Santa Fe is an interesting city full of Pueblo history and a variety of outdoor adventures. The capital of New Mexico is a great place to explore if you’re looking for a Southwest vacation. Here are some interesting facts to know about Santa Fe.
Santa Fe is the highest state capital
Compared to the other 50 state capitals, Santa Fe has the highest elevation at about 7,000 feet. If you’re traveling to Santa Fe, this means the air is thinner up there. The key to adjusting to high elevation is to stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.
It’s home to one of the oldest streets in the nation
East De Vargas Street, in the city center, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited streets in the nation. This street is a great place to take a walking tour of Santa Fe with its beautiful Spanish historic homes. These homes date back to the early 1800s. The street intersects with the Old Santa Fe Trail featuring The Oldest House that dates back to the early 1700s.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is located in Santa Fe
This museum houses the largest Georgia O’Keeffe collection in the world. The museum maintains two of O’Keeffe’s studios and homes in New Mexico, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center and the exhibits within the museum that show the artist’s paintings and legacy. Her large scale works depicting flowers, shells and bones are something you can’t miss on a Santa Fe vacation.
The full name of Santa Fe is “La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis”
That’s a mouth full. The English translation of the Spanish name is “The Royal City of Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi.” The Spanish governor of Santa Fe, Don Pedro de Peralta, gave the city its lengthy name in the early 1600s.
5. It’s the oldest state capital in the nation
While it wasn’t officially part of the United States back then, Santa Fe was founded in 1608 and made capital of the New Mexico territory in 1610. It’s also the third oldest surviving city founded by European colonists in the lower 48 states, followed by Pensacola and St. Augustine in Florida.
Santa Fe is a city full of rich history, interesting facts and places to see. If you’re looking to take a vacation to Santa Fe, Four Kachinas Inn is a bed and breakfast that offers Southwestern charm mixed with modern luxury.