Santa Fe has continually been voted Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Top Cultural Getaway.” New Mexico’s historic capital city boasts the appeal of Spanish Colonial charm without having to travel all the way to Europe. If you are planning a trip to Santa Fe, do not miss out on these ten unique attractions and experiences!
1. Enjoy Delicious Local Food
In Santa Fe, there is no shortage of delicious food and treats. Taste the traditional huevos rancheros – a delicious plate of eggs, beans, chile, and cheese served on a tortilla – at the Tecolote Café. If you are in the mood for some burritos, try the “Christmas-style” burritos served with red and green chile at The Shed. They also have a beautiful flower garden on their patio for you to enjoy while you eat your lunch! If it is margarita time, head over to the Coyote Cantina and enjoy a drink on their open-air terrace.
2. Visit Immersive Museums
There are over a dozen museums around Santa Fe. Get inspired through the area’s rich cultural heritage, history, and art. If you are eager to learn about Native American art and culture, check out the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the New Mexico History Museum. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum houses some stunning artwork as well, so it is a must see!
3. Shop at the Palace of the Governors
Browse the shops at the Palace of the Governors. It was originally constructed to be Spain’s seat of government for what is now the American Southwest. Its shops are full of beautiful handmade Native American silver and turquoise jewelry and art so make sure to pick up something to remember your trip.
4. Relax at La Fiesta Lounge
Take a break from the many Santa Fe attractions at the La Fiesta Lounge inside the La Fonda on the Plaza hotel. It is a great place to relax and enjoy a delicious margarita!
5. Check out the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
When in Santa Fe you must stop and admire the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi. This cathedral was built between 1869 and 1886 and is known for its impressive Romanesque architecture.
6. Walk Along the Canyon Road Art District
The Canyon Road Art District is every shopper and art lover’s dream! It houses over a hundred galleries, restaurants, and boutiques in just a half mile radius. It is a great way to appreciate some amazing art in just one short walk.
7. Explore La Casa Vieja de Analco
Did you know that Santa Fe houses the oldest continuously inhabited residence in America? Visit La Casa Vieja de Analco to explore the beautiful structure that Pueblo Indians built in AD 1200.
8. Discover Unique Art Markets
Santa Fe has an abundance of art markets to discover. Make sure you check out the Spanish, Indian and Folk Art markets – they are top-notch, and you won’t be disappointed!
9. Experience the Famous Santa Fe Opera
What better way to immerse yourself in culture than by watching a show at the world-famous Santa Fe Opera? Catch an old favorite or a world premiere, and make sure you pack a posh picnic so you can tailgate in the car park before the show.
10. Hike up to Santa Fe Baldy
If you are a nature lover, you have to take the hike up to Baldy, an unforgettable treeless trek that will guide you 3,700 meters up to Santa Fe’s peak. Here you can savor the amazing views of the city and the desert beyond it!