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.

Early November was the time I first came into this enchanting town. Spectacular images of dawn-lit adobe homes clustered close to the Old Santa Fe Trail into the Plaza. Incense in the air? How do they do that, I wondered. Pinon wood in fire places, that's how. Charming coffee and pastry shops, beautiful weather (albeit windy in Rocky Mountain springtimes.) Our People are friendly, although brash tourists not our favorites. Wonderful cultural events ALL the time. Incredible restaurants, from the down home New Mexican to the delicious international - Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Cuban, French, Mexican, German, Ethiopian, Carribean, East Indian - including Ayurvedic. And the drive to the Santa Fe Ski Basin - spectacular. I love staying home here!!
Reviewed by InspiredinSantaFe
on May 24, 2012
Santa Fe and the surrounding area is full of history, culture, a mix of many different cultures and amazingly, they all compliment each other.. A great place to VISIT and frequent. Plan your trip carefully and take in all you can.
Reviewed by Hototo O
on May 23, 2012
Santa Fe is so unique and culturally diverse. There is something magical in the air...
Reviewed by ashleymcel
on May 17, 2012
Wouldn't live anywhere else.
Reviewed by DMGriego
on May 17, 2012
The architecture, the mountains, the flowers . . . even the green (pinon and juniper) and gold (cottonwood and aspen in the fall) . . . are beautiful! I love Santa Fe and the surrounding area and wouldn't live anywhere else.
Reviewed by GrammySandy
on May 16, 2012
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