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Cultural attractions in Santa Fe?

My best friend and I are spending Labor Day in Santa Fe. Any good cultural attractions we should see? We were both art majors in college, so any art museums would be good. 

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answered by
MaryAnn from Albuquerque

Canyon Road!! Oh gosh, the art just explodes inside of 2 miles of galleries, all with wide open doors just beckoning you in. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is also not to be missed. NM Museum of Art,  Museum Of International Folk ArtMuseum of Contemporary Native Arts. Just to name a few. Santa Fe is a city of art. It's everywhere you turn. The Govenors Palace is on the plaza - the oldest governmnet seat in the country. The churches just off the plaza are steeped in culture and history. 

Head North to Taos Pueblo, get a guide, it's worth the customary tip and don't forget to take your camera (there is a photography fee) for amazing historical culture and some beautiful vistas. The gorge bridge is a great spot to take in the mesa. Dont miss Doc Martin's Restaurant for the coolest patio to grab a drink, people watch and enjoy a slice of true laid back attitude. If you head back South between Albuquerque and Santa Fe you can take a side trip to Tent Rocks. Stunning slot canyons and amazing rock features. 

Welcome to the Land of Enchantment!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (attraction)
  2. Taos Pueblo (attraction)
  3. Museum Of International Folk Art (attraction)
  4. Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (attraction)
  5. Doc Martin's Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered first by
Shauna from Santa Monica, California

Whatever you do, do not miss the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. Home to over 1000 Georgia O'Keefe pieces, definitely a place not to be missed. Iconic for her imaginative imagery of flowers, she was a woman that has inspired many.

Loretto Chapel - Great story that at the time of the completion in 1878, there was no way to get to the choir loft. Carpenters were called in and they had no good solution that wouldn't ruin the design. The nuns decided prayers were in order and created a vigil. On the 9th day a stranger walked in looking for work and it turned out he was a carpenter. After the completion of this magnificent staircase he was never seen again.

If you can take a drive a little north do NOT miss Upper Antelope Canyon. It is beyond stunning. Leave it to nature to figure out how to create something called a Slot Canyon. Something about flash floods and the erosion of sandstone actually created something very smooth. Good thing since it is a relatively tight fit for mere humans. 

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  1. Loretto Chapel (attraction)
  2. Upper Antelope Canyon (attraction)
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