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Santa Fe

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Hint: Originally constructed in the 17th century, this building became an American Treasure in 1999.

If you guessed the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you're right!

As well as being named an American Treasure, the Palace of the Governors is a registered national historic landmark, which was originally built as Spain's seat in government. The adobe structure now serves as the state's history museum, and houses a wide variety of cultural art and historical artifacts from the many different cultures which contributed to making New Mexico what it is today.

The nearest major airport is in Santa Fe.

(Photo: iStockphoto/S. Greg Panosian)
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Santa Fe's vibrant art community and stunning scenery aren't a limited-time offer. But a 400th anniversary comes along only once. As the city kicks festivities into high gear, visitors will find more ways to experience the beauty, history, and traveler appeal that has earned Santa Fe recent top honors from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Forbes Traveler.

Santa Fe celebrates its place as the nation's oldest capital with an arts and lecture series featuring everything from history talks to colorful storytelling by Santa Fe locals. And a free outdoor movie series on Friday and Saturday nights is sure to keep weekends lively all summer long. In July, a dinner at Las Golondrinas living history museum will showcase a traditional menu, and the year of celebration will end with a gala ball on New Year's Eve, 2010.

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Hotels are making it easier to participate with discounts and specials. For instance, at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, the Santa Fe 400 Package offers winter guests two nights' accommodations, a $40 dining credit, and a $40 spa credit for $400. SantaFe400th.com lists more anniversary specials and package discounts.

Travelers have more options to reach Santa Fe, with new American Eagle service from Los Angeles, and increased service from Dallas/Ft. Worth as well.

Santa Fe is a visitor favorite even when the city isn't celebrating. What are your favorite reasons to visit?

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