Santa Fe, New Mexico the USA’s oldest state capital also boasts the oldest church, house and continuously occupied building. All were built in the 1600s.
Located on the Old Santa Fe Trail the San Miguel Mission or Chapel still holds mass every Sunday. Indians from Mexico built the original structure, which has been modified over the centuries.
Across the road at 215 East De Vargas Street the oldest house is a classic adobe and brick structure. It is said to have paranormal activity.
The oldest continuously occupied public building, the Palace of the Governors is located on Santa Fe’s main Plaza. It dates from the early 1600s and was originally the seat of government for the Spanish colony Nuevo Mexico. Today it serves as a history museum. On most days Native American’s from nearby pueblos sell handicrafts and jewelery under its awning.
All are located in the historic center within easy walking distance of each other. Those used to living at sea level note that Santa Fe rises to 7,000 feet so it may take a day or two to adjust. Drink plenty of water. The altitude and relatively sparse population (approximately 60,000+ residents) keep the skies a brilliant pollution free blue.