We’re on our to Santa Fe, with a stop for lunch on self at the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert Diner—offering a simple and affordable menu. Back in the Transits, we’re headed for Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, just 15 miles north of Santa Fe—our headquarters for the next three nights. We’ll check into our rooms, refresh and then enjoy a free evening and dinner on self. With several eateries at Buffalo Thunder, there’s sure to be something for everyone. The resort also offers a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the Santa Fe Plaza, which departs hourly.
Get ready to celebrate Independence Day in Santa Fe! We’ll begin with a hot breakfast, included at the hotel, then we’re off to the Santa Fe Plaza. Founded as a Spanish Colony in 1610 and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Plaza is the heart and soul of the city. We’ll board a comfortable open-air trolley to enjoy a brilliantly narrated tour— an eight-mile loop that includes the most important historical areas in Santa Fe— Canyon Road with its colorful art galleries, Santa Fe’s Museum Hill area, the Palace of the Governors, and other notable locations in the heart of the oldest capital city in the United States. Afterwards we’ll return to the plaza, where we’ll enjoy lunch on self at the restaurant of your choice, in a city that is famous for its restaurants. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Feel free to loose yourself to the fiesta-activities happening around every corner, as you explore one of the world’s most vibrant cities.
Late afternoon we’ll return to our hotel for a refresh before dinner on self. With drought conditions looming large over much of the American Southwest this year, plans for a fireworks display are still up in the air, but the fiesta will go on this evening on the Plaza. Transportation to and from the Plaza will be provided by Kindred Tours for the party animals in our group, otherwise, enjoy your evening at the resort.
A full breakfast is included at the hotel, then it’s back in the Transits headed for Taos, where we’ll begin with a fascinating tour of Taos Pueblo. This multi-storied adobe complex has been continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years. Ancestors of the Taos people lived in the Taos Valley long before Columbus discovered America and hundreds of years before Europe emerged from the Dark Ages. After this fascinating tour we’ll head to the historic Taos Plaza to explore the old mercantile stores turned galleries, shops and restaurants, and enjoy lunch on self.
Late afternoon we’ll head to San Francisco de Asis Church, the “Ranchos Church”. Once surrounded by a u-shaped Spanish military garrison, San Francisco de Asis now sits in the heart of San Francisco Plaza, and charming shops have replaced the old adobe stables, barracks and living quarters. We’ll end our Taos tour with a drive north of town to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, spanning 650 feet above the Rio Grande, offering the most heart-stopping views. Early evening we’ll travel back to the resort for dinner on self and a free evening.
A full breakfast is included at the hotel, then it’s bags out and we’re headed for home with a stop for lunch on self in Holbrook and plenty of sightseeing along the way. Don’t miss this fantastic holiday tour! Make your reservations and come with us!