The best things in life may not be free, but some of the best things in Santa Fe are. Each summer the historic Plaza hosts annual events such as Indian and Spanish Markets as well as Santa Fe Bandstand concerts four to five evenings a week. Or you can just sit in this vibrant town center that’s been a gathering place for centuries and people-watch or strike up a conversation with a stranger. There are some interesting characters out there! There are times at the state-run museums where entry is free to all and other times when admission is free to New Mexico residents. The city has over 200 galleries to explore. Window shopping and browsing are free and The City Different is chock full of boutiques offering a range of eye-candy from Native American silver and turquoise jewelry and pottery to flowing clothing and unique accessories. Walk around the downtown area and adjacent Eastside. Santa Fe is one of the oldest cities in the USA and boasts a few “oldest.” The oldest house and oldest church in the country are here as well as the historic Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country. Take a ride into the countryside and see the landscape that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe and other artists and still does today. The great outdoors offers hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and remarkable sunsets. You don’t have to spend money to have a great time in Santa Fe.
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