May 16 ~ Santa Fe, NM
Founded by Don Pedro de Peralta in 1610. At 408 years old, Santa Fe is the oldest capitol city and the second oldest city in the United States. The climate is pretty extraordinary, boasting an average of 325 days of sunshine a year. Another record it holds is that with an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level, it is also the highest capitol city in the USA.
But if that did not interest you enough to visit, you might want to consider coming to see one of the 80+ festivals and events that celebrate anything from wine to chili to jazz to Native American art.
On top of that the city has over 250 art galleries, 400 restaurants and 20 major museum.
And if I have still not convince you that Santa Fe should be added to your wish list, then I can only hope that some of the pictures of places we visited today will help move the needle.
It is the only round state capitol in the United States, and is known informally as “the Roundhouse.
“The Rotunda in the center of the building is 49 feet (15 m) in diameter and 60 feet (18 m) high, spanning the second, third, and fourth floors. The Rotunda is finished with Travertine marble native to New Mexico and inlaid with a turquoise and brass mosaic of the Great Seal of New Mexico. The ceiling skylight is designed to resemble an Indian basket weave, with blue and pale pink stained glass representing the sky and the earth, respectively. The flags of New Mexico’s 33 counties are on permanent display on the fourth floor balcony.” ~ Wikipedia
There is an extensive art collection inside the building that is worth seeing.
This Spanish colonial mission was built between 1610 and 1626, making it the oldest known church in the continental USA.
Shopping places everywhere
You can click here to read the story of the miraculous staircase.
I was looking forward to seeing this site as it had been highly recommended but, unfortunately this was closed due to renovations taking place.
This is a relatively small museum, but if you are a fan of her work, quite interesting. There is also a 15 minute video where she describes some of her art and life. 140 of her paintings are on display, ranging from 1901 to 1984, the year failing eyesight forced O’Keeffe into retirement.
They bill themselves as an Immersive Experience Company. There is really no way to describe this extremely unique, colorful, imaginative, quirky experience. This is the first Meow Wolf, but one is opening soon in Las Vegas and more planned for Phoenix, Denver and Washington, D.C. You can click this link – Meow Wolf – for a short video of how it came about.
Just FYI, there is an app that can be downloaded prior to your visit that may make negotiating through the complex easier. Clues can also be activated while touring with the app. There is a mystery to be solved – but it may take several visits to do so…
We packed a lot into one day but feel like we just scratched the surface. Tomorrow is another day!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we have discovered another fascinating city to explore. This is a place that I could see us coming back to spend a month, but for now, I am just grateful that we have another full day tomorrow to squeeze in as much as we can.