Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe which includes a monument, a garden and a memorial
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

Inn at Santa Fe, SureStay Collection by Best Western
Inn at Santa Fe, SureStay Collection by Best Western
3 out of 5
8376 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM, 87507
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $125 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Fe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,006 reviews)
"Very enjoyable"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Inn at Santa Fe, SureStay Collection by Best Western
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
309 W San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
The price is $242 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Santa Fe. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,006 reviews)
"beautiful and clean! staff was so nice , pool access is the best!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
3.5 out of 5
828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
The price is $207 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Fe. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"Friendly service…good location"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
★Delora Studio★ | Historic | Near Canyon Rd
★Delora Studio★ | Historic | Near Canyon Rd
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The price is $107 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this vacation home in Santa Fe. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Santa Fe Plaza and Meow Wolf are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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"Loved the place. Would love to rent it again! Thank you so much!"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

★Delora Studio★ | Historic | Near Canyon Rd
Fort Marcy Hotel Suites by All Seasons Resort Lodging
Fort Marcy Hotel Suites by All Seasons Resort Lodging
3 out of 5
321 Kearney Ave, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
The price is $178 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 3-star condo in Santa Fe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,198 reviews)
"Great location, friendly efficient staff, walkable area"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Fort Marcy Hotel Suites by All Seasons Resort Lodging
Gomez Gardens
Gomez Gardens
3.5 out of 5
319 West Gomez Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
Stay at this 3.5-star golf vacation home in Santa Fe. Enjoy free parking, an onsite convenience store, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Santa Fe Plaza ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"The house itself is small and a little dark, but the yard is large and beautiful. Charming but old house. The location was perfect for access to shops, culture and restaurants. A little too much street noise for us, but after the weekend, it got a little quieter. No heat or AC that we could figure ..."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Gomez Gardens
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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.

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