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Best Things To Do in Santa Fe

Canyon Road, the epicenter of Santa Fe's artistic culture, is the first and last stop for most visitors. But while the commercial galleries and public museums found there often steal the thunder of the historic monuments, you must still check out Plaza sites like the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and the Palace of the Governors. For a little living culture, support the local commerce at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. And if you arrive wanting fresh air, the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains are great for hiking, skiing, horseback riding and biking.

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#1
Canyon Road Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If there's any doubt that Santa Fe is a prime destination for art lovers, Canyon Road quashes it. Situated ... read more»

#2
Santa Fe Plaza Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Since the city's founding in 1610, the Santa Fe Plaza has been its cultural hub, hosting bullfights and fandangos ... read more»

#3
Santa Fe Opera House
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Santa Fe Opera House is a world-renowned venue that plays host to a variety of operas each summer. The ... read more»

#4
Museum of International Folk Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Of all the museums that make up the New Mexico History Museum group, this one is probably the most unique ... read more»

#5
Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico History Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Constructed in 1610, the Palace of the Governors was the original Capitol of New Mexico. The adobe structure was the ... read more»

#6
Santa Fe Farmers Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: No matter your reason for visiting Santa Fe – whether it be to see the art or ski the slopes – set ... read more»

#7
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francisc of Assisi Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're an architecture buff, take some time to check out the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi ... read more»

#8
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Having moved from the East Coast, Georgia O'Keeffe was inspired by Santa Fe's blazing landscape, and soon her ... read more»

#9
Skiing
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: It may come as a surprise to some visitors, but New Mexico is home to some of the top ski ... read more»

#10
Bandelier National Monument
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For centuries before the United States declared independence, the Southwest was divided into a number of city-states governed by Native ... read more»

#11
New Mexico Museum of Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The oldest art museum in the state, the New Mexico Museum of Art is set in a traditional adobe building ... read more»

#12
Liquid Light Glass
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Established in 1986, Liquid Light Glass is a hub for glass-blown art, sculptures, ornaments, vases and more. The shop is ... read more»

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