What an amazing week I've had! I've been keeping it on the DL, but last week my family and I went to Santa Fe for spring break! It's the first time my parents, sister, my husband, and I have all been on the same continent for an official family vacation, so it was especially lovely.
The cool thing about the United States is that it's a big country, and there's a HUGE amount of things to see and do. We have a diverse history, an impressive range of natural settings... so it was a bit difficult to narrow it down. Even though I, of course, was raised largely in America, most Americans haven't seen all there is to see here. There's just so much!
My sister suggested we go to Santa Fe, New Mexico. None of us but her had ever really been to the southwest of the U.S. before, so we were up for trying something new! It was a FANTASTIC vacation, and I'll be highlighting some of the things we did, my desert-travel fashion, best places to visit, and tips in a series here on the blog. Today I'm starting with some of my top tips and advice if you ever venture down this way.
Plan for weather.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is in an area called a "high desert." This means that although precipitation is always low, temperatures can differ a lot between day and night, so pack layers. It's also important to take into consideration the time of year you're going. March was a perfect time to go, as it was quite warm during the day but not sweltering and the nights were only a tiny bit chilly.
Santa Fe is located a bit higher than Albuquerque and the surrounding area at about 6000 feet above sea level. For those of us that normally live in lower areas, you might experience shortness of breath and tiredness. (It feels like you can't take a deep enough breath.) This is due to the oxygen being thinner at higher altitudes and your body not being used to it. Just drink lots of water and take moments to rest when you need to and you'll be okay!
Santa Fe is in a desert.... so there is a lot of sun. Be sure to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and any other items you need to protect your skin.
Bring shopping money.
One of the best parts of Santa Fe is the HUGE number of artisans in the city. I'll talk about that more in an upcoming post, but I would definitely recommend saving up some spending money if you go to this area. There's lots of beautiful, one of a kind stuff you'll want to take home!
The city of Santa Fe is actually not very big, and if you stay near the downtown area you can totally walk most places if you'd like. Bring some sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting dusty!
The southwest is known for its unique blend of Mexican, American, and Indian/Native food tastes, and Santa Fe does not disappoint! Bring money and an appetite to explore all the tasty dishes at local restaurants.
Have you been to Santa Fe or the Southwest U.S. before? What are some of your tips for traveling this area?