Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of earth’s must-visit cities. The City Different achieved the fifth highest score in the world from Conde Nast Traveler readers last year, and this year, National Geographic awarded Santa Fe first place in the highly-competitive Sense of Place category in their prestigious World Legacy Awards.
Santa Fe is on everyone’s bucket list because it has it all: from a rich, storied history, multicultural and beloved arts scenes, and a savory, regional cuisine to an outdoors that offers four seasons of absolutely majestic adventure.
Santa Fe is an atypical city in most ways. The layout is deceptively small and tucked in between three mountain ranges, with centuries of nuanced and multilayered culture. Because of this, visitors often underestimate the depth of the city’s offerings. While they all have a thrilling time, they still miss out on many treasures even during an extended stay.
We began this guide as a primer on Santa Fe hotels, restaurants, museums and attractions so you can more easily plan an unforgettable trip here to see The House of Eternal Return and so much more. Pro tip: Try to book tickets through the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, which is the most convenient place to start your journey.
If you do visit one of the places on this list, please tell them that Meow Wolf says hi!
Note: Each section below is ranked in alphabetical order