Santa Fe

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Santa Fe
Immerse yourself in culture in this Southwestern city known for its Native American-inspired art and architecture. The breathtaking scenery is an ideal backdrop for hiking, biking or rafting (or simply watching the sunset), and summertime—when the weather is dry, sunny and mild—is the best season to visit.

To Do: Explore the Palace of the Governors, built in 1610 as New Mexico's government building and now the state history museum. Start your day with a Santa Fe history lesson in the museum, then walk along the south side of the palace, where Native American artisans representing 41 different tribes sell handmade goods.

To See: Santa Fe is perhaps most famous as the home to artist Georgia O'Keefe, and the museum dedicated to her art is the sight to see in Santa Fe. The permanent collection houses almost 3,000 of her works, and you don't have to be an art connoisseur to appreciate their beauty.

To Eat: New Mexican cuisine is a variation of Mexican food, but it distinguishes itself most notably with its heavy use of green chilies. While you're in town, try the classic New Mexican dish of Frito pie—a mixture of fritos and chili.

To Stay: Pass on the pricier hotels of downtown Santa Fe and head about five miles north, where hotel options, varying from full-service spas to cozy bed-and-breakfasts, are just as pleasant but much more affordable.

For more information, visit Santa Fe's official website.