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Top 10 Weekend Getaways


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Santa Fe, N.M.
When visiting Santa Fe, you won't want to miss the beautiful architecture of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
When visiting Santa Fe, you won't want to miss the beautiful architecture of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
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Santa Fe rests in the foothills of the Rockies at the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Known as "The City Different," it lies at the crossroads of history and technology. The Barrio de Analco neighborhood dates back to the 17th century, home of the San Miguel Mission, possibly the oldest church in the country, and the nearby Los Alamos National Lab, site of The Manhattan Project.

The heart of the city showcases Santa Fe Plaza. Spend an afternoon roaming the Native American and Spanish markets and taking in the European, Spanish and Native American architecture. Walk one block east to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a splendid example of French Romanesque Revival architecture.

Santa Fe is listed as one of the top three art centers in the world [source: SPC Travel Network]. Georgia O'Keeffe devotees can tour the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Many of her works memorialize the natural beauty of Santa Fe on canvas. Other noteworthy museums include the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum and the New Mexico History Museum, awarded True West Magazine's Top Western Museum Award [source: Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau]. All over Santa Fe, are paintings, pottery, sculptures and crafts by local artisans and artists, perhaps you'll find that special something to fill a niche in your home.

Dining choices range from casual to elegant, many with a distinctive Southwestern flair and all served with a welcoming smile and a side of Santa Fe hospitality.