Things to Do in Santa Fe
The oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe is full of historical sights, Southwestern cuisine, and art galleries. The city’s dry, warm weather makes it an ideal summer vacation spot with plenty of family activities and outdoor adventures. To help you plan your Santa Fe vacation, The Parking Spot has come up with suggestions for the top things to do in Santa Fe during the summer months. From golfing on pristine courses to browsing galleries for Native American art, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy in the Land of Enchantment. Outdoor Activities Biking Ranked as one of the nation’s “Top Mountain Bike Towns” by USA Today in 2013, Santa Fe has an abundance of bike paths that cyclists of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Take a ride along Dale Ball Trails’ 22-mile network of paths through the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. For a more relaxed experience, join Santa Fe’s three-day “Bike & Brew” event held annually in May, which celebrates biking and craft beer. Golfing With almost a dozen golf courses throughout the surrounding area, Santa Fe is a hidden gem for golf enthusiasts. The championship 18-hole Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe course offers panoramic views of neighboring mountain ranges. Art and Culture Canyon Road Santa Fe is a renowned art hub, and Canyon Road is the city’s artistic epicenter. Stroll down the gallery-lined street and admire the bounty of art, which ranges from handwoven Navajo rugs to intricate wooden sculptures. Admire the street’s historic adobe architecture while relaxing on a bench or outdoor patio. Markets Outdoor markets are a must-see while vacationing in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Farmers Market—one of the most widely recognized markets in the US—hosts nearly 150 vendors on weekends throughout the year. Taste locally-grown produce, smell sweet nursery plants, and admire handmade crafts. If you happen to be in town in August, make sure to check out the Santa Fe Indian Market, which features more than 1,000 Native American artists. History Native American Pueblos New Mexico has nearly 20 historic pueblos located around the state, eight of which are situated just north of Santa Fe. Each pueblo hosts annual events, such as the Arts and Crafts show at the end of July in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Palace of the Governors Constructed in 1610, Palace of the Governors was originally built as Spain’s seat of government in the American Southwest. Today, the museum highlights 400 years of history in the Land of Enchantment. Palace of the Governors is open seven days a week May through October. Explore these attractions and more during your Santa Fe vacation. What’s top on your list of things to do in Santa Fe?