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The former Spanish colony of Santa Fe still has a strong European influence, from the lightly colored architecture with terracotta roofed homes, to the grand churches. Surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes on one side, and vast areas of rocky desert on the other, it's long been a peaceful retreat for artists and creative types, and it's a very popular spot for hikers with challenging trails. Santa Fe also has a lively cultural scene, with this unique city making a perfect backdrop for arts festivals, live music, and colorful fiestas.

Things to see

The New Mexico Museum of Art has a traditional sandy stone exterior, with perfect examples of Spanish Colonial features. Step inside and you'll find contemporary galleries with plenty of space for Mexican, Native American, and European artworks, as well as exhibits from local artists. If you want to learn more about art, there are lectures and events at the attached St. Francis Auditorium, which looks like a church with its saintly murals and wooden pews, and there's often live classical and world music to be enjoyed in this unique venue. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is a classic example of Spanish style churches, and boasts grand arches, delicate mosaics, and stained glass windows that give it a traditional look. New Mexico is a laid back and unpretentious place to enjoy winter sports, and the Pajarito Ski Mountain offers affordable skiing adventures without the crowds. There are 40 trails, from beginner to expert levels, and Nordic skiing tracks where you can take in the spectacular mountain scenery as you glide along.

Hotels in Santa Fe

Santa Fe has an excellent selection of accommodation, including hotels with mountain views, and secluded ranches where you can be pampered and enjoy this peaceful spot. Many Santa Fe hotels have full service spas, health clubs, and outdoor pools, where you can enjoy the ultimate relaxing vacation, and there are also essentials such as free WiFi, free parking, and continental breakfasts. You'll often find rooms that have balconies and terraces so you can enjoy the view, and those who are here to enjoy the outdoors will enjoy ski storage facilities, with fireplaces and turndown services when you get back.

Where to stay

Santa Fe Plaza is at the heart of downtown, and this historic square has a park with a stage where live music is performed. When it's time for a fiesta, this is often the busiest place in town, making for a great meeting place to mingle. Just off the plaza you'll find many small, arty shops selling locally made goods such as pottery, paintings, and dreamcatchers, all with a distinctly New Mexico style. Downtown is a lively and stylish area, with a laid back, bohemian vibe thanks to the large number of artists who live here. You'll find a large number of restaurants, especially those serving Mexican and European inspired cuisine, and many boutiques with unique clothes and home items made by hand.

How to get to Santa Fe

Santa Fe Municipal Airport has connections to Dallas, Los Angeles, and Denver, and this small airport is just 20 minutes southwest of the city. There are rental cars and taxis to get you downtown quickly, as well as private shuttles which can be booked in advance. Many travelers choose to arrive via the larger Albuquerque International Sunport, which has flights arriving from across the USA, and from here you can take the local bus to downtown Albuquerque's train station, then take the New Mexico Rail Runner to Santa Fe, with the journey taking just over 2 hours.

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