My favorite photos of Downtown Santa Fe
There is a wealth of details to be discovered each time you visit downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Even if you find yourself strolling down the same streets, you discover new details in the ‘nooks and crannies’ of this charming and photogenic city. ‘The City Different’ is a feast for the eyes, with historic and artistic treasures adorning its walkable, intimate streets. These photos give you a preview of what to see when you visit. The photo above shows a restful summer setting on Canyon Road in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Inn of the Five Graces is one of the beautiful hotels and resorts that add to the beauty of downtown Santa Fe. Its architecture and decor borrow from the best of New Mexico’s heritage while offering world-class accommodations.
These photos show what downtown Santa Fe is all about! Rustic Adobe homes with beautiful hand-hewn touches and textures. Its beauty is timeless!
The photo above shows a beautiful public art installation located near the New Mexico State Capital building in downtown Santa Fe. In most cities, public art brings to mind dead war heroes leading charges on cast iron horses or soulless corporate commissions. In Santa Fe, the public art borrows from a much deeper and richer vein of culture and peoples in colorful and creative ways.
Adobe style architecture gives the homes in Santa Fe a simple charm that exude warmth and a hand-crafted appeal.
More Santa Fe, New Mexico photos:
A scene from Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The photo below shows an architectural detail in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico near the Plaza.
The Best Photo Opportunities in Santa Fe
If you have a limited amount of time to spend in Santa Fe (a day or less) and want to get the best photos, here’s a suggestion. Start with a walking tour of Santa Fe Plaza. This will give you a view of the photogenic New Mexico Museum of Art and the Plaza of the Governors.
Next, head to Canyon Road. Walking along this street, packed with art galleries, you will more find photogenic details per square foot than just about anywhere else in Santa Fe.
A stroll along Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road combined will take between two to three hours (if you’re browsing and taking photos). You will find a cozy cafe on Canyon Road or a restaurant near Santa Fe Plaza to refresh after this invigorating stroll. Enjoy!
A visit to Santa Fe anytime of the year will be rewarding. My personal favorites are the summer season with its lush foliage and the fall when cottonwood trees are adorned with shimmering gold color.