Santa Fe, New Mexico

Welcome to ‘the city different,’ a place that makes its own rules without ever forgetting its long and storied past. Walking through its adobe neighbourhoods, or around the busy Plaza that remains its core, there’s no denying that Santa Fe has a timeless, earthy soul. Indeed, its artistic inclinations are a principal attraction – there are more quality museums and galleries here than you could possibly see in just one visit.
At over 7000ft above sea level, Santa Fe is also the nation’s highest state capital. Sitting at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo range, it makes a fantastic base for hiking, mountain biking, backpacking and skiing. When you come off the trails, you can indulge in chile-smothered local cuisine, buy turquoise and silver directly from Native American jewellers in the Plaza, visit remarkable churches, or simply wander along centuries-old, cottonwood-shaded lanes and daydream about one day moving here.