There are many unforgettable things to do in Santa Fe: explore its history, learn about its culture, shop world renowed art markets and galleries. Discover the art, the history, the cuisine and the landscapes that made Santa Fe #3 City in the U.S. 2020 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards.
Santa Fe's Canyon Road is home to more than 100 galleries, boutiques and restaurants in one magical half mile. Stroll along this picturesque road for a day of Santa Fe outdoor activities, fine art, antiques, sculptures - and unparalleled shopping.
Go inside the history and culture of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico with any one of an array of guided tours and Santa Fe outdoor activities lead by our partner Heritage Inspirations. See New Mexico from above with a hot air balloon ride or from the water with a white water adventure or river float.
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Heritage Inspirations offers half and full-day excursions, multi-day adventures, and custom-crafted itineraries. With more than twenty tours across Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces including active outdoor expeditions, specially curated walking tours, and roving glamping adventures, Heritage Inspirations has a unique and dynamic option for every traveler. As a partner of Heritage Inspirations, Heritage Hotels & Resorts provides an exclusive discount to those who stay at one of our properties in Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces before or after a tour.
Heritage Inspirations offers a tour and rental shop at our sister property, Inn & Spa at Loretto. Daily E-Bike tours, rentals, and merchandise will be available in the shop to take home a piece of your journey. Learn more below.
Experience Heritage Inspiration's most popular day tour with an architectural and historical perspective of Santa Fe. Spend your Thursday or Friday morning walking Santa Fe’s Historic Eastside neighborhood, exploring the distinctive architecture this region is known for. You’ll discover the beauty that distinguishes the three styles of New Mexican architecture: Pueblo, Spanish Territorial and Northern New Mexican. Learn more below.
When you’re ready to step beyond the doors of Hotel St. Francis, you will find many great things to do in Santa Fe, NM. This “City Different” is packed with history, culture, art and action, so whether you’re seeking something for art, events, shopping or culinary activities in Santa Fe, we have more than enough to capture your attention. Discover why Santa Fe was named Travel + Leisure magazine's “Readers' Choice 2017 Destination of the Year."
Santa Fe history dates back more than 400 years, and this is clearly evident when you stroll across our scenic Historic Plaza, which plays host to world-class events like the Indian and Spanish Markets every summer, or wander down the street to visit San Miguel Mission, the oldest church in North America and our community partner that we support. A number of our downtown galleries, restaurants and museums are also located in historic properties.
Santa Fe, NM is also full of delights to savor, including wine festivals that feature local vintages and a stunning number of award-winning dining options. Restaurant menus range from traditional Northern New Mexican specialties and modern twists on those classics, to cuisine from faraway lands handcrafted from fresh, local ingredients.
No matter how you choose to explore Santa Fe, you will surely accrue many unforgettable experiences.
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Canyon Road Galleries (0.2 miles)
Santa Fe is known for its art. Canyon Road in Santa Fe has over a hundred art galleries in a mile-long stretch of road. Find art created by internationally acclaimed artists in both traditional and contemporary traditions.
Santa Fe Opera (6.7 miles)
The Santa Fe Opera is a world renowned performance venue. The striking, open-air theater features performers in a wide-ranging and challenging repetoire in a striking setting that is recognized as one of the world's leading cultural attractions.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (0.6 miles)
Located adjacent to the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum collection features over 3,000 works with 1,149 pieces created by the famous artist. The museum also presents special exhibitions and has shown works by more than 140 other artists.
New Mexico Museum of Art (0.5 miles)
Experience the art of New Mexico from a fresh perspective. Exhibitions range from the richness of New Mexico's art and history, to innovations in contemporary art to exploration of art in general.
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (1.9 miles)
With 3,700 objects, the collections are the most comprehensive compilation of Spanish Colonial art of their kind. Among the various media featured are santos (painted and sculpted images of saints,) textiles, tinwork, silverwork, goldwork, ironwork, straw appliqué, ceramics, furniture, books and more.
Museum of International Folk Art (2 miles)
Since its opening in September 1953, the Museum of International Folk Art has gained national and international recognition as an accredited museum that is home to the world's largest collection of folk art with more than 135,000 artifacts.
Wheelwright Museum (2.2 miles)
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. The museum is famous for its focus on little-known genres, and for solo shows by living Native American artists.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (1.9 miles)
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is a premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art.
New Mexico History Museum (0.6 miles)
Relatively new to the Santa Fe museum scene, the New Mexico History Museum is located on the Santa Fe Plaza, where interactive exhibits illustrate the history of native peoples, Spanish colonialists, New Mexico’s Mexican Period, as well as travel and commerce along the historic Santa Fe Trail. This museum includes the Palace of the Governors, the Palace Press, and the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library and Photo Archives. For more information, visit nmhistorymuseum.org.
The oldest church in continuous use in the US, Mission San Miguel has been used for Christian worship since 1610. Its thick adobe walls and stately bell tower are iconic images for Southwestern Catholics. Learn more below.
Built on the site of two earlier churches, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is one of the historical cathedrals that sprang up in the footsteps of European expansion into the Southwest. Constructed by French and Italian masons and completed in 1887, this cathedral also features an old adobe chapel built in 1714. Its beautiful stained-glass windows were transported to Santa Fe by ship and covered wagon. Learn more below.
Built in 1878, legend states the Sisters of the Chapel prayed to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, and a man appeared who insisted upon building a circular staircase and refused any payment. When he had completed the staircase, he left and was never seen again. The staircase remains as his masterful and intriguing legacy, designed with no visible means of support despite its two complete 360-degree turns. Learn more below.
About 30 minutes North of Santa Fe lies the historical village community of Chimayo, New Mexico. Known as "the Lourdes of North America," the Santuario de Chimayo is one of the most sacred pilgrimage places on the continent. Each year, thousands make pilgrimage to the Santuario with prayers to remove their suffering. The tiny shrine, devoted to the legendary, miraculous return of a crucifix found by Bernardo de Abeyta in the early 1800s, features a small pit of sacred soil to which many ascribe curative powers. Learn more below.