What to do in Santa Fe, NM

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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.

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SITE Santa Fe - If you want to get cultured, head here and enjoy the creative talent on show.

College of Santa Fe - Architecture enthusiasts will certainly enjoy admiring the modern design of this landmark.

Cross of the Martyrs - Feel like you've taken a step back in time while wandering around this historic site.

Santa Fe Plaza - This buzzing location is a favorite of visitors and locals alike.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi - Connect with your spiritual side or simply take in the peaceful ambiance at this holy place.

Winsor Trail - Unwind and let nature's rugged beauty here soothe your soul.

Skateboard Park - If you're into working in your garden, this place will captivate your inner green thumb.

Things to Do in Santa Fe with Kids

There's fun for all the family wherever you roam in Santa Fe. Here are some family friendly experiences you can try together that promise to make your break a blast:


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