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.

Even the little mom & pop places are great!
Reviewed by russtree
on May 16, 2012
Santa Fe is simply breathless and tranquil. I love this cozy town and drive there every other month. I learn, explore, see and taste something different everytime. There is no other place like it, really!
Reviewed by normajeancarr
on May 16, 2012
Santa Fe is alluring, adventurous and cultural. It captures the imagination of virtually everyone that is fortunate to find their way to this oasis along historic Route 66 within the Land of Enchantment. Having just celebrated its 400th Anniversary it is the oldest continuously operating capital in the United States. It is filled with the history of the old west from its architecture, legends and celebrations to the Indian artisans that sell their magnificent wares on the plaza. Looking out onto the wide open spaces that surround the city one can easily envision Spanish explorers, wagon trains, mountain men and scouts venturing west and north along the Santa Fe Trail and Camino Real to create their future in this vast wild territory occupied by the Navajo and Pueblo Indians.At the same time Santa Fe is a contemporary town with more than 200+ galleries featuring some of today's most recognized painters, sculptors, weavers, photographers and potters as well as world class performing arts – opera, dance, music, film and theater. Santa Fe is also renowned for its cuisine and healing arts. In a town of only 80,000 it recently had two James Beard Foundation Award finalists among a wide range of restaurants featuring sushi to organic buffalo burgers. The city was recently judged as having the cleanest air in the country, at 7,000 feet it abounds in virtually every form of outdoor activity.“They Went to Santa Fe and All They Got Me Was a Dam T-shirt” (it’s only true if they never left their hotel room), amazing shopping, and yes they have T-shirts too!Among all that Santa Fe has to offer its serenity is one of its most desirable features. The mountain vistas, unique geographical landmarks, undisturbed natural settings, piercing sunlight and sunsets can overwhelm the senses. Many visitors report experiencing an almost magical aura in Santa Fe, which is perhaps why many believe it is in the vortex that is reportedly found in Northern New Mexico.Se
Reviewed by gnhendricks
on May 16, 2012
If you're a foodie, and appreciate distinctive + creative cuisine in a culturally rich, historic and breathtaking environment, you must make Santa Fe your next vacation destination! James Caruso, award-winning chef of La Boca in the downtown GALA Arts + Museum District just released his latest cookbook of Spanish tapas, and you can make your reservation and experience him and his addictive culinary skills live and in person in Santa Fe. Then there's Matthew Yohalem at Il Piatto, Eric DeStefano at Coyote Cafe, Katharine Kagel at Cafe Pasquals, and the list goes on and on...
Reviewed by ev
on May 16, 2012
I love the unique nature in this small art town with mountain views.
Reviewed by Ljseebantz
on May 15, 2012
Showing 96 through 100 of 423 reviews



Add a Photo

You must be logged in to add photos.

Write a Review

Close ×

Vote for

You can only vote once for each town every 24 hours. You can vote again in

Vote for 2013 Best Small Town


Are you a DMO or CVB?
Explore "Best Town Travels" – Rand McNally’s new map-based digital travel guides for your website plus an iPhone and Facebook app! Learn More


Thank you for Voting!

Promote , by sharing your vote or writing a review.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter or Write a Review