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.
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. On arrival, we’ll set out on a walking field trip with our Group Leader to historic Santa Fe Plaza, the heart of this 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. The remainder of the morning 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.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Santa Fe is know for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings. Not to be confused with “Tex-Mex,” New Mexican cuisine has been influenced by Native American and Spanish techniques and ingredients. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance of the Plaza; your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
We will rendezvous at an announced time and place, reboard our motorcoach, and ride to 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 focusses 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.
At a popular restaurant featuring regional cuisine, we’ll enjoy a choice of entrées with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach.