Santa Fe, New Mexico


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

168 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
80 Votes - "Best For Food"
5 Votes - "Most Fun"
3 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"


Claiming to be the most exotic city in North America, Santa Fe is cultured and diverse. Spanish and Native American influences make for fascinating food, art and entertainment with a rich heritage evident all over town. While the food stands out, Santa Fe has so much more in store.

Santa Fe’s food focuses on the local staple—chile—and visitors should prepare to answer red or green? You can’t miss the New Mexican, Southwestern offerings, but the town has every other cuisine imaginable. Our team was thrilled with The Pantry, Maria’s, Marble Brewery, Rooftop Pizzeria and Coyote Café on their visit.

With the third largest art market in the U.S., Santa Fe boasts hundreds of art galleries, a variety of museums, opera and trademark architecture. View Pueblo and Greek-revival styles in protected historic districts, browse a gallery or attend one of several annual art markets, and take in the performing arts whether theater, dance or music. The town offers a dozen museums, four concentrated on Museum Hill near shopping and dining as well.

Outdoor recreation is a must in a destination that promises 300 sunny days each year. Hike, bike or swim in the summer and ski or ice skate in the winter. Families can choose between horseback riding, rafting, fishing or even riding a hot air balloon over the beautiful view in the valley below the Rocky Mountains. There’s even more to see and do discussed in Santa Fe’s reviews.

There is no place like Santa Fe...the air is clean and crisp and the humidity is low...thank goodness they don't need air conditioning...
Reviewed by turquoisebear
on May 31, 2012
Santa Fe is a cultural mecca! We've got all genres of visual art to satisfy your grandmother's Southwestern-themed Living Room and your ultra-modern contemporary collection. If you come during the opera season, you're getting a two-for-one. Enjoy GREAT skiing at Ski Santa Fe, don't miss the Canyon Road Farolito Walk on Christmas Eve. Cultural influences abound with Native American, Castilian Spanish and even Separdic Jewish stories stretching back for over 400 years. We boast the oldest government building, Palace of the Governors, oldest church structure, Mission de San Miguel, and our own basilica. Spirituality and wellness is taken to great depths, lacking in kitch and concentrating on an authentic experience. Hiking is endless in our vast wildernesses. Don't forget the amazing and unique Northern New Mexican cuisine! Our beautiful city is awash with earth-tone palettes of adobe.
Reviewed by NancyLeeson
on May 31, 2012
I live in paradise! Santa Fe has that small town feel with all the amenities of a much larger city. Great food, Fabulous farmer's market. Great music, theater and dance. Sunsets unsurpassed! Our mountain offers a magical place to play weather you like to hike or ski. While I enjoy vacations just as much as others, I am always so happy to return home. The big sky is endlessly beautiful and amazing.
Reviewed by amysue
on May 31, 2012
Rich history and culture reflected in its marvelous architecture and wide range of fashion, styles and activities (opera, art galleries, museums, festivals, markets and fairs, etc.) in a stunningly beautiful setting at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Reviewed by ChasP
on May 31, 2012
Small, sweet and picturesque AND cosmopolitan. Great for walking, eating, hiking, spa-ing. And lots of great little day trips to other lovely northern new mexico towns.
Reviewed by pixii51
on May 31, 2012
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