Although it's considered one of the top art centers of the Western world, Santa Fe has its drawbacks. Like the lack of sidewalks on much of well-known Canyon Road, home to more than 100 galleries. I thought about this when a Pepsi truck driver honked and sternly yelled "Watch out, lady" as I sidestepped a muddy puddle on the cobblestone street.

Still, Canyon Road has its charms. This winding, shaded street, just blocks from Santa Fe's busy plaza, has a picturesque quality and ambience all its own. It's a pretty place to spend a day wandering in and out of galleries that represent some of the best-known artists in America. It's just not very pedestrian-friendly.

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