Santa Fe Vacations: Top 10 Things To Do For First Time Visitor!

Santa Fe VacationsVisiting the capital city of the state of New Mexico, Santa Fe vacations give you plenty of history, art and culture to explore. Whether you are partaking in Santa Fe vacation packages or are going it alone, there are certain things you won’t want to miss. Here are just ten:

1. The Museum of International Folk Art offers unique exhibits of some of the finest folk art around. Quilts, cuisine, kites, you name it, they have it within their 120,000 piece strong collection. If you are there in mid-July, you can catch the International Folk Arts Week and the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.

2. The New Mexico History Museum is a great starting point for Santa Fe vacations as it lets you learn about the history of the city and state, from when it was first settled until today.

3. Canyon Road is known as the cultural center of the city and should definitely be on anyone’s list of things to do in Santa Fe. The road is home to many galleries housed in old adobe buildings and features sculptures out on the street, think of it as a living, breathing art museum, right in the heart of the city.

4. Georgia O’Keeffe was a well-known artist who painted beautiful pictures of the area, today those can be seen, among others’ works in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

5. For those on their first Santa Fe vacation, you must stop at the San Miguel Mission, the oldest church still in use in the country. It was built in 1610 and still bears its original adobe walls; it is Spanish Mission Style and offers a glimpse into the past in its hallowed halls.

6. The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is a great place to visit with the little ones. Hands on, interactive and a lot of fun, the exhibits change all the time in this small museum that doles out plenty of excitement.

7. One of the more tranquil places to visit in New Mexico is the Allan Houser Sculpture Gardens. Walk amid the trees and beautiful landscapes to see his sculptures up close as well as learning the history of the artist and his pieces.

8. Who doesn’t dream of a train ride in the Old West? With the Santa Fe Southern Railway you can do just that as you chug down the tracks to Lamy. Some history and points of interest are shown during the trip which allows you to sit back and relax as you take to the rails.

9. The Santa Fe Historic Trail used to be the main commercial route from the city to Missouri. Today visitors can tour it in sections by bus, car, and horse or on foot.

10. For more history on your Santa Fe vacation, check out the Old Fort Marcy Park, the fort was built in 1846 and its remnants can be explored to this day. Also a great place for views of the entire city.

Neatly tie your Santa Fe vacation in with Santa Fe vacation rentals and you have the makings of a trip to remember.