Five Reasons to Visit Santa Fe

Robert Reck

Santa Fe Opera House in Santa Fe, N.M.

Nestled in New Mexico's sangre de Cristo mountain range is Santa Fe (Spanish for Holy Faith), a small city of 70,000 that has been in existence since Spanish settlers took root in 1610. The oldest capital city in the U.S. — as well as the location of the nation's oldest house and oldest church structure, the San Miguel Mission — Santa Fe is home to traditions that stem from its colonial history. These emerge with great fanfare during the annual Santa Fe Fiesta. The festival celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, from Sept. 6 to 9. Events range from the picking...

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