Santa Fe , founded in 1607, is the capital of the state of New Mexico in the United States. With an elevation of 7000 feet, it is not only the United States' oldest state capital but its highest. Its population of about 70,000, doesn't make it the most populous capital, but that's part of its charm. Santa Fe is consistently rated one of the world's top travel destinations for its confluence of scenic beauty, long history (at least by US standards), cultural diversity, and extraordinary concentration of arts, music and fine dining.