Discover Santa Fe's Best Attractions & Things to Do

History & Modernity Meet in America's Oldest Capital City

Experience the vibrant culture of New Mexico at La Posada de Santa Fe, an artful resort near the Historic Plaza, offering easy access to legendary activities and attractions. Our full-service Santa Fe resort is located on six historically rich acres in the lively downtown area, where the residents of ancient pueblos grew crops two centuries before Columbus set sail. The area has become one of the most aesthetically pleasing southwest destinations, incorporating its rich culture and traditions. The best of the historic city, from Santa Fe's most popular museums to its thriving art galleries to its bustling shopping districts, can be found just outside your door at our Historic Plaza resort. Explore our favorite attractions below.

Canyon Road

What began as a residential neighborhood has become a prominent Santa Fe art gallery district, with over a hundred art galleries and studios exhibiting Native American art and antiquities, traditional and modern Hispanic art, regional contemporary art, international folk art and international contemporary art.

Historic Plaza

The Historic Plaza is a designated National Historic Landmark in Downtown Santa Fe that is home to various shops, live music venues, art galleries and restaurants. It is also home to annual events including Fiestas de Santa Fe, the Spanish Market, the Santa Fe Bandstand, and the Santa Fe Indian Market. Marvel in the charming adobe architecture of its buildings and reflect on history at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, and the Loretto Chapel. Also be sure to see the American Indian War Memorial monument, located within minutes of our historic hotel near the Plaza.

New Mexico History Museum & Palace of the Governors

105 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 476-5100

The Palace of the Governors was built in the 17th century as Spain's seat of government and now serves as the state's history museum, designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999. Explore collections that reflect the Spanish colonial (1540-1821), Mexican (1821-1846), U.S. Territorial (1846-1912) and statehood (1912-present) periods of New Mexico’s rich history.

St. Francis Cathedral Basilica

131 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 982-5619

Opened 1886, St. Francis Cathedral Basilica was built in the Romanesque Revival style by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy. It was built on the site of an older adobe church, La Parroquia (built in 1714–1717). Notable features include Corinthian columns and truncated square towers, as well as a large rose window in front and those of the Twelve Apostles in the lateral nave, which were imported from Clermont-Ferrand in France.

Loretto Chapel

207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 982-0092

Loretto Chapel was opened in 1878 and features an unusual helix shaped spiral staircase, dubbed the “Miraculous Stair.” It is a former Roman Catholic church that is now used as a museum and wedding chapel. Many visitors note an obvious resemblance to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris with its French spires, buttresses, and stained glass windows in the Gothic Revival style. Legend has it that a mysterious and shabby stranger built the staircase with primitive tools for the Sisters of Loretto when their previous architect died, leaving the chapel half-built. Because the carpenter was never named, some believe it was St. Joseph, himself.

New Mexico Museum of Art

107 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 476-5072

The oldest art museum in the state of New Mexico, the Museum of Art is one of four state-run museums in Santa Fe. It houses works by Southwestern artists ranging from the members of the historic Taos and Santa Fe art colonies of the past hundred years to cutting-edge contemporary art from around the region and internationally. The museum’s 20,000 works of art include extensive collections of the Cinco Pintores, the largest collection of Gustave Baumann, the Lucy Lippard Collection, and an important collection of Georgia O'Keeffe paintings.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 946-1000

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum opened to the public in July 1997, 11 years after the artist’s death. It welcomes 2,225,000 visitors from all over the world and is the most visited art museum in the state of New Mexico as well as the only museum in the world dedicated to an internationally known American woman artist. Considered one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.”

Museum of International Folk Art

706 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-1200

One of several cultural institutions operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum of International Folk Art was founded by Florence Dibell Bartlett and opened to the public in 1953, gaining national and international recognition as the home to the world’s largest collection of international folk art. The collection houses more than 135,000 artifacts in four distinct wings: Bartlett, Girard, Hispanic Heritage, and Neutrogena.

Santa Fe Opera

301 Opera Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87506
(505) 986-5900

The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world's leading cultural festivals and top Santa Fe things to do. It has run every July and August since 1957, a dramatic adobe theater that blends harmoniously with the high desert landscape. More than 1,600 performances of nearly 140 different operas have been given at the Santa Fe Opera, including nine world premieres and 40 American premieres, among them Lulu, The Cunning Little Vixen, Capriccio, and Daphne.

The Ancient Pueblo People and Archaeological Sites

Our Historic Plaza resort is within an hour's drive of Bandelier National Monument, where magnificent ancient cliff dwellings full of kivas and petroglyphs remain. In addition, guests may visit the nearby Santuario de Chimayo, which is said to contain healing powers in its soil. On the Turquoise Trail, south of Santa Fe, guests can travel through the turn-of-the-century mining towns of Madrid, Cerrillos, and Golden – important sources of turquoise for ancient Indian jewelry.