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.

No matter what the season there is always something to enjoy in Santa Fe. Spring brings out the entire community to enjoy everything from bike riding and hiking to art openings and fabulous restaurants. I love the summer in Santa Fe, the weather is perfect, rarely exceeding 90 degrees, cooling down at night to a comfortable 70. Free live music on the plaza throughout the summer is so special. Fall is full of Santa Fe traditions that include riding up to Hyde Park to enjoy the changing of the aspens, the annual burning of Zozobra, and of course fiestas de Santa Fe. Then in the winter you can snowboard, ski and on clear dry days you can bundle up and ride your bike. If you like a great spa experience we have Ten Thousand Waves Japanese spa. Take a cooking class to learn how to prepare Southwestern cuisine at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. While you are there book a restaurant cruise. The School of cooking will take you around to some of the local restaurants, introduce you to the chefs, you'll sample some great food and wine. A really special outing for any foodie.
Reviewed by
on May 15, 2012
Something fun to do every minute.
Reviewed by roco10
on May 15, 2012
heaven on earth - sunsets and sunrises are spectacular
Reviewed by
on May 15, 2012
Santa Fe is an amazing city with beautiful art, wonderful food and great shopping.
Reviewed by markel25
on May 15, 2012
Santa Fe is truly enchanting. The food, art, The Inn at Loretto, Indian Market, and thousands of other wonderful places to visit. This is the gem of the United States!
Reviewed by perts1
on May 15, 2012
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