Santa Fe, New Mexico Top 10 Attractions

As one of the top historic cities in the country, Santa Fe attracts thousands of visitors annually. The city has been a trading center for more than a century and has the history and culture to prove it. Even the shortest visit to the city will give you access to art galleries, museums, and more. You can also enjoy the outdoors by going hiking, horseback riding, biking, snowboarding, or skiing. Catch a performance, whether you prefer symphonies, operas, plays, or musicals. The only problem with visiting Santa Fe is trying to pick among the numerous attractions and decide which ones to make time for.

Santa Fe Opera House

1: Santa Fe Opera House

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Address: 301 Opera Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87506

The open air Santa Fe Opera House offers the pleasure of more than just opera. Concerts with acclaimed guests of all genre perform for the public under the stars. The beautiful setting with mountains as a backdrop and a view to spectacular sunsets creates a one of a kind experience. Free parking and an opportunity to picnic before the performances is another perk to enjoying an evening here.

Santa Fe Plaza
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2: Santa Fe Plaza

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Address: E San Francisco St Santa Fe, NM 87501

The Plaza, once known as the city square, is at the heart of Santa Fe. This traditional Spanish American Memorial is a National Historic Landmark. In the center of town, it is for everyone; locals and tourists alike, to enjoy festivals, sales and food. Jewelry, art, music and dance are a part of the cultural events. The park has room to roam. Besides the beautiful trees, benches and striking decorations at holidays, shops and restaurants encircle the historic center.

Canyon Road

3: Canyon Road

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Address: Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Another perfect destination is the Canyon Road art tableau. No matter the preference, galleries featuring diverse art in every form are displayed among the unique shops and restaurants. Only minutes from leading hotels, bed & breakfasts and exclusive inns, guests can ramble down the historic road to revel in the inspiring artists at work. Unusual jewelry, Native American pottery, furniture and other gifts as well as fashion are all encompassed in the 100 shops.

Georgia O'Keefe Museum

4: Georgia O'Keefe Museum

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Address: 217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

The fabulous museum is a not to be missed selection of attractions in Santa Fe. Not only are there over 3000 works of art in the museum collection, there is much to be learned about the artist. Exhibition dates are published for those with a favored artisan, or enjoy an educational class. Events and programs for all ages include subjects such as artistic drawing techniques, cooking classes and current event discussions.

Museum of International Folk Art

5: Museum of International Folk Art

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Address: 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505

The world's largest collection of Folk Art displays four distinct compilations of artifacts. Guided tours as well as walk in tours are welcome to observe the artistic forums. The museum offers a variety of programs, exhibits and written materials for people of all ages and walks of life. The goal is to encourage interest while stimulating minds with this extraordinary offering.

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