If New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment,” then Santa Fe is the source of that spell. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe is a magical town with a rich Native American culture and breathtaking natural beauty. Travel to Santa Fe is full of beautiful outdoor adventures, world-renowned art galleries, traditional handicrafts, folk festivals, delicious Southwestern food and friendly locals. Once you visit Santa Fe, you won’t want to leave. Travel + Leisure’s Santa Fe travel guide highlights the best of this Southwestern city.
Things Not to Miss in Santa Fe
• Visit the Georgia O’Keefe Museum
• Wander the art galleries on Canyon Road
• Catch some live music in Santa Fe Plaza
• Have a drink in the Dragon Room at the Pink Adobe
• Buy a piece of Native American turquoise jewelry
• Admire the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
• Climb the ladders at Bandelier National Monument
• Ski in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
When to Go to Santa Fe
Santa Fe travel is a wonderful idea year-round--it all depends on what kind of seasonal activities you are looking for. Summer is the peak season when the days are hot, and the nights are warm, but the shoulder seasons of fall and spring still have pleasant weather and offer some wonderful festivals. Winter is cold and dry in the city, but powdery snow in the mountains makes for excellent for skiing.
A stroll through the rose and herb gardens of El Zaguán, a Territorial-style hacienda often bypassed by gallery-hoppers.
Peeking inside San Miguel Mission, the nation's oldest church, in use since the early 17th century.
Tasting the edible (chocolate) religious art sold at Todos Santos, a Lilliputian candy shop in an 18th-century courtyard.