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The Best Things to Do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is an artsy city with lots of New Mexican charm. The architecture may be reminiscent of the past but this city is definitely ahead of its time. There’s a lot to do for everyone so get ready because these are the best things to do in Santa Fe.

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Santa Fe Farmers Market

The Santa Fe Farmers Market is the perfect place to grab local, farm-fresh produce, eggs and dairy, flowers, jams, and more! You can always check out what’s in season on their website. The market is held every Tuesday and Saturday from 7 am – 1 pm at the Santa Fe Railyard (see below).

Santa Fe National Forest

If you’re looking for a great place to get outdoors then Santa Fe National Forest is the place to be! The Santa Fe National Forest is about an hour’s drive outside of the downtown area and is perfect for day hiking, camping, star gazing, and more. And if you visit during the fall season the foliage is amazing! The Aspen trees turn a beautiful golden-yellow color and the entire forest is a sea of gold and green.

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You can spend an entire day alone visiting some of the city’s many museums. If you’re a fan of the late Georgia O’Keeffe you’ll want to head to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Other art museums include the Museum of International Folk Art and New Mexico Museum of Art. If you’re a history buff then you’ll want to check out the Palace of the Governors and New Mexico History Museum.

Canyon Road Art Galleries

The city is famous for its art scene and Canyon Road is definitely the place to go if you’re interested. The street  has over 100 galleries, studios, boutiques, and more. The charming home alone is worth the stroll but it doesn’t hurt to also browse the art. You’ll see a variety of art pieces including painting and outdoor sculptures.

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Meow Wolf

Part art, part interactive museum, and all over an amazing experience. The Meow Wolf art collective is composed of almost 200 artists that specialize in architecture, sculpture, painting, photography and video production, virtual and augmented reality, and so much more. They came together in 2008 to create this interactive and immersive experience. It’s pretty much a kid’s playground for adults but also for kids!

Santa Fe Railyard

Santa Fe is an art haven and the Santa Fe Railyard is no exception. This is a great place to see contemporary art, shop, eat, and have a coffee. The Railyard hosts events and this is also where the farmers market is held every Tuesday and Saturday. And if you love locally-made and indie products check out the Railyard Artisan Market every Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm.

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Train Station

The train station is located across the way from the Railyard. The cute teal-colored trains make for a good photo. And if you’re wondering where the trains connect to, there are daily stops to Albuquerque, Belen, and more.

Loretto Chapel

The Loretto Chapel is known for its unique spiral staircase. Legend has it that a carpenter came to the church looking for work. After months the stairway was complete and he disappeared without pay or thanks. It was also built without any support beams and there are no nails or screws, only wooden pegs that hold it together, the staircase was in some ways viewed as a “miracle.”

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Are you planning a trip to New Mexico? Then be sure to check out my guide on things to do in New Mexico!

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