Plaza and Downtown
Back in the day (that would be more than 400 years ago), the Plaza— originally a presidio, or fort—was the epicenter of Santa Fe life, government, and commerce. A defensive wall surrounded houses, the governor’s residence, and a garrison. Today the Plaza, still the epicenter of the city, has a considerably more friendly vibe, with fabulous museums, restaurants, art galleries, shops and the TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Center
lining the perimeter of the grassy park. Some of the city's oldest landmarks and hotels are located within blocks of the Plaza and Downtown, making this area the ideal place to immerse yourself in Santa Fe’s past and present.