Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Take a trip back in time.(Special Section)

Byline: Patricia Gabbett Snow For the Journal

Santa Fe is home to some of the state's most treasured landmarks

The past is never very distant in Santa Fe. Home to chic shops, elegant eateries and galleries galore, Santa Fe is certainly a city of the moment, a place to soak up the sun and search for vacationing celebrities.

But under the beat of music from passing cars, there is the heartbeat of those who first came here 400 years ago. The city's roots American Indian, Hispanic and Western permeate the architecture, the food, the art and the inhabitants.

Nearly everywhere you turn in Santa Fe, you can discover a site that transports you to the past.

We have rounded up just a few of the city's major historic sites, though there are plenty more, and most of them are within easy walking distance of the Plaza.

So, marvel over a margarita, pick up some gorgeous jewelry under the portal and then head for a few of these destinations. They are sure to bring the city's rich history alive for you and demonstrate why Santa Fe offers the best of both worlds.

Santa Fe Plaza

Bordered by Palace and Washington avenues and Lincoln and San Francisco streets, this is the end of the Santa Fe Trail and the heart of Santa Fe since 1610.

Where once Spanish soldiers performed their drills, the Plaza now boasts historical monuments, shady trees, quaint white wrought-iron benches and plenty of young locals. …

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