Santa Fe, N.M. is a popular United States travel destination largely for its natural outdoor features, but some visitors prefer to experience its unique culture, and its most recent attraction looks to please both crowds. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is set to open its doors July 21 as part of a larger plan that will encompass some of the city's cultural and natural highlights, The New York Times reports.
The garden is currently just 1.5-acres and features mostly apple, peach and apricot trees along with a cactus garden and natural meadow. However, organizers hope to grow the garden to about 14 acres and include a number of other highlights such as the Museum of International Folk Art. The garden was developed after its chief executive Clayton Bass realized how much of the land was going to waste.
"People were driving by daily and not realizing how incredibly beautiful it was," he told the Times. "We retained the natural indigenous plants there and added to them in more cultivated areas."
While it might be some time until the Santa Fe Botanical Garden is fully finished, the city is home to many other destination that are worth checking out:
Santa Fe is home to many historic buildings, but most can't compete with Loretto Chapel when it comes to impressive architecture. This stunning structure was completed in 1872, and while the outward appearance might not that be striking, its interior is certainly impressive. Specifically, the chapel is most famous for its unusual spiral staircase - the Miraculous Stair.
Palace of the Governors
What the Loretto Chapel offers in terms of architectural significance, the Palace of the Governors provides when it comes to historic importance. This adobe structure was built in 1610 and was originally used as a seat of government for Spanish colonies. Its purpose has evolved over the years, and today it is a museum, but its lengthy history makes it the oldest continually occupied structure in the country.
Georgia O'Keefe Museum
The famous artist is one of New Mexico's most well-known residents. Inspired by the state's beautiful landscape, she lived there permanently starting in the late 1940s until her death more than 40 years later. Since it opened in late 1997, the museum has been a must-see and gives travelers the chance to admire some of her most famous works.