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Best of Santa Fe

Spend a day catching up on the best sights in the country’s oldest state capital—it turned 400 in 2009.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview:  The heady aroma of burning piñon logs permeates the air every night in Santa Fe, where the altitude—nearly 7,000 feet—ensures... more »

Tips:  Visitors, be aware: Santa Fe does not sit amid a parched, sunburned desert landscape. On the contrary, the city’s high elevation... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Bittersweet Designs

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

Address:
901 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States

Phone:
(505) 490-9066

2. 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 folk art.

Address:
58 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States

Phone:
(505) 984-1364

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 fills up with fans of live music. The live entertainment here ranges from kickin’ rockabilly to velvety jazz to fiery flamenco—all of it top-notch. There’s a long list of Spanish wines and sherries to... More

Built in 1922, this landmark Santa Fe hotel has wood vigas (beams), kiva fireplaces, and polished tile floors. The rooftop Bell Tower Bar is the place for sunset cocktails with a view of the Jemez Mountains.

Address:
100 E. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States

Phone:
(505) 982-5511

The nation’s oldest continuously occupied public building, the mammoth, single-story Palace with its flat roof and block-long portal (porch) dates all the way back to 1610, when it served as the territory’s governmental headquarters. Dominating the entire north block of the Plaza, the building has served as New Mexico’s state history museum since ... More

The Spread: Distinctly southwestern produce is on display at this Saturday market in Santa Fe’s rail yard, where 100 vendors gather to sell locally grown white sweet corn and blue-corn posole; bolita beans and mesquite cactus honey; buffalo sausages; heaps of organically grown dried chiles, including ancho, guajillo, and habanero; and more than... More

7. Station Coffee

Fresh-baked croissants and other snacks are on hand at this airy new café in one of the Railyard District’s original brick warehouses.

Address:
530 S. Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States

Phone:
(505) 988-2470

Part roadhouse, part specialty grocer, the market is located just north of the center, in the neighborhood of Tesuque. Refuel with an oven-fired pizza after a hike on the Winsor Trail.

Address:
138 Tesuque Village Rd.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States

Phone:
(505) 988-8848