Santa Fe, New Mexico


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

168 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
80 Votes - "Best For Food"
5 Votes - "Most Fun"
3 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"


Claiming to be the most exotic city in North America, Santa Fe is cultured and diverse. Spanish and Native American influences make for fascinating food, art and entertainment with a rich heritage evident all over town. While the food stands out, Santa Fe has so much more in store.

Santa Fe’s food focuses on the local staple—chile—and visitors should prepare to answer red or green? You can’t miss the New Mexican, Southwestern offerings, but the town has every other cuisine imaginable. Our team was thrilled with The Pantry, Maria’s, Marble Brewery, Rooftop Pizzeria and Coyote Café on their visit.

With the third largest art market in the U.S., Santa Fe boasts hundreds of art galleries, a variety of museums, opera and trademark architecture. View Pueblo and Greek-revival styles in protected historic districts, browse a gallery or attend one of several annual art markets, and take in the performing arts whether theater, dance or music. The town offers a dozen museums, four concentrated on Museum Hill near shopping and dining as well.

Outdoor recreation is a must in a destination that promises 300 sunny days each year. Hike, bike or swim in the summer and ski or ice skate in the winter. Families can choose between horseback riding, rafting, fishing or even riding a hot air balloon over the beautiful view in the valley below the Rocky Mountains. There’s even more to see and do discussed in Santa Fe’s reviews.

It offers a great mix of a variety of cultures. It has a long, colorful and wonderful history. Excellent food of all types. Awesome natural beauty. The best weather in the county. A change of seasons but all are mild.
Reviewed by casaescondida
on September 17, 2012
wonderful dining options!
Reviewed by dlw0208
on September 17, 2012
Santa Fe is a great "foodie" town with many restaurants, both fine dining and casual. We even have great food carts for fast food. There are also several great food events throughout the year.
Reviewed by waltwyss
on September 17, 2012
I have lived in many cities throughout the United States and Santa Fe is my absolute favorite, hence my desire to be here for 24 years now. It has the benefits of being a relatively small town - ease of getting around, clean air along with all the benefits of a large city - world-class opera, symphony, dance, cultural offerings. There is a tremendous amount of history and diversity, a strong intellectual base, and tremendous scenic beauty. Hard to classify, but I would have to vote for Most Beautiful in terms of quality of life as well as scenic beauty. I have raised three children here and plan to live here the rest of my life. It offers something for everyone.
Reviewed by carolyninnkeeper
on September 17, 2012
I always wanted to live some place that was beautiful and somewhere that the smelled good. After living in many different parts of the US and the world, I finally found it here in Santa Fe. Add to that all the great people, awesome restaurants and amazing cultural options and Santa Fe moves to the top of every list.
Reviewed by Innlovewithsantafe
on September 17, 2012
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