Santa Fe is famous for being one of the most creative and artistic cities in the United States. Artists from all over the country embark upon long trips to this amazing New Mexican city, not only to exhibit their art but to also learn from experienced gurus, who have dedicated many years to crafting their mastery.
In the early 20th century the people of Santa Fe decided to rediscover the old ways, go back to nature and as further as possible from the industrial pollution that was beginning to change the city. Everyone was encouraged to dig into the natural heritage of Santa Fe and make the city pretty again.
The mayor at that time, together with other city leaders decided to help with preserving the oldest buildings in Santa Fe, by engaging the art community to help them better present Santa Fe in its true light – a city that is authentic and different, while still being local. They decided to call it the “City Different” – something that tourists will also appreciate.
Ever since, Santa Fe has evolved to become the third largest art market in the United States, after Los Angeles and New York, taking the top 2 positions. The city is not exclusively dedicated to a particular form of art. Music, paintings, jewelry crafting, sculpture creation and colorful graffiti – all of this and more form part of the omnipresent Santa Fe art.
The city itself is not the only attraction around, nor the only place where you will find such strong love and dedication to the mastery of creating and innovating. Santa Fe’s Canyon Road (a square mile long or 2,6 km), a long and narrow street leading to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is yet another place for visitors and locals to admire.
More often than not you will find yourself stuck in traffic created by every car on the road, deliberately driving slow to have a glance of the 100 galleries Canyon Road has to offer. Usually these cars belong to the locals who have passed by a thousand times and still cannot find the willpower to pass by without slowing down to take a curious look.
All art lovers know very well that to see the different art galleries this unique road has to offer they will need to spend at least 3 days in Santa Fe. Each gallery is unique in style and presentation, while the staff is extremely helpful and willing to talk art with anyone curious enough to ask them а question.
The city galleries and Canyon Road represent the touristic epicenter and sometimes unique point of interest of most newcomers.
The Santa Fe Opera House offers great musical performances from both local and international artists. If you happen to visit the city but are not planning to actually attend a performance, do not miss out on the opportunity to at see with your own eyes the magnificent and unique building that is the opera house. Located higher than the New Mexican desert, the Santa Fe Opera House offers stunning sunset and desert storm views.
If you are looking for a place that will both educate and make you laugh – the Museum of International Folk Art is the place you are looking for. With unique collections and permanent exhibitions like nowhere else, the museum will make you want to come back for more. Some special displays such as the Spanish Dance even have an interactive side to it.
Visiting the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi will surely create a feeling of entering into an older world. Despite this, the cathedral is exceptionally well-maintained while the inside of the building is immaculate. It is such a special place that the stained cathedral glass will tell you the story of its creation. It will take you no longer than half an hour to see everything the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi has to offer. This is also a great way to diversify your itinerary from the long gallery visits.
Santa Fe is a city of magic and wonder that has been transformed through the years by the creative and artistic society only to become irresistible. Located in proximity to the Mexican border, Santa Fe offers its visitors and residents many sunny and warm days. Visiting Santa Fe from any part of American is quite easy and straightforward.
However, if you are a foreign national, you might need 1 more thing in addition to a plane ticket for the States. Life is good when it is simple, which makes the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) one of the best options for the citizens of over 38 international visa waiver eligible countries.
Making an ESTA visa application online is fast and easy – takes no longer than 10 minutes per applicant. Most tourists prefer to apply for ESTA for the USA at least 10 days before their departure date. Once you have your ESTA, you will be able to move freely from state to state and remain a maximum of 90 consecutive days per single stay. Each ESTA travel authorization is valid for 2 consecutive years.
Get your ESTA, hop on a plane regardless of whether Santa Fe is your choice of destination or any other beautiful American city – the world awaits to be discovered.
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