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Santa Fe town, New Mexico NM

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I imagined Santa Fe to be a glorious town with golden architecture backed by magnificent mountains, but it's actually in quite a plain area geographically. Santa Fe sits in a high desert that is very dry with a few pine trees and bushes. It's not a desert with green adorable cacti like in Phoenix or Tucson. And the mountains are not the backdrop to the town. In Santa Fe, one feels quite ill from the high altitude and incredibly dry air. The town's saving grace is its adobe buildings which are very cute. 
The nice architecture is mainly clustered around the old square, Santa Fe Plaza. Here you will find some upscale adobe hotels, as well as some cute adobe houses with colorful doorways and window trim, on the side streets. The square itself is not that pretty and there are many homeless people outside the Palace of the Governors. Do not miss the incredible Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. It is everything a cathedral should be! Sit inside and soak up its magnificence. Loretto Chapel (a three minute walk from the Basilica), on the other hand, is privately owned, has an entrance fee, and you can't enjoy it because of the loud piped in informational recording inside the sweet little chapel- what a shame. Walking around the exterior of Loretto Chapel,  however, makes for a lovely stroll. Walk ten minutes to the west to check out the shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
It's nice to visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum to learn about her life and see some of her beautiful art depicting desert flowers and sun bleached animal bones. 
Later, spend the afternoon at Museum Hill. You can eat at the waiter-service Museum Hill Cafe on their shaded patio and then take in a number of great museums. This area has a really cool feel to it, spacious, modern, and high up above the town. Check out the giant Indian warrior sculpture, the sculpture of an Indian woman leading her sheep, and other sculptures in the garden areas by the cafe.  Make sure you visit the Museum of International Folk Art which has all manner of colorful figures and dioramas from countries around the world.

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Cute adobe house with blossoming tree and turquoise door.
Cute adobe house with blossoming tree and turquoise door.
Holy Spirit Cafe, and a streak of spirited light.
Holy Spirit Cafe, and a streak of spirited light.
Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine.
Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine.
Santa Fe Oxygen Bar- you really need some of this stuff at this elevation!
Santa Fe Oxygen Bar- you really need some of this stuff at this elevation!
Santa Fe Plaza, the old square in the middle of town.
Santa Fe Plaza, the old square in the middle of town.
Bench and lamppost in the old square.
Bench and lamppost in the old square.
Chili peppers are hanging everywhere.
Chili peppers are hanging everywhere.
Statue in front of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
Statue in front of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, near the square.
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, near the square.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and its lovely rose window.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and its lovely rose window.
La Fonda Hotel, as seen from the basilica.
La Fonda Hotel, as seen from the basilica.
La Fonda Hotel and cherry tree.
La Fonda Hotel and cherry tree.
Statue outside a doorway.
Statue outside a doorway.
Metal wind sculptures outside Loretto Chapel.
Metal wind sculptures outside Loretto Chapel.
Loretto Chapel.
Loretto Chapel.
Rosaries hanging from a cherry tree.
Rosaries hanging from a cherry tree.
Loretto Chapel and cherry tree.
Loretto Chapel and cherry tree.
Cow hides hung over a wall. There aren't a lot of trees in Santa Fe.
Cow hides hung over a wall. There aren't a lot of trees in Santa Fe.
Tourist shop near the basilica.
Tourist shop near the basilica.
Painted cow skulls.
Painted cow skulls.
La Fonda Hotel and its flintstones architecture.
La Fonda Hotel and its flintstones architecture.
Cow skulls, frogs, and sun.
Cow skulls, frogs, and sun.
Boots for sale in a turquoise window.
Boots for sale in a turquoise window.
Malouf, a jewelry store and its gorgeous awnings.
Malouf, a jewelry store and its gorgeous awnings.
New Mexico Museum of Art.
New Mexico Museum of Art.
Cute adobe buildings with bell towers.
Cute adobe buildings with bell towers.
Cherry tree and adobe building.
Cherry tree and adobe building.
Turquoise-painted logs in the ceiling.
Turquoise-painted logs in the ceiling.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
A silvery pine tree.
A silvery pine tree.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is lovely to behold.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is lovely to behold.
Museum Hill is a fantastic place to visit!
Museum Hill is a fantastic place to visit!
The barren landscape around Santa Fe.
The barren landscape around Santa Fe.

Directions

Santa Fe Plaza, the center of town, is located at 63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Pl, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Admission is $4 per person.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Open daily 10-5. Fridays open until 7pm. Entrance is $13 for adults, $11 for students, and free for children under 18 and for NM residents on the first Friday of each month (with ID). 
Museum Hill Cafe, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Open daily 11-3. 
Museum of International Folk Art (colorful folk art figures and dioramas), Museum Hill, 706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Open Tues-Sun 10-5. Closed Mondays. Entrance is $12 for adults, $8 for NM residents, free for children aged 16 and under. 
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (art, jewelry, trading post), Museum Hill, 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Open daily 10-5. Entrance is $8 for adults, free for students with ID, children under the age of 12, Native Americans, and military. 
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (pottery, baskets, turquoise jewelry), Museum Hill, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Open Tues-Sun 10-5. Closed Mondays (except during the summer). Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for NM residents, and free for children aged 16 and under. 
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (art, furniture, textiles), Museum Hill, 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Open daily 10-5. Admission is $10, free for children under 16.

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Last Updated Fri, 04 May 2018 13:21:02 GMT