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Santa Fe, New Mexico City Trip

An Indian artist photographed with artwork

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DAY 3: Jackalope, Museum Hill and Sanctuario de Chimayo

For your last day, venture out to explore greater Santa Fe's attractions. Start on St. Michael's Road at the Tecolote Café, a beloved Santa Fe eatery since 1980. The menu offers just about anything you might need to get you going: vegetarian burritos with spicy chile sauces, blueberry or Tollhouse pancakes, French toast made with assorted homemade breads, and old-fashioned eggs Benedict with thick Canadian bacon.

Walk off breakfast with a stroll through Jackalope, a nearby sprawling indoor-outdoor bazaar featuring imports from India, Mexico, Pakistan, South America and elsewhere. Whether you're looking for the latest in world music or a funny postcard to send home, you'll find it here.

Learn about Pueblo, Navajo and Apache artisans at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Next head to Museum Hill, a cluster of four museums and The Santa Fe Botanical Garden close to downtown. Museum Hill features the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

The Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of the region. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art features some of the first European inspired art in the United States, housed in an historic building designed by architect John Gaw Meem. The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture highlights the region's oldest civilizations in pottery, baskets, woven blankets and stunning turquoise-and-silver jewelry from Pueblo, Navajo and Apache artisans. The Museum of International Folk Art showcases an incomparable collection of toys, dolls, masks and musical instruments and features a Hispanic Heritage wing. In 1937, Mary Cabot Wheelwright, an East Coast blueblood, founded the Wheelwright Museum, which honors the beauty and complexity of Native American weaving, pottery, jewelry and basketry.

So much culture and history works up an appetite, so head to Tomasita's, another Santa Fe institution. Located near the railroad tracks in the historic redbrick station house, this busy eatery serves locals, politicians and tourists with the same speed and friendliness. Try the roast beef burrito if you're really hungry, or the Mexican plate if you're not. The sopaipillas, or "little pillows" are easily among the best you will ever try — especially with some honey butter spread on top.

New Mexico's Santa Fe Opera is in close proximity to The Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market

For your final stop, get back on north U.S. 84/285 and head for the legendary Sanctuario de Chimayo. Turn east on N.M. 503 after leaving Pojoaque, following signs for The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway. The Byway will eventually turn north on N.M. 520 and lead to the sanctuary. The adobe church was built in 1813 and the dirt of the chapel floor is said to have healing powers. You will find discarded crutches, dog tags and handwritten testimonials at the site. On Good Friday, devout Catholics from around the state make pilgrimages to the church, jamming the roadways. Take some time to look around the village of Chimayo, which is known for its excellent wool weavings and rugs.

If you're headed back to Albuquerque, allow at least two hours from Chimayo, and a few minutes extra to return your rental car. By the time you board your flight, you'll already be daydreaming of your next trip to Santa Fe. Assuming, that is, that you haven't already found yourself trapped in The Land of Enchantment.

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