Just popping into town for a few days…here are some wonderful ways to explore our lovely City Different in just 72 hours
Explore The Heart of Santa Fe
Get settled in and make sure you have plenty of water so you can acclimate to our 7,200-foot elevation. Many Santa Fe hotels have fine restaurants so you can have dinner where you’re staying. Explore our Dining listings to find the perfect place for your dining experience. Be sure to get plenty of rest so you’ll be ready for a busy day of exploration tomorrow.
After breakfast, get acquainted with downtown Santa Fe on a guided tram tour or guided walking tour. You’ll get a great overview of Santa Fe’s history, culture and architecture as you navigate the winding streets in and around the downtown Plaza with a knowledgeable guide sharing stories about the famous buildings, the significant events and the colorful people of Santa Fe’s past who helped shape this dynamic city. This is a great time to take some pictures of Santa Fe’s landmark downtown sites.
You could also opt to take our free, self-guided walking tours of artisanal chocolate houses, coffee and tea houses, literary landmarks and New Deal art legacies, all found in Free Walking Tours on this website.
After a traditional New Mexican lunch served in one of Santa Fe’s gourmet downtown restaurants, it’s time to feast your eyes. There’s nothing likeshopping in Santa Fe, where you’ll find one-of-a-kind treasures that you’ll want to take home as mementos of your visit to this wonderful city. Our boutiques and galleries are famous, so you’ll want to linger in our shops as you peruse the incredible selection of clothing, jewelry, art and more.
Perhaps it’s now time to take a coffee break at one of Santa Fe’s hip cafes, which you can discover in our Coffee Lover’s Tour. You can meet the locals, catch up on the news and enjoy a fresh roasted cup of gourmet coffee.
Feeling ready for some relaxation? Visit one of Santa Fe’s luxurious Spas and enjoy a hot stone massage, an herbal body wrap or a hot tub soak. Santa Fe is famous for its alluring spas, which offer a variety of treatments guaranteed to rejuvenate and refresh.
Ready for dinner? Choose from an array of acclaimed restaurants serving everything from traditional New Mexican cuisine to global fusion. Then take in a concert, play or other performing arts event happening around town. Check our Cultural Calendar for a list of events scheduled while you’re in town. You’ll head to bed feeling impressed by all that Santa Fe has to offer, but you’re not done yet!
Following breakfast, spend the morning exploring the fascinating museums of downtown Santa Fe. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a good place to start. It’s small and easily seen within an hour, showcasing the works of the country’s most famous female artist. Then head over to the New Mexico Museum of Art, where you’ll discover paintings by traditional and contemporary Southwestern artists. Nearby is the New Mexico History Museum, a cutting-edge museum that explores our region’s history in a multi-media environment. The Palace of the Governors, part of the history museum, is the country’s oldest, continuously in use public building and is worth visiting for its fascinating history.
Rest those museum legs with a delicious lunch at a restaurant chosen from ourDining listings. Then take to the streets to enjoy some of the city’s fascinating historic sites on foot. You’ll visit the Loretto Chapel, with its famous “Miraculous” staircase, and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, built between 1869 and 1886 in the French Romanesque Revival Style.
After seeing the sites, head up to the rooftop terrace at La Fonda where you can enjoy panoramic views of the sunset as you relax with a Santa Fe style margarita. Then enjoy one more amazing Santa Fe dinner before your trip draws to an end.
Relax and Rejuvenate
Santa Fe is known as a sanctuary for the body, mind and spirit and this itinerary ensures that by the time you leave, you will be utterly relaxed and blissfully rejuvenated.
First get settled in and make sure you have plenty of water so you can acclimate yourself to 7,200 feet. Many Santa Fe hotels have fine restaurants so you can enjoy dinner close to where you’re staying. Then be sure to get a good night’s rest so you’ll be ready for the spa experience of a lifetime.
After a delicious breakfast, you’ll be going to one of Santa Fe’s acclaimed spas, such as the Japanese-inspired Ten Thousand Waves, where you’ll have an extraordinary massage followed by a peaceful soak in an outdoor hot tub, surrounded by fragrant pine trees.
After your massage, there’s no better way to escape workday stress than by getting into nature. Drive up into the mountains of the Santa Fe Ski Basin and enjoy a leisurely hike among aspen trees on the Aspen Vista Trail. Then head back down to town and give your body a treat by taking a yoga class, a Pilates class or another type of exercise class that you’ll find in our Classes and Workshops listings.
Now it’s time to indulge in some incredible chocolate. Take our Chocolate Lover’s Odyssey tour to sample handcrafted chocolates and chocolate elixirs so unique, you won’t find them anywhere else. Be sure to try some chocolates flavored with our famous red and green chile.
Take some time before dinner to relax your body, mind and spirit, then dine in style at one of Santa Fe’s fine restaurants before taking in a concert, play or other performing arts event held at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Check our Cultural Calendar to see what’s going on while you’re here.
After breakfast, it’s time for another day devoted to Spas. Get your body glowing with an herbal wrap and hot stone massage at Absolute Nirvana, an Indonesian style spa, or Body. Then take a yoga class to stretch your body and remove any remaining kinks. See our Classes and Workshops listings.
Follow up your exercise with a healthy lunch at one of our world-class eateries. Check our Dining listings to pick the perfect place.
Then, spend the afternoon at one of our hotel Spas, unwinding with a facial and a hot tub soak or sauna. By now, you should be so relaxed you won’t want to do too much more except enjoy dinner and, finally, float right off to sleep, never having felt better.
An Outdoor Adventure
Get settled and be sure to drink plenty of water to acclimate yourself to the 7,200-foot altitude. Many Santa Fe hotels have fine restaurants so you can have dinner where you’re staying.
Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast at a restaurant, as today you’ll be riding the thrilling rapids of the mighty Rio Grande. Charter any of Santa Fe’s experiencedriver rafting companies for a full day on the river and you’ll be in expert hands plus have all the gear you need for your great adventure. After the ride is over, return to Santa Fe for a mellow end to an exciting day. Relax over dinner at a nearby restaurant and then rest up for your next big day of adventure. Check our Dining listings to find a restaurant close to where you’re staying.
After eating a delicious breakfast, stop at one of Santa Fe’s local grocery stores to pick up snacks and a healthy lunch for your trip to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, where you’ll find an array of trails to hike for the day. Try the popular Aspen Vista Trail, with beautiful views of the aspen trees that turn golden in the fall. You can also rent mountain bikes and bike the Aspen Vista Trail.
If you’d prefer to play golf rather than hike the mountains, you’ll find plenty of beautiful, award-winning golf courses. Check our Golf Courses section for ideas on where to play.
You could also spend the day fly fishing in the mountains. Charter a fly fishing trip with one of Santa Fe’s outdoor adventure companies and you’ll be an expert by the time the lesson is over.
After your day in the mountains or on the golf course, a trip to one of Santa Fe’s spas will help out any tired muscles. Then enjoy an excellent dinner at one of Santa Fe’s acclaimed restaurants, which you can choose from our Dininglistings. If you still have energy left, enjoy a concert, play or performing arts event listed in our Cultural Calendar.
Art Lover’s Itinerary
Get settled and remember to drink plenty of water to acclimate yourself to the 7,200-foot altitude. Then relax over dinner in one of Santa Fe’s acclaimed restaurants, which you can choose from our Dining listings.
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to get out and see Santa Fe’s world-famousArt. Start with Canyon Road, a mile-long stretch of famous galleries and boutiques. You’ll explore contemporary and traditional galleries that are filled with an impressive array of works by local, national and international artists. You’ll see everything from paintings to photography, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, jewelry and more.
When it’s time for lunch, you’ll find several restaurants on Canyon Road amid all the art. Take time to relax and refuel before you continue to explore the many galleries on this celebrated street devoted to arts and crafts.
After you’ve finished Canyon Road, you’ll probably want to take a break from viewing art, so why not relax with a massage and a hot tub soak? Santa Fe has a wide, inviting range of spa options. Check our Spa listings on this website.
Then relax over a delicious dinner in one of Santa Fe’s acclaimed restaurants, followed by some live music in a Santa Fe nightclub or other venue. Also check out the performing arts schedule in our Cultural Calendar to see if there’s a concert, play or other event you’d like to attend that’s scheduled while you’re here.
After breakfast, head over to the new and vibrant Railyard District, with its upscale galleries and art spaces. Visit SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary art museum that hosts exciting exhibits of local, national and international artists. You’ll find lots to see in this dynamic new district, including the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from early morning to noon.
Take a lunch break at the farmer’s market or in one of the Railyard restaurants, then continue to explore this district, which also includes the Guadalupe Street shops.
Finish up your afternoon in the downtown Santa Fe Plaza, where you’ll find more galleries devoted to Native American art as well as contemporary and traditional arts of the Southwest.
Before it’s time for dinner, make time to watch one of our spectacular sunsets from the top of the Cross of the Martyrs, an outdoor park on the northeast side of Paseo de Peralta. Then head out to dine in style at one of our celebrated world-class restaurants, where the food itself can be a work of art.