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Santa Fe Travel Guide

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Plan Your Santa Fe Vacation

On a plateau at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains—at an elevation of 7,000 feet—Santa Fe is brimming with reminders of nearly four centuries of Spanish and Mexican rule, and of the Pueblo cultures that have been here for hundreds more.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. A winter stroll on Canyon Road. There are few experiences to match walking this ancient street on Christmas Eve when it's covered with snow, scented by piñon fires burning in luminarias along the road, and echoing with the voices of carolers and happy families.
  2. A culinary adventure. Start with blue-corn pancakes for breakfast and try Spanish tapas or farm-to-table regional Southwestern fare for dinner. Enjoy some strawberry-habanero gelato at Ecco or sip an Aztec Warrior Chocolate Elixir at Kakawa Chocolate. Take a cooking lesson. Santa Fe is an exceptional dining town, the perfect place to push the frontiers of your palate.
  3. Into the wild. Follow the lead of locals and take any one of the many easy-access points into the incredible, and surprisingly lush, mountains that rise out of Santa Fe. Raft the Rio Grande, snowboard, snowshoe, or try mountain biking.
  4. Market mashup. Summer offers the phenomenal International Folk Art Market, the famed Indian Market, and the two-for-one weekend of Traditional Spanish Market and Contemporary Hispanic Market. Plus there’s an outstanding farmers’ market on Saturday mornings. The offerings are breathtaking and the community involvement is yet another aspect of Santa Fe to fall in love with.

When To Go

When to Go to Santa Fe

Hotel rates are highest in summer. Between September and November and in April and May they're lower, and (except for the major holidays) from Decem...

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