Inside America's Oldest Capital City

By: Joe Conroy

This May a group of American Classic Travelers will embark on a journey to a unique land - New Mexico. To preview this tour, Joe wanted to explain why he think Santa Fe is America's most unique city and why the Taos Pueblo is a must-see historical attraction. 


Santa Fe


If you were to guess what is America's oldest state capital city, what answer comes to mind? Boston, MA? Richmond, VA? The correct answer is not an east-coast colonial city; it is Santa Fe New Mexico! Santa Fe was founded by the Spanish in 1610, making it 20 years older than the city of Boston. 


Whether it's the food, art galleries, architecture or the spiritual tradition, Santa Fe's culture is one-of-a-kind. This unique culture was sculpted by a number of different influences - Native American, Spanish, American and western-cowboy culture. 


The Taos Pueblo

Most historians and anthropologists seem to agree that the Taos Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. This UNESCO World Heritage site is thought to have been the home of the Puebloan People for over 1,000 years! The Taos Pueblo is still an active home to about 4,500 Native Americans today. 

Join American Classic on our journey to New Mexico!

If you desire a real change of scenery, then join us as we visit a land so different from our own: New Mexico. From green mountain forests to deep, rugged canyons to colossal mesas, the topography of New Mexico is as varied as any place in the USA. Learn of the rich blend of cultures that make New Mexico unique.  Clear blue skies, unique flora and fauna and historic Southwestern architecture also add to this regional experience. 

Featuring a 6-night stay in Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Taos Pueblo, Chimayo, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, San Francisco De Asis Mission Church, Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Miraculous Staircase of the Loretto Chapel and more.