New Mexico may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

Santa FeUnited States of America

Unique architecture, extensive art collections, and numerous festivals make this New Mexico city a historical yet lively place to be.

Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Its long, colorful history and vibrant southwestern culture make it a fascinating place to visit.

Santa Fe is a great city to explore on foot. Sign up to one of the free tours, or head off on your own. Winding streets and alleys reveal masterpieces such as the Loretto Chapel. Be sure to see its “miraculous” staircase built by a mysterious stranger who some believe to have been St. Joseph. Other great places to visit are the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis and the Palace of the Governors, which was built by the Spanish in the early 1600s.

Santa Fe is a popular destination for art lovers. Early in the 20th century, the city attracted an assortment of great artists, and much of that legacy lives on today. Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which documents her time in Santa Fe and houses over 1,000 pieces of original artwork. You can also take a trip along Canyon Road, which has many of the city’s 250 galleries.

Long before the artists arrived in Santa Fe, it was the home of the Indian Pueblos, the native people of the area. Their contributions to art and culture still play a large part in the city. Many of these communities are still in Santa Fe today, and it’s possible to visit and witness their culture close-up. Check events calendars for special events such as the Santa Fe Indian Market, and the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Arts and Crafts Show and Market.

When you want to spend time away from the town, take to one of the hiking routes, such as the Aspen Vista Trail. If you’re feeling more adventurous, rent a mountain bike or ride the Rio Grande rapids on a raft.

With over 400 years of history, within its plazas, churches, museums, and traditional festivals, Santa Fe is a fascinating blend of culture and history, past and present.

Where to stay in Santa Fe

New Mexico Museum of Art showing a statue or sculpture and art

Downtown Santa Fe

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,990 area reviews)

Visitors to Downtown Santa Fe rave about its fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries. You might also want to make some time to see Santa Fe Plaza or Loretto Chapel while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Downtown Santa Fe
Canyon Road showing interior views and art

Historic Eastside

4.5/5Wonderful!(54 area reviews)

While visiting Historic Eastside, you might make a stop by sights like Santa Fe Children's Museum and ViVO Contemporary.

Historic Eastside
A peak inside Meow Wolf. Love this place!

Southside

4/5Very Good!(1,497 area reviews)

Southside is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Meow Wolf and International Museum of Collage, Assemblage & Construction, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Santa Fe.

Southside
The annual burning of Zozobra

Northeast Santa Fe

4.5/5Wonderful!(111 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Northeast Santa Fe and surrounding area, you can visit Santa Fe Plaza and Loretto Chapel.

Northeast Santa Fe
My favorite juice/smoothie/breakfast place in Santa Fe.  They also sell general goods and offer lunch.  
#places #eat #generalgoods #store #goods #flowers #coffee #restaurants #santafe #travel #breakfast #lunch #smoothies #juices #healthy

South Capitol

5/5Exceptional!(20 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in South Capitol, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Railyard Arts District are top sights worth seeing.

South Capitol
The annual burning of Zozobra

North Hills

While North Hills might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Old Fort Marcy Park and Santa Fe Plaza.

North Hills

Top Hotels in Santa Fe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
3.5 out of 5
828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM
The price is $110 per night

Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and Santa Fe Plaza. Loretto Chapel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (949 reviews)

"Very clean, safety conscious and comfortable hotel - large rooms with very comfortable beds - would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
La Fonda on the Plaza
La Fonda on the Plaza
4 out of 5
100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM
The price is $169 per night

Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this spa hotel is steps from Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe Plaza, and Loretto Chapel. New Mexico Museum of Art and Museum of ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,013 reviews)

"Excellent and fast check in. The room was very clean and easy access, we had a little balcony facing the Loretto Chapel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

La Fonda on the Plaza
Hyatt Place Santa Fe
Hyatt Place Santa Fe
3 out of 5
4320 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM
The price is $88 per night

Located in Southside, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Meow Wolf. Santa Fe Plaza and Loretto Chapel ...

4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

"Rooms were clean and roomy. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Only negative was hard to find as hotel is behind other businesses."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Hyatt Place Santa Fe

Getting around Santa Fe

Santa Fe is well served by Santa Fe Trails, a network of bus routes which covers most of the city. Downtown is easy to get around on foot, as are most of the city’s more historic districts around the center. It’s also a good city to bike around, with a decent network of cycle paths. There are plenty of car rental operators to choose from, which is a good option if you want to explore beyond the city center. Visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation website.Browse Santa Fe rental cars.

Best time to visit

Most visitors to Santa Fe choose to come between the spring and the fall, when the weather warms up. Summer has the warmest temperatures, with average highs in the mid 80s F (high 20s C) but also the most expensive hotels; spring and fall are cheaper but still have nice weather. Fall sees a packed program of festivals, like the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta and the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration.

Popular places to visit in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Plaza
Image for Santa Fe Plaza

Santa Fe Plaza

4.5/5(1,686 reviews)

Home to many landmarks in the heart of the city, this spacious square evokes echoes of the Spanish colonial era with its markets, bandstand and live music.

Meow Wolf
Image for Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf

4.5/5(576 reviews)

Study the exhibits at Meow Wolf, a favorite museum in Santa Fe. Visit the stunning cathedral and shops in this walkable area.

Ski Santa Fe
Image for Ski Santa Fe

Ski Santa Fe

4.5/5(209 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Ski Santa Fe, a top ski area in Santa Fe. Discover the top-notch restaurants and renowned opera in this walkable area.

Loretto Chapel
Image for Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel

4.5/5(764 reviews)

A mysterious spiral staircase with no known origin is the highlight of this former church that now acts as a wedding chapel and museum.

Santa Fe Opera
Image for Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Listen to the enchanting sounds of classic opera in an open-air theater with views of the Jemez Mountains, the sunset and the stars.

Santa Fe Railyard
Image for Santa Fe Railyard

Santa Fe Railyard

4.5/5(489 reviews)

During your visit to Santa Fe, you can do some window-shopping at Santa Fe Railyard. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art scene in this romantic area.

Top things to do in Santa Fe

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Mexico
Image for City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Mexico

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Mexico

$10
Per adult
All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of New Mexico
Image for All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of New Mexico

All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of New Mexico

$3,298
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest - Santa Fe
Image for Urban Adventure Quest - Santa Fe

Urban Adventure Quest - Santa Fe

$19
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Mexico
Image for Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Mexico

Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Mexico

$20
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of New Mexico
Image for 3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of New Mexico

3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of New Mexico

$10
Per adult
Search for The Story-Documentary Film School Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Image for Search for The Story-Documentary Film School Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Search for The Story-Documentary Film School Scavenger Hunt Adventure

$65
Per adult

Reviews of Santa Fe

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1807
5 - Excellent 60.05317381189764%
4 - Good
991
4 - Good 32.93452974410103%
3 - Okay
178
3 - Okay 5.9155865736124955%
2 - Disappointing
23
2 - Disappointing 0.7643735460285809%
1 - Terrible
10
1 - Terrible 0.33233632436025257%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Lovely city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Santa Fe is my favorite city in the world. The culture the beauty and the laid back feel! It is a feast for the soul!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Lovely town!

5/5 - Excellent

Keid

May 28, 2020

Very beautiful city with unique characters. Like the city landscapes and nature surrounding it. Visiting many times before. It was quiet and different this time but hope after the Covid19 pandemic, city will come back to be lively again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, just about everything was closed and I did not have a real opportunity to enjoy the city. I hope to do so in the future. I did, however, drive around the northern part of the state. Absolutely gorgeous!

5/5 - Excellent

JimLyman

May 22, 2020

Lovely city full of history and adventure. Very unique landscape and culture!

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Santa Fe

Image for Find tips and a suggested itinerary for spending a weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and plan your fun-filled retreat.

Find tips and a suggested itinerary for spending a weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and plan your fun-filled retreat.

Find tips and a suggested itinerary for spending a weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and plan your fun-filled retreat.
Image for Take your kids to discover somewhere new with these 6 unusual spring break destinations for families.

Take your kids to discover somewhere new with these 6 unusual spring break destinations for families.

Take your kids to discover somewhere new with these 6 unusual spring break destinations for families.
Image for What is Santa Fe Known For | Expedia

What is Santa Fe Known For | Expedia

What is Santa Fe Known For | Expedia
Image for Exploring favorite foodie destinations with our travel writers

Exploring favorite foodie destinations with our travel writers

Exploring favorite foodie destinations with our travel writers
Image for Highlighting the best of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Highlighting the best of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Highlighting the best of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Image for Discovering lesser-known parks inspired by #ExpediaChat

Discovering lesser-known parks inspired by #ExpediaChat

Discovering lesser-known parks inspired by #ExpediaChat

Cities near Santa Fe

Los Alamos which includes tranquil scenes

Los Alamos

Puye Cliff Dwellings featuring a ruin

Espanola

Pecos National Historical Park featuring landscape views and forest scenes

Pecos

Jemez Springs showing forests, mist or fog and snow

Jemez Springs

Other places like Santa Fe