Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, this historic capital of New Mexico, founded between 1607 and 1610, is known as the “City Different.” And how unique it is, with a thriving art scene comprising dozens of museums, hundreds of galleries, and a world class opera company. The desert and mountain landscape is a source of ... Read more
inspiration not only for artists but spiritual seekers, and Santa Fe reflects this with an abundance of meditation, southwestern traditional medicine, yoga, and other healing arts. Just outside town are a number of Indian pueblos, some of which still hold ceremonies and dances open to the public. New Mexican food can be simple, as in a plate of rice and beans “Christmas” style (with red and green chiles) or extremely upmarket - think haute cuisine burritos. Named one of only 9 Creative Cities worldwide (and the only North American one) by UNESCO, Santa Fe offers a huge helping of art and inspiration in a stunning natural landscape.

Santa Fe places to stay and top hotels

Santa Fe things to do and experiences

  • Santa Fe Plaza
    9.5100 reviews
    Outdoors, Historic Site, Landmark, Plaza
    Popular withHistoryFamilies
  • Canyon Road
    9.679 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Landmark, Neighborhood
    Popular withArtsyHistory
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
    9.279 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Art Museum
    Popular withArtsyHistory
  • Santa Fe Farmers Market
    9.740 reviews
    Shopping, Farmers Market
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies


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Most visitors head to Santa Fe in the summer to catch the town’s brief summer opera season and various other cultural events, including the popular Indian Market in August and the International Folk Art Market ... Read more
in July. However, those preferring a quieter atmosphere and more mild temperatures should avoid these visitor-packed months when hotel prices are at all-time highs. April through May is a gorgeous time of year with mild temperatures in the mid-60s and 70s, and fewer crowds clogging up Canyon Road. Winter can get chilly, especially at night, so be sure to pack layers; sunscreen is also a good idea year-round since the sun shines no matter what season it is.

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Top Santa Fe restaurants

  • The Shed Restaurant
    8.950 reviews
    Mexican, Southwestern
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies
  • Cafe Pasqual's
    8.935 reviews
    Mexican, Breakfast & Brunch
    Popular withFoodiesArtsy
  • El Farol Restaurant
    9.033 reviews
    Spanish, Bar
    Popular withFoodiesNightlife
  • Clafoutis
    9.530 reviews
    French, Breakfast & Brunch, Bakery
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies
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Santa Fe reviews & trip reports

  • 9.8
    Art & Design Lovers
  • 9.0
  • 8.5
    History Buffs
  • 8.3
    Spiritual Seekers
  • 7.6
    Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Sydney, Australia

I remember when I was there people were so friendly, beautiful place to visit

Recommended for:Foodies
Rio Rancho, New Mexico

My family and I love this place, the food, the culture and the history make it an incredible town to visit.

Recommended for:Family TravelersFoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design Lovers
Centennial, Colorado, USA

Santa Fe is an old, beautiful city well worth the visit - especially if you like good food, gorgeous southwestern architecture, and art.

Recommended for:FoodiesArt & Design Lovers
The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Santa Fe is a super cool small city that's full of artists. The Pueblo buildings are beautiful, there's fantastic local cuisine, and more art galleries in one central area than I've ever seen.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
Local from Santa Fe

Beautiful and sunny. The weather is a dry heat and mostly tolerable. A great place for sight seeing and food! Great to visit, though expensive to live there.

Recommended for:FoodiesHistory BuffsSpiritual Seekers
London, UK

I had a blast in Santa Fe, hiking out in Pueblo ruins, eating great tex-mex food (including frito pie) and checking out little art galleries. If I ever moved back to the United States, this is one of the places I'd think of living.

Recommended for:WellnessSpiritual SeekersArt & Design Lovers
Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA

Nice town to walk around and lots of nature nearby. The architecture, shops and sidewalk vendors are great!

Santa Clara, California, USA

Santa Fe is such a cool little city. It's nestled in the mountains and is a bit of a detour from the main roads. Once you're in though, you'll be enthralled by the pueblo style architecture, spicy New Mexican food, and awesome little stores to shop.

Recommended for:FoodiesArt & Design Lovers
Seattle, Washington, USA

We visited some of my college friends who lived there and stayed with them, so we didn't experience any hotels or anything. In my opinion, the City was very laid back, but was full of interesting things to see, do and people to meet! You should definitely get your heavy dose of green/red chile! And if you get bored, Albuquerque is only an hour drive away and we were able to experience a hot air balloon rides, which is what Albuquerque is known for. Overall, I thought Santa Fe was a great place to just sit back, relax and enjoy nature!

Recommended for:BackpackersAdventure TravelersSpiritual Seekers
London, UK

Great old Spanish town that sort of highlights the Spanish-American west. Wonderful opera festival there which has been going for decades. Great atmosphere, good cuisine, lots for history buffs and culture vultures.

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFamily TravelersHistory Buffs