One of the oldest cities in the United States, Santa Fe has long been a center for the creative and performing arts, so it's not surprising that most of the city's major sights are related to local history and the arts. The city's Museum of New Mexico, art galleries and studios, historic churches, and cultural sights associated with local Native American and Hispanic communities all merit a visit. It would be easy to spend a full week sightseeing in the city, without ever heading out to any nearby attractions.

Retro Dining Car -- If you take the Santa Fe Southern to Lamy, or simply drive there, stop for lunch at the Lamy Station Café, 150 Old Lamy Trail (tel. 505/466-1904; Set in a 1950s Atlantic Coastal dining car, it has curvy bancos at triangular shaped tables, with food that "pays homage to the Fred Harvey menu at the height of the railroad years." Order up sandwiches such as an open-faced roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy or a grilled cheese with bacon and green chile. Pasta dishes and salads are available as well. It's open Wednesday to Friday 11am to 3pm, Saturday 8:30am to 3pm, and Sunday 10am to 3pm.

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