Santa Fe is New Mexico’s fourth largest city and also its oldest, founded by Spanish colonists in 1610. Today, it serves as the state’s capital as well as an artists’ community with many local galleries, dealers and museums juxtaposed beautifully next to historic and religious sites. For a long weekend in Santa Fe, make sure to visit the galleries and the churches that add to this city’s unique flare, and no trip here is complete without a delicious – and likely enormous – plate of traditional New Mexican food. Here are some suggestions for what to see and do on a few days’ getaway to this southwestern gem.
1. Take the Train
Since the summer of 2006, locals and visitors to New Mexico have had the option to “take the scenic route” via the New Mexico Rail Runner Express Train. This express train, whose name is a play off of New Mexico’s state bird, the roadrunner, operates 16 stops between Belen and Santa Fe, serving approximately 3,700 people on a daily basis. The train is a great way to access Santa Fe from Albuquerque, which is New Mexico’s largest city, as it offers stunning views of New Mexico’s vast desert landscape and several Native American reservations.