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Things to do in Santa Fe

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Santa Fe. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Santa Fe attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Santa Fe to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Santa Fe.

  • Bandelier National Monument

    This Anasazi settlement has petroglyphs and wooden ladders that lead to ancient cave dwellings. More
  • Bittersweet Designs

    The newest addition to art-filled Canyon Road sells handcrafted jewelry and journals made with vintage wallpaper. More
  • Black Hole

    Stop in on repentant weapons scientist, Edward Grothus, at this surreal thrift shop of surplus bomb-making equipment. More
  • Bradbury Science Museum

    Survey the glorified history of Los Alamos and the atomic bomb. More
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

    Arguably Santa Fe's most photographed building, this ornate Romanesque cathedral stands in grandiose contrast to much of the city's traditional Pue... More
  • Cristo Rey

  • Doodlet's

    Mexican retablos and tin angel wings cover the walls at this funky curiosity shop. They also sell Frida Kahlo bamboo curtains and Barbie reinterpre... More
  • Double Take at the Ranch

    Hit this sprawling consignment shop for vintage, hard-to-find men's and women's Western wear—Stetson hats, silver concho belts, cowboy boots, embro... More
  • Dragon Room at the Pink Adobe

    The iconic Pink Adobe restaurant, which is housed in a 400-year-old building and has been going strong since 1944, has one undeniably wonderful thi... More
  • Dressman’s Gifts

    Hidden amid a slew of kitschy curio shops, the inventory here is the real deal, with a good selection of carved wooden angels and other New Mexican... More
  • El Farol

    Once the dinner hour’s past at this venerable Spanish restaurant (dating to the 1830’s, it’s Santa Fe’s oldest), the amber-lit, beamed dining room ... More
  • El Santuario de Chimaya

    Revered for its healing holy dirt, this 1816 Spanish mission chapel cradled in a picturesque canyon, is known as the Lourdes of America. Vendors he... More
  • El Zaguán

    Stroll through the rose and herb gardens of this Territorial-style hacienda often bypassed by gallery-hoppers. More
  • Fort Union National Monument

    Learn about the settlement of the Santa Fe Trail at Fort Union National Monument, the largest fort from America’s late-19th-century frontier period... More

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