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Santa Fe is has long been known as one of the most beautiful cities in the US and is considered to be a favourite destination among high end travellers. The city is surrounded by the unspoiled natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and is known to have an exotic appeal to it. It offers its visitors with lip smacking cuisines and is known to offer them with a beautiful aura of rustic sophistication that allows them to relax and rejuvenate themselves.

The city still holds true to its Spanish colonial charm and is famous as a historic destination that has been seducing its visitors for hundreds of years. The locals might constantly moan about what the city has lost due to its commercialization and due to the huge influx of tourists year after year, but the first time visitors can expect to get entertained, enthralled and captivated by this sprawling metropolis.

Santa Fe is also known to be all about its history, culture and arts. It is home to a number of photographers, painters and sculptors and is also known to house dozens of museums and hundreds of galleries. The ancient Indian Market is one of the most celebrated attractions of Santa Fe and is without a doubt the best place to check out authentic Indian arts and artefacts.

Those looking for something different can also revel in the fact that apart from its century old abodes and commercialized venues, Santa Fe also offers its visitors with exotic wildlife, a ski resort, beautiful opera shows, high end resorts and luxury spas – each offering a level of sophistication that belies the size and rural location of the city.

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Santa Fe holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Palace of Governors
What is it? To begin sightseeing in Santa Fe, start where it all began on the city's historic central Plaza, which is dominated by the adobe structure known as the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building in the United States. The palace was built in 1610 as Spain's seat of government for what is today the American Southwest. It still bears the scars of having survived Indian revolts and occupation, and Mexican Independence; it was later occupied by Confederate forces when they attempted to take New Mexico. Fittingly, in 1909, the building was converted into the Museum of New Mexico and is now the principal of Santa Fe's four museums, preserving 400 years of the state's history from the 16th century Spanish explorations through the frontier era to modern times. Exhibits range from a stagecoach and kitchen utensils to paintings on bison hide and a state seal made from spoons, quills and tacks. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm Phone:(505) 476 5100



2. Museum of Fine Arts
107 W. Palace Avenue
What is it? Opposite the Governor's Palace on Santa Fe's historic Plaza stands a prime example of Pueblo Revival architecture, built in 1917, which houses the state's oldest art museum, home to more than 20,000 works of art. The distinguished collection spans the historic art colonies of Taos and Santa Fe of the past 100 years, right up to contemporary art, focussing on the southwest region. There is also a collection of photographs and two sculpture gardens housing traditional and abstract works. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Guided tours daily 10.30am and 2.30pm, and at 5.30pm on Fridays Phone:(505) 476 5072 (recorded information)



3. Museum of International Folk Art
Camino Lejo, Museum Hill
What is it? The most important and comprehensive collection of cross-cultural folk art in the world is housed in the Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art about two miles (3km) southeast of the city's central Plaza, on the old Sante Fe Trail. Fascinating for tourists, and a treasure trove for researchers, scholars and contemporary artisans, the collection of the museum runs to about 125,000 pieces, divided into different categories. Of particular note are the Spanish Colonial collection, the south-western Hispanic art collection of 20th century works, and collections of international textiles and costumes. There are examples of folk art from more than 100 different countries. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10am and 5pm; closed on major holidays. Guided tours are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.15am and 2pm, Thursday to Sunday 10.15am, 1pm and 3pm Phone:(505) 476 1200



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1. Santa Fe Opera season

From 2007-06-29

To 2007-08-25

What is it? Every July and August since 1957 opera lovers from all over the world have converged on Santa Fe to enjoy a top class repertoire performed by outstanding talents in what is surely the world's most stunning setting for an Opera House. The Santa Fe Opera is sited on a magnificent mesa, seven miles (11km) north of the city. The adobe theatre, blending with the desert, is open-sided, affording a panoramic view of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nature and art fuse into an awesome experience for the appreciative audiences. Some of the opera greats who started their careers in Santa Fe are Susan Graham, William Burden and Charles Castronovo. The 2007 Festival includes a new production of Puccini's La bohème, a revival of Mozart's Così fan tutte, a new production of Strauss's Daphne, a first performance of Rameau's Platée by The Santa Fe Opera and the American premiere of Dun's Tea: A Mirror of Soul. Where is it? Santa Fe Opera House



2. Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

From 2007-07-01

To 2007-08-31

What is it? Summer in Santa Fe brings the renowned Chamber Music Festival, a world-class musical feast that well lives up to its goal of providing listeners with the finest music of the ages, performed by artists in a beautiful setting. The full programme, offered in two venues, includes classical, contemporary world and jazz music. As well as concerts the festival includes a youth education and outreach element, free open rehearsals, concert previews and round table discussions with composers and musicians. Where is it? St Francis Auditorium, Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Museum of Fine Arts



3. Santa Fe Indian Market



What is it? Known as the 'cultural gem of New Mexico' the Santa Fe Indian Market is not only a memorable event, but also a place where gifted Native American artists can meet and mingle with millions of appreciative visitors and collectors from around the world. Each August for the past 80 or so years this art show has proved to be the state's most popular annual event. The extended weekend involves about 1,100 artists selling their work from more than 600 booths in downtown Santa Fe. Also on site are ethnic food stalls and entertainment on the Plaza stage. Where is it? Santa Fe Plaza




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