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When it comes to art and culture, Santa Fe is a chic town with a hippie soul. Stylish galleries and sleek museums line the streets, but quirky residents keep things real with indie shops, old-school eateries and a palette of creative festivals. Its lofty perch at 7000ft invigorates this rebellious joie de vivre.
The downtown plaza, once the end point of the Santa Fe Trail, is the city’s buzzy center. Beside it, Native American artists sell jewelry and crafts, just steps from world-class museums, historic chapels and fiery restaurants renowned for green-chile-slathered delights. Nearby, cinephiles catch art flicks at the restored Jean Cocteau Cinema while shoppers wander galleries stretching half a mile along Canyon Road.
But art isn’t the only inspiration in town. Day hikes abound in the Pecos Wilderness and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Spas and hot springs await tired muscles. And scenic drives stimulate the soul with picturesque chapels, mountain views, Indian pueblos and galleries showcasing traditional crafts. Whatever your muse, “the city different” delivers.