I love it when my preconceived notions about a destination are smashed. On a recent visit to Santa Fe, I learned eight things that surprised me:
- Santa Fe is the U.S. capital with the highest elevation: It’s 7,000 feet above sea level (Denver is 5,280).
- You can ski here. The city gets an average of 32 inches of snow per year while its ski areas average 300.
- Georgia O’Keeffe, the artist most associated with New Mexico, was born in Wisconsin and lived in NYC for 20 years before moving to New Mexico.
- You can walk into a refrigerator and dive into a clothes dryer at the city’s most popular attraction, created by an art collective called Meow Wolf.
- Since 1924, during the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe, a 50-foot marionette called Zozobra is burned to rid the city of “gloom.”
- New Mexico was the 47thS. state (1912); only Arizona (1912), Alaska and Hawaii (both 1959) followed.
- Some of the city’s adobe architecture is original and hundreds of years old; and there are restrictions on some newer buildings to ensure the city’s character remains intact.
- Santa Fe gets 325 days of sunshine (the U.S. average is 205).
For travel tips, read my full story on Santa Fe.