in the popular show Breaking Bad! 

Oh, and you can order replicas of O’Keeffe’s work from the museum’s online store.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of AssisiJohn Fowler/Wikipedia

Officially elevated to a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on October 4, 2005, The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. 

Designed in the Romanesque Revival style, the cathedral is an architectural masterpiece. The many statues on the grounds surrounding it, including those of St. Francis and Jean-Baptiste Lamy, are impressive and offer you a window into the history of the place and Christianity itself.

Another feature that grabs peoples’ attention is the Keystone in the arch above the main entrance containing a triangle with the Tetragrammaton in Hebrew carved in it.

Meow Wolf Santa Fe

A trip to Santa Fe wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Meow Wolf.

Talk about music and art! It doesn’t get any better. 

An enormous robot statue welcomes you into the 20,000 square foot facility of Meow Wolf that includes an immersive art installation, learning center, and concert venue.

One highlight of the place is the House of Eternal Return. Featuring over 70 rooms of immersive art, it offers a memorable and mind-bending experience to its visitors — kids and adults alike.

Some of the most popular installations include the science fiction-inspired Biome Neuro Norb, and Auto Wolf, an installation centered around the destruction and reuse of a donated car,

It’s a place like no other, but you have to see it to believe it.

Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe PlazaBeatrice Murch/Flickr

The Santa Fe Plaza is widely considered “the heart of Santa Fe.” Based on the style of the Spanish-American colonial cities, it is a National Historic Landmark and happening place attracting many tourists.

You get almost everything — music, dance, design, jewelry, art, and more — at Santa Fe Plaza. It also hosts several annual events, including Fiestas de Santa Fe, the Spanish Market, the Santa Fe Bandstand, and the Santa Fe Indian Market.

The Plaza has several mature trees, street lamps, a banco, a central monument, a buried time capsule(hello!), a bandstand, and a water fountain. It all adds to the charm of the place, turning it into a great place to hang out and chill in the city!

So these were some of the places you must visit if you’re in Santa Fe. I must add that due to the pandemic, some sections might not be open, or there could be certain restrictions. So make sure you do the necessary research before visiting.

Also, please follow the guideline. Have fun but stay safe.

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