Steps from the historic Plaza, amidst Native American & Spanish culture, the Eldorado is a stroll to inspired galleries & museums and memorable drives to dazzling skiing, archaeological digs, ancient cliff-dwellings, and national research labs.
No wonder that the National Trust for Historic Preservation counts Santa Fe one of "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations." Or why "Travel & Leisure" calls the town "The U.S.' #1 Cultural Getaway." "10Best.com" voted it "#1 City for Culturephiles." "USA Today" named it both "Best Destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts" and "Best Destination for Shopaholics."
What diverse awards! "Top romantic destination." "10 Best U.S. Destinations for Introverts"! "Most underrated ski resort." "Coziest city in U.S." "Best burritos." The American Lung Association determined that Santa Fe has "the cleanest air in the country."
Santa Fe's sun-drenched, 400-year-old Plaza and ancient pueblos, at 7,000 feet elevation, sit just below the Sangre de Cristo Mountains alongside the Rio Grande. America's oldest state capital is a unique, colorful amalgam of Spanish and indigenous cultures, memorable markets, galleries and museums, sumptuous Southwestern flavors, adobe brown streetscapes, rigorous adventures, eclectic music, and indulgent treats.
With its dedication to cultural conservation, there is so much to explore here: The Cathedral Basilica, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and Palace of the Governors are unforgettable. The artistic milieu, manifest in 300 galleries and museums, spans ancient traditional arts to the most contemporary, making Santa Fe one of the country's largest and most trend-setting art markets.
Unscheduled Renaissance afternoons permit outdoor adventure: Hot-air ballooning, River Grande river floats with Native American interpretive guides, artist home studio visits, and Canyon Road gallery-&-gardens strolls. The City's 50 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails meander through distinctive pueblo- and Territorial-style architecture and thousands of acres of pinon and juniper woodlands.
Trace the footsteps of Spanish settlers, fur trappers and American pioneers on road trips to Taos and Abiquiu. Bandelier National Monument is internationally known for its mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and ancestral pueblo cliff-dwellings. Experience the living legacy of Los Alamos National Laboratory, where Manhattan Project scientists secretly created the first atomic bomb.
Nearby, skiers charge down steep slopes or take leisurely runs. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers explore vast nature preserves' pristine trails.
The Eldorado Hotel & Spa captures the city's spirit. Newly renovated and one of Preferred Hotels' luxury collection, the Weekend's principal meeting-place is steps from Santa Fe's historic Plaza.