New Mexico Journeys Into The Past
New Mexico is a state unlike any other. Filled with world famous festivals and events such as the largest hot air balloon festival in the world in Albuquerque as well as some of the oldest and most historically important destinations in the U.S. including Native American Monuments, Old West monuments, trails of Hispanic cultural importance dating back hundreds of years, railroads and so much more, it is easy to see why the slogan for New Mexico is simply “true”. Real experiences, life and more await the visitor ready to explore this diverse land.
One of the fastest growing, well known and influential of all cities in New Mexico today is the city of Santa Fe. Referred to as the “city different”, Santa Fe is home to around 70,000 residents of all walks of live including those of Hispanic, Eastern European and Native American descent. Fourth largest city in New Mexico it is located at about 7,000 feet above sea level in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains. Founded in the early 1600′s, Santa Fe is the oldest capital in the U.S. today. It also ranks as the second oldest city in general and the highest capital city as well.
The first city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City, it is only one of 30 to have this title in the world today. Those cities known for their art and craft, food and wine, literature, media as well as arts and music are the only cities to be considered for this honor. In addition to Santa Fe, the other cities holding this unique title within the field of crafts and folk art include:
- Aswan, Egypt
- Kanazawa, Japan
- Icheon, Republic of Korea
In Santa Fe, the reason that it received this honor is due to its deeply rooted traditions of the exchange of goods, ideas and know how. It is well known for its trade fairs in the past as well as its fairs, festivals and events in regards to art, entrepreneurs and traditions in music, food, wine and art today as well. Now home to over 300 art galleries and dealers, Santa Fe is also home to world class opera, historical sites of interest as well as over 200 restaurants featuring cuisines steeped in New Mexican tradition as well as foods from around the world.
Averaging over 300 days of sun a year, travel to Santa Fe is pleasant year round. A popular and thriving tourist destination, getting around Santa Fe is easy with many options available for public transportation as well as a walkable downtown.
From resort style vacations to B and B’s, camping and more, diversity is key in Santa Fe and offers visitors a multitude of options for travel. Explore the history, the markets, the road trips, classes, art, music, culture, adventures and festivals that make this one of the most well known and popular cities for travel in the world today.
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