Top Reasons to Visit Cities of Gold Casino Hotel
- The Cities of Gold Casino has 575 slot machines, nightly bingo games, and an all-you-can-eat buffet stocked with prime rib on Saturdays, seafood on Sundays, and a carving station every day of the week.
- The hotel runs a free shuttle service to downtown Santa Fe and Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, which has a full casino, a spa, and a 27-hole golf course designed by William Phillips and 20-time PGA titlist Hale Irwin.
- The Gold Dust Restaurant serves pizza and northern New Mexico specialties for dinner.
- Guests of the hotel get free access to a nearby wellness center’s gym and pool.
- Strike Gold Lanes, a 16-lane bowling alley with galaxy bowling and an arcade, is right next door.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Old West Architecture and Fiery Southwestern Cuisine
Santa Fe's vibrant mosaic of cultural influences includes Native American, Latino, and western traditions. You can get an idea of the city's varied background by visiting Santa Fe Plaza, which has served as the city center for more than 400 years. On a walkthrough, you'll see old buildings made of adobe, the red brick-like material that defines much of Santa Fe's architecture. Centuries of colorful southwestern artwork are on display at the New Mexico Museum of Art, which is located in the Plaza.
Fiery chili is the signature flavor at many restaurants in Santa Fe, which earned a place on TripAdvisor's Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the United States in 2011. It's worth it to sign up for a walking food tour of the area, which has sprung up with popular eateries, each offering its own spin on zesty southwestern cuisine.
For more than 300 days a year, Santa Fe soaks in sunshine. Such consistently great weather, paired with New Mexico’s varied terrain, makes the region ideal for hiking and biking. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains have peaks that stand over 13,000 feet high, and they're traced with trails that wind past picturesque meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine, and undomesticated landscape painters. From late fall to early spring, up to 300 inches of snow falls on the slopes of the mountains, which offer miles of downhill-skiing and snowboarding trails.
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