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Santa Fe Attractions

Sante Fe is a magical city located in the American Southwest. Rich in history and local lore, this community is also known for drawing artists from all over the world because of unique quality of the light featured by this part of New Mexico. Some of the best attractions in Santa Fe include local art galleries. The dry climate and stunning landscape make it a popular tourist destination, and many who visit end up returning at some future point to live as residents.

Although most American cities have their own unique styles and cultures, Santa Fe has always stood out from the crowd. Referred to as "The City Different" since the early part of the last century, Sante Fe's pueblo-style architecture, blending of the distinct cultures of the Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo Saxon peoples, and abundant natural beauty make it a truly individual community.

Numerous cultural offerings and festivals are among the many Santa Fe activities available to both residents and guests. Events frequently take place in the plaza that is located in the city's historic downtown district. A must see event for those visiting Santa Fe during July is the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Santa Fe tours include explorations of Museum Hill, which is an area close to the downtown region that contains a substantial number of museums. Other worthwhile Santa Fe excursions include the Canyon Road arts district and day trips to the Bandelier National Monument, which is located about 30 miles from Santa Fe proper.

Although summer is the most popular time of year to visit NM, many of those who return to Sante Fe on a regular basis do so during the month of September when the aspen trees in the surrounding mountains begin to put on their yearly show. Things to do in Santa Fe during the fall include attending the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe and visiting historic places such as the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.

By calling our offices here at Expedia when planning your Santa Fe sojourn, we can provide you with a map of the area's main attractions. You can also book your stay at Santa Fe's top lodging spots directly through us.

Things to Do in Santa Fe with Kids

If you want to create memories as a family in Santa Fe, we've got some inspiration. Round up the troops and check out these fun-filled family friendly experiences:

Free Things to Do in Santa Fe

Leave your purse in the hotel room. It's possible to have fun in Santa Fe without paying a cent.

SITE Santa Fe - Feed your appetite for arts and culture here and witness local talent at work.

College of Santa Fe - Architecture fan or not, you'll be wowed by this landmark's modern design.

Cross of the Martyrs - If you're thinking of exploring the region's history through its landmarks, put this one on your itinerary.

Santa Fe Plaza - Mingle with the local residents and discover the real character and energy of this unique place.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi - Incorporate a bit of spirituality into your escape with a stop at this religious site.

Winsor Trail - Take your camera and let the natural surrounds capture your imagination.

Skateboard Park - Grab your blanket, pack some finger food and find a shady spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe

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.


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The world’s first atomic bomb was created in the scientific research laboratory of this small town nestled in the Jemez Mountains.



See fascinating cave dwellings, visit a Native American sanctuary and explore the forests and parks that surround this historic railroad town.

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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.

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Historic Eastside

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

Northeast Santa Fe

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Santa Fe on a sunny day?

Put on some sun cream and your favorite hat and enjoy outdoor activities like an Albuquerque Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride or a City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of New Mexico.

What should I not miss in Santa Fe?

If you'd like to explore the best of this place, add these sights to your itinerary:

  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Palace of the Governors
  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

What can you do in Santa Fe for free?

You could put your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions won't cost you a cent:

  • San Miguel Mission
  • Santa Fe Plaza
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Cities of Gold Casino