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The sights to see in Santa Fe

25 Aug 2014 5:00 PM
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Those lucky enough to live in the luxury real estate lined throughout Santa Fe already know that they reside in one of world's most majestic places. So if you're ever traveling through, be prepared: You're going to spend a lot of time stopping and staring in awe at the many transcendently beautiful sights located here. If you do live in Santa Fe already, let this list serve as a reminder. There's no limit to the amount of things you can do and places you can go on any given day. 

Canyon Road
A recent article from Planet Ware ranked Canyon Road as the No. 1 top rated tourist attraction in Santa Fe, so we're not alone in considering this one a must-see. A former trading route, the road now plays home to artists' studios, restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, workshops and numerous other entertaining organizations. Of course, all these buildings, outdoor galleries and attractions are incredibly pleasing to the eye, as is much of the art, jewelry and sculpture work on display. Canyon Road may not take up that much space, but it'll take you a long time to parse through all its qualities. 

The Loretto Chapel
The Chapel itself is a beautiful building, a true marvel of architectural design. However, it's the staircase that people come to see - and they consider it nothing less than a miracle. The stories say that the choir loft was formerly out of reach, as the construction of the building did not allow for a staircase. The nuns in the chapel prayed, and eventually, a man arrived who designed an incredibly tight spiral staircase - and without the use of a single nail. Now, people come to see the staircase all day long, and marvel at its economical design. It's one of Santa Fe's most famous sights. 

Cerrillos Hills State Park
Just a short drive south of Santa Fe is this state park, which is one of the city's most celebrated and historical sights-to-see. There's also a guided tour that helps to explain the storied history of New Mexico - and how the park itself plays into that history. Driving through the state park is one of the more serene experiences that the area has to offer. So if you're on your way through, you can't afford to pass it up.

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Santa Fe's Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve plays host to the Botanical Garden. Thanks to the work of the many brilliant gardeners and botanists in the Santa Fe area, this is undoubtedly one of the most eye-catching - and also relaxing - locations in the area. Better yet, you can learn a lot while you're there: The Garden also offers lectures to visitors, about everything from agriculture to the upkeep of the Botanical Garden itself. If you're looking for a place to walk about in Santa Fe, you won't do much better. 

Don't forget: You can also take a day trip!
While Santa Fe itself is full of beautiful sights, it's also surrounded by a number of historical landscapes and areas. If you're willing to take a short drive, there's no limits to the wonders you can see: There's Taos, Abiquiu, Chama, Los Alamos - and that's just a few off the top of our head! The official site of Santa Fe offers guidance about the many places you can take a day trip to, and information about the process of doing so. After all, wouldn't it be a shame to be surrounded by all these moving sights - both in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas - and not take advantage of it?