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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

Lamplighter Inn
Lamplighter Inn
2.5 out of 5
2405 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM
The price is $79 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Southside, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Museum of Collage, Assemblage & Construction and Meow Wolf. Liquid Light Glass and College ...
4.2/5Very Good! (327 reviews)
"Great place to stay nice rooms good location"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Lamplighter Inn
Ramada by Wyndham Santa Fe
Ramada by Wyndham Santa Fe
2.5 out of 5
3450 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM
The price is $97 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Southside, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Meow Wolf and within 6 mi (10 km) of Santa Fe Railyard and New Mexico State Capitol. Santa Fe Plaza and ...
3.7/5Good! (771 reviews)
"Room was nice, updated and clean. Property overall is old and needs updating."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Santa Fe
Hotel St Francis
Hotel St Francis
4 out of 5
210 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM
The price is $255 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New Mexico Museum of Art and Santa Fe Plaza. Loretto Chapel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (973 reviews)
"Old and cute. Great location, nice lobby, small but nice rooms. Perfect for a night in Santa Fe. Parking was easy and the attached wine bar serving New Mexico wines was great!"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Hotel St Francis
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Santa Fe-North
Homewood Suites by Hilton Santa Fe-North
3 out of 5
10 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM
The price is $144 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in the heart of Santa Fe, this golf aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Poeh Museum and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Don Quixote Distillery and Winery. Santa ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (829 reviews)
"Beautiful property. 2 bedroom suite was perfect for our family of 6. Pool, breakfast and happy hour were great as well."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Santa Fe-North
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
The price is $232 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in Northeast Santa Fe, this condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of Old Fort Marcy Park, Santa Fe Plaza, and Loretto Chapel. Museum of Contemporary ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,097 reviews)
"Enjoyed the stay and Condo was beautiful"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Fort Marcy Hotel Suites by All Seasons Resort Lodging
Otra Vez en Santa Fe
Otra Vez en Santa Fe
3.5 out of 5
202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM
Located in Downtown Santa Fe, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lensic Performing Arts Center and Santa Fe Plaza. Loretto Chapel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Otra Vez en Santa Fe
"We had a great time in Santa Fe and the location of Otra Vez en Santa Fe was the perfect place to enjoy everything downtown had to offer. Very clean and great service, we would definitely stay there again!"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2017

Otra Vez en Santa Fe
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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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