Santa Fe, N.M. Named Distinctive Destination for 2009

National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes Santa Fe for authentic culture and sense of place

By: By Susan Shuo Dong

Santa Fe, N.M. was recently named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations in America for 2009 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). The Southwest city was recognized for the city’s well-preserved historic landmarks and commitment to cultural conservation.

The NTHP especially noted that Santa Fe’s authentically preserved culture can be experienced throughout the diverse neighborhoods, historic buildings and characteristic landmarks. The NTHP also described Santa Fe as having “Signature adobe architecture and Old World charm that combine with culinary sophistication and a creative flair to make the city one of the country’s most fascinating destinations.” The NTHP also said Santa Fe stood “unparalleled in its richness of history, arts and culture.”

As the second oldest city in the U.S., Santa Fe will celebrate its 400th Anniversary on Labor Day weekend of this year.

This year, the NTHP also gave Dozen Distinctive Destination awards to:

Athens, Ga.; Bristol, R.I.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Fort Worth, TX; Franklin, Tenn.; Hot Springs, S.D.; Lake Geneva, Wis.; Lititz, Pa.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Saugatuck-Douglas, Mich.; and Virginia City, Nev.

Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau