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Destination guides > North America > USA > Southwest USA > New Mexico > Santa Fe

Santa Fe

New Mexico’s trendy state capital is one of North America’s most charming cities with most of the city built in 17th century pueblo style, however it is also a popular tourist destination and it can be a bit expensive.

There are a lot of attractions for a small city, however virtually everything has an entry fee and sightseeing can become quite an expensive exercise. Your best bet is to just hang out for a day or two and soak up the atmosphere.

Practical information

Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau

201 W Marcy Street, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 955 6200 or 800 777 2489
Website www.santafe.org
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Santa Fe Visitors Information Center

491 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 875 7400 or 800 545 2040

Website www.santafe.org
Open 8am-6.30pm daily

Coming & going

BUS

Greyhound (tel (505) 471 0008) has coaches to Albuquerque, Denver and Taos. Coaches stop at 858 St Michael’s Drive, several kilometres south of the city centre.

TRAIN

The closest train station is in Lamy, 29km south of Santa Fe. Amtrak (tel (505) 466 4511) have trains to Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Kansas City and Los Angeles.

Local transport

Santa Fe Trails (tel (505) 955 2001) runs Santa Fe’s local bus service. Bus 5 runs between the city centre and the Greyhound terminal.

A one-way fare costs $1 and a one-day pass is $2.

Hostel accommodation

Santa Fe International Hostel

1412 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Tel (505) 988 1153

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

This art gallery focuses mostly on the work of New Mexican artist, Georgia O’Keeffe; although there are also some works by other artists including Andy Warhol.

217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 946 1017
Admission $8 (students free), free Fri 5pm-8pm
Open 10am-5pm daily

Institute of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts displays contemporary Native American art.

108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 983 8900
Admission $4 ($2 students)
Open Jan-May Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm; Jun-Sep Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm; Oct-Dec Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm

Loretto Chapel

This church was the United States’ first Gothic-style building west of the Mississippi.

207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 982 0092
Admission $2.50
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10.30am-5pm

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts features artwork by leading artists of the southwest USA.

107 W Palace Avenue, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 476 5072
Website www.museumofnewmexico.org
Admission $7, free Fri 5pm-8pm; $15 for four day pass allowing admission to Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Palace of the Governors
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Laboratory of Anthropology

This museum has Native American artefacts and displays of Native American art.

710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 476 1250
Website www.museumofnewmexico.org
Admission $7; $15 for four day pass allowing admission to Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Palace of the Governors
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Museum of International Folk Art

This interesting museum has displays of folk art from around the world including items such as clothing, furniture and jewellery.

706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 476 1200
Website www.museumofnewmexico.org
Admission $7; $15 for four day pass allowing admission to Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Palace of the Governors
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

This museum’s extensive collection includes art exhibits from Spanish colonial territories.

750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 982 2226
Website www.museumofnewmexico.org
Admission $7; $15 for four day pass allowing admission to Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Palace of the Governors
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Palace of the Governors

The United States’ oldest public building is now run as a museum with exhibits on the history of New Mexico and southwest USA.

100 W Palace Avenue, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 476 5100
Website www.museumofnewmexico.org
Admission $7, free Fri 5pm-8pm; $15 for four day pass allowing admission to Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Palace of the Governors
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

San Miguel Mission

Built in 1610, the San Miguel Mission is the oldest church in the United States. It features the oldest bell in the country, built in Spain in 1356.

De Vargas Street, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 988 9504
Admission $1
Open Mon-Sat 99am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

This small museum displays a high quality collection of Native American art.

704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe
Tel (505) 982 4636
Website www.wheelwright.org
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm


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