NileGuide Expert Says:
Lots of lively and free Plaza events: Santa Fe Indian Market (July), Fiesta (September), Spanish Market (July) July 4th Pancake Breakfast. Check 800-777-2489. Health tip: Visitors Hydrate - drink more water than normal. Helps the body acclimate to Santa Fe's high altitude of 7,000 feet.
100 Old Santa Fe Trail
At the corner of San Francisco St. and Lincoln Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
tel: +1 505 983 7317
24 hours daily
Signs that say, 'You Are Here' and 'Start Here' tell us where we are and how to get where we want to go. So it is with the Santa Fe Plaza. It's Santa Fe's reference point, the starting point for all the places you want to find. Any destination in Santa Fe is always in relationship to 'The Plaza'. The art gallery you seek is only "two blocks west of the Plaza". The best chili in town is a "five minute walk from the Plaza." You get the picture: think 'start here' from the Plaza. And a more colorful, inviting place than the Santa Fe Plaza would be hard to find. A 300 year-old social center town square, the Spanish conquistadors founded it in the early 1700's. Enjoy the feast-for-the-senses on all four sides with artisans selling their arts and crafts, a strolling mariachi, taste bud-beckoning burritos on one corner and all-around good people-watching. On the north side Indians sell their exquisite silver jewelry under the eaves of the oldest building in the U.S., the Palace of the Governors built in 1612. Shopping and dining abound for every budget and taste. There are plenty of benches and green grass on which visitors can rest, watch and breathe the divinely clean 7,000 elevation air here at Santa Fe's friendly starting place, the historical Plaza.