Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 130 miles roundtrip, approximately 2.5 hours over the course of the day. Walking up to 2 miles, standing for 2 hours at a time; varied terrain.
At the hotel.
We will board our motorcoach for a full-day trip to Santa Fe. Established by the Spanish in 1610, this is the oldest capital city in North America and home to the oldest public building in the United States, the Palace of the Governors. Once in Santa Fe, we will visit Museum Hill, where we will explore the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture tells the story of the indigenous people of the Southwest from the earliest times to modern day, featuring some 70,000 objects, documents and artifacts. The Museum of International Folk Art focuses on indigenous populations from around the world through their art — ranging from ceremonial dress and masks to furniture. The museum hosts the largest collection of international folk art in the world, with multiple wings displaying more than 130,000 examples of folk and traditional arts from around the world. We will then ride downtown to the historic Plaza area. On arrival, we’ll set out on a short walking field trip with our Group Leader to historic Santa Fe Plaza, the heart of the town for nearly four centuries. As we walk, we’ll learn about Santa Fe’s history, as well as the art, architecture, and cultural diversity that make it one of the most fascinating cities in the country.
On your own to enjoy what you like. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance of the Plaza; your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
The remainder of the afternoon is free for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests each of us most. Nearby museums and sites of interest include the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Loretto Chapel, and the State Capitol Building. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We will rendezvous at an announced time and place, reboard our motorcoach, and ride to Albuquerque for our farewell dinner.
At a local restaurant. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.