The city of Santa Fe shows up in polls and surveys and rankings of all kinds every year. We are always gratified and, at the risk of tooting our own horn too loudly, have rounded up some of these accolades from the last year.
The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a nonprofit arts service organization named Santa Fe #1 on its list of the 30 Most Creative Small Cities in America.
The City of Santa Fe was recognized as the number three city on the “Top 15 Cities in the United States” list in the 2020 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
Santa Fe was featured by AFAR as the #3 Best Small City in the United States for 2020 based on rankings determined by Resonance, a consultancy group in real estate, tourism, and economic development.
Livability included Santa Fe on the list of “8 up and coming small cities close to major metros.”
Santa Fe ranked as the #3 small city on the Moviemaker Magazine 2020 list of the “Best Places to live and work as a movie maker”
Readers of Sunset Magazine selected Santa Fe as the West’s “Best Art Town” in the 2019 Reader’s Choice travel awards.
Apartment Therapy awarded Santa Fe the “Best Local Spring Break Spot in Every State Across the U.S.”
CBS Local named Santa Fe as one of “The Best Romantic Destinations in America” for Valentine’s Day 2019
ChamberOfCommerce.org ranks Santa Fe #43 in their Top 100 US Cities to Retire in 2019 list
CubeSmart Self Storage has named Santa Fe as one of the greenest cities in America
Santa Fe was noted as an honoree in the Departures’ 2019 Legend Awards under the category of “Best Cities to Visit This Year.”
Oyster chose Santa Fe as one of “The best spring break destinations for families.”
Travel & Leisure awarded Santa Fe one of the “Best Places to Travel in June”
Money Magazine listed Santa Fe in their Best Places to Live in America.
Review.com selected Santa Fe as one of the Best places to visit with your dog in 2019
Travel + Leisure named Santa Fe the “14 Best City in the World” in the 2019 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
The City of Santa Fe has been recognized as the number two city on the “Top 15 Cities in the United States” list in the 2019 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
TripSavvy named Santa Fe one of “The Best LGBT Friendly Destinations of 2019”
MarketWatch selected Santa Fe one of the “The best little cities to live if you love the outdoors”
Insurify selected Santa Fe as the city with the “Best Up & Coming Housing Market” in New Mexico in their 2019 Awards.
AFAR named Santa Fe one of the “10 Best Places to Travel in July“
24/7 Wall Street awarded the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum as New Mexico’s museum of choice for “The best museum in every state.”
United Van Lines recognized New Mexico as the new Top Retirement Destination. Among those who moved to New Mexico, 42% said they did so because of retirement.
Santa Fe was chosen as the New Mexico location in the Matador Network article identifying “The Best Spring Break Destination in Every State.”
Santa Fe was included as one of the 5 Best U.S. Vacation Destinations for Couples to Explore in 2019
Ski Santa Fe was chosen as one of The 23 Best Ski Resorts in America by PureWow
Pennygeeks ranked Santa Fe #3 on the 2019 list of the Top Cities for Women Entrepreneurs in the US
MovieMaker Magazine listed Santa Fe as #3 in the list of Small Cities in 2019 Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker
Livability named Santa Fe in the 10 Best Affordable Honeymoon Spots in the US for 2019
Samantha Brown recently featured Santa Fe as one of her Places to Love
Livability selected Santa Fe as one of the 10 Best Places to Move to Get a Fresh Start in 2019
Santa Fe listed as one of the 14 best places to travel in the US in 2019 by Forbes
HomeToGo ranked Santa Fe as one of the top destinations for millennial travelers in 2019
Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ choice awards names Santa Fe the #2 Best Small City in the U.S.
TravelPulse chose Santa Fe as one of America’s 30 Best Citiies for Stunning Art, Architecture.
Open Table named Geronimo as one of “The 100 Resturaunts in America With the Best Wine Lists.”
Santa Fe ranked #1 on the list of the “Top 10 Most Arts Vibrant Medium Communities” in the 2018 Southern Methodist University (SMU) National Center for Arts Research (NCRA) Arts Vibrancy Index.
Outside Magazine names Santa Fe as one of their America’s Smartest Towns for “The Dream Town Blueprint”
The Travel + Leisure 2018 World’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards names Santa Fe #4 of the top 15 Cities in the U.S.
TripAdvisor chose Santa Fe as one of the 15 Best Solo Vacations in America
Santa Fe was named one of the Top 5 Destinations Design and Music Lovers Should Visit in July by Architectural Digest
Readers Digest honored Santa Fe on a list of the The Best Weekend Getaways in Every State
The Santa Fe Margarita Trail made the list of The 10 Best Food and Drink Trails to Explore in America by popsugar
The Travel + Leisure 2018 World’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards names Santa Fe #4 of the top 15 Cities in the U.S.
CBS Local named Santa Fe as having the Best Art Museums In The Southwest
Santa Fe named the #3 Best Small City in America to Live by Apartment Therapy
Insurify recognizes Santa Fe as the Greenest City in New Mexico in their Greenest City Awards
The Daily Meal ranks Santa Fe Bite as the #8 Best Burger in America
Santa Fe was named one of the Top 20 Cities for LGBT-Friendly Retirement in 2018 by Senior Advice
Expedia names Santa Fe one of the Most Delicious Destinations in the US
Santa Fe is highlighted on Expedia list of America’s Most Artistic Towns
US News & World Report ranks Inn of the Five Graces as the best hotel in New Mexico as part of the Best Hotels in Every State
Santa Fe is one of only two cities recognized worldwide in “Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience” category in the 2018 Foodtrekking Awards by the World Food Travel Association
Santa Fe makes TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 30 USA Cities to Visit in 2018
Products.com names Santa Fe one of The 50 Best Places to Visit in the USA
Conde Nast Traveler names Santa Fe one of the 9 US Cities that are Even Better in Winter
MSN names Santa Fe the Hippest City in New Mexico as part of their roundup of The Hippest City in Every State
Movie Maker Magazine names Santa Fe #3 Best Small City to Live & Work as a Filmmaker
Santa Fe #5 of 15 in Conde Nast Traveler’s list of The World’s Best Cities for Art and Culture
TripAdvisor lists Santa Fe as one of America’s 15 Most Romantic Cities for Winter Travel
Santa Fe places 2nd in 10Best Readers’ Choice for Best Place to Ring in the New Year
Canyon Road recognized as a Main Street Across America
Santa Fe Wins Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Destination of the Year 2017
Travel + Leisure 10/31/17—America’s Favorite Places 2017 Survey Results
- America’s Favorite Cities – Santa Fe ranked #4
- America’s Best Cities for Food – Santa Fe ranked #5
- America’s Friendliest Cities – Santa Fe ranked #16
Conde Nast Reader’s Choice 2017: #4 Best Small City in the United States
Santa Fe was named the #1 foodie destination in the Mountain West region in RewardExpert’s ranking of 2017’s Best American Foodie Towns
TripAdvisor includes Santa Fe in their list of Affordable Summer City Trips Out West
Santa Fe named one of The Best Cities in the World for Female Travelers, No Matter Your Age by MyDomaine.com
Expedia Viewfinder Blog names Santa Fe one of the Top Vacation Home Destinations in 2017
National Geographic names Santa Fe one of America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns
Outside Magazine names Santa Fe as one of their Best Towns Ever-Where to Live Now for Best Combination of Mountains & Margaritas
Santa Fe listed as one of the 50 Best Smaller College Towns with the Best Music Scenes by GoodDeedSeats.com
National Center for Arts Research ranked Santa Fe #2 on their list of top 10 most arts vibrant medium communities as part of the Arts Vibrancy Index
TripAdvisor names Santa Fe a Top Affordable City for an Epic Group Getaway
National Geographic names Santa Fe Winner in World Legacy Awards – #1 in Sense of Place Category
Expedia Viewfinder – 14 of the Most Romantic US Getaways
Movie Maker Magazine-Santa Fe #2 Best Small City to Live & Work as a Filmmaker
The Revver – Best Motorcycle Locations in the United States
Santa Fe ranked 5th in the World in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
Conde Nast Traveler names Santa Fe one of the Friendliest Cities in the U.S.
U.S. Census Bureau rated Santa Fe #15 in the country and #1 in New Mexico for startups
National Endowment For The Arts named Santa Fe one of the top cities in concentration of artists per capita.
TripAdvisor’s HolidayLettings names Santa Fe Spirits one of the Top Distilleries to Tour in the U.S.
Albuquerque Journal’s Reader’s Choice Awards name Santa Fe Top Day Trip Destination
LivAbility: The 10 Best Places for Wine – Santa Fe #2
Travel + Leisure: Best Cities in the U.S. – Santa Fe #4
America Unraveled: Foraging at America’s Farmers’ Markets–Our Top 5 – Santa Fe Farmers’ Market #1
Conde Nast Traveler: The 12 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. – Santa Fe #2
USA Today 10 Best: Best College Small Town – Santa Fe #8
AARP: Top 10 Cities for Art Lovers – Santa Fe #1
Conde Nast Traveler: Best Cities for Vegetarians – Santa Fe #8
MovieMaker: Best Places To Live And Work As A Filmmaker – Santa Fe #4
Open Table: Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in America – Santa Fe #5
Gear Patrol: The Adventure List-25 Best Places To Travel In 2016
Tripping.com: Best Farmers Markets In The U.S.A.
Gogobot: The 10 Hippest Mid-Sized Cities In America
Infogroup: Top Ten Foodie Cities In America
Money Magazine: Best Domestic Destination – Santa Fe #7
Thrillist: The Most Beautiful Historic Neighborhoods In The Country
Conde Nast Traveler: Reader’s Choice Best Shopping Cities In The World
U.S. News & World Report: Top 7 Destinations For A Digital Detox in 2016
Travel + Leisure: Where To Splurge And Budget In The New Year In U.S., Central America And Mexico
22 CBS Local affiliates around the country: Best Backpacking Trails in the Continental US
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards: “Best Ski Resort in the U.S. and Canada” – Ski Santa Fe #13 .
Travel + Leisure: America’s Best Cities For Winter Travel – Santa Fe #11
Santa Fe, New Mexico has been named as one of the most Architecturally Impressive Small Towns in America in our recent ranking. Santa Fe #10
Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice 2015: Santa Fe #2 Best Small City In The United States.
Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2015 scores Santa Fe #6 Best City Overall Among Worlds’ Cities.
Santa Fe has been named as one of the 22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations by Vacation Idea.
American Planning Association names Santa Fe Railyard as one of the Great Places In America in the 2015 Great Public Spaces category
Santa Fe has achieved a sweep in three, month-long national USA Today Best Destination polls: Best Destination For Culturephiles; Best Destination For Outdoor Enthusiasts; Best Destination For Shopaholics
USA Today 10Best named the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail as the #1 Best Food Trail
USA Today 10Best selected the Santa Fe Farmers Market as the #6 Best Farmers Market
Condé Nast Traveler names Santa Fe as the #6 Friendliest City In The U.S.
Santa Fe named one of Money’s Best Places to Retire by Money Magazine.
Condé Nast Readers name Santa Fe #2 Best Small City in the Country.
USA Today’s 10Best selected Santa Fe as one of the “Best U.S. Destinations for Introverts”.
Santa Fe Opera’s Crosby Theater voted in to the 10 Best Outdoor Music Venues by USA Today’s 10Best Readers Poll
Santa Fe named the #1 World’s Best Places to Photograph: 2015 Readers Poll by Popular Photography Magazine.
Santa Fe named as one of the Top 7 Destinations for Singles by Bustle.com.
ListsForAll.com named Santa Fe one of the Best Vacation Spots in the U.S.
10Best.com awards Santa Fe International Folk Art Market #1 Best Art Festival in the country and ART Santa Fe #4 best.
Santa Fe Voted America’s 7th Best Food City by Conde Nast 2014 Readers.
National Geographic names Santa Fe to top ten list of best high altitude cities in the world.
Santa Fe ranks #1 city for women-owned businesses.
USA Today’s 10Best.com readers vote Santa Fe Railyard Arts District #6 in the Country.
Santa Fe named a top wedding destination by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine.
TripAdvisor rates Santa Fe vacation rentals among top twenty in the United States.
Santa Fe Institute Ranks Among the World’s Top Science & Technology ‘think tanks’.
Santa Fe ranked #2 City for Art Vibrancy by the National Center for Arts Research.
Trivago names Santa Fe #9 city for best hotels.
Palace of Governors declared a National Treasure.
Ski Santa Fe makes Condé Nast Traveler list of most underrated ski resorts.
Chicago’s makeitbetter.net rates Santa Fe as a Top Romantic Destination.
Santa Fe Makes top 3 city on MovieMaker list.
Santa Fe voted #6 best travel-worthy state capital by 10Best.com
The Dallas Morning News highlights Santa Fe in their list of best places to visit with your family in the winter.
Santa Fe makes news in the New York Times. Watch 36 Hours in Santa Fe
The Santa Fe River and Santa Fe River Park ranked one of Top Ten Great American River Walks.
Conde Nast readers vote for Santa Fe as the best small city to visit in America.
International Mountain Biking Association gives Santa Fe biking trails Silver award.
Santa Fe ranked most coziest city in the U.S.
USA Today Travel and 10Best Voted Santa Fe as the Best U.S. City for Shopping
The American Lung Association rates Santa Fe is the Second City in the Country with the Cleanest Air
TripAdvisor ranks Santa Fe as a top ten city for Pet-Friendly Destinations
SingleTracks ranks The City Different chosen as a Top 10 North American Mountain Bike Association
Santa Fe ranked a Top Trek for families in 2014 by Trekaroo
Kiplinger’s rates Santa Fe as the #4 best place to live in the country
USA Today names Santa Fe as one of the top mountain biking towns in the U.S.
MensFitness.com rates Santa Fe as one of eight best running cities in the U.S.
We know our Farmers’ Market is the best so does Sherman’s Travels. They rank us as one of nine top farmers markets in the country
With new brews popping up all over town, it’s no wonder Travel + Leisure rates Santa Fe as one of America’s best beer towns
The Today Show calls out Santa Fe as one of top five places for empty nesters to travel
A USA Today Travel reader’s poll rates Santa Fe’s Canyon Road as second most iconic street in America
Successful Meetings named the city One of the Top US Art Cities, ranking it second in a stellar list of metro areas, all at least ten times the size of Santa Fe
AARP Magazine included Santa Fe as One of Ten Best Sunny Places to Retire noting the visual and performing arts, great restaurants, many museums and extensive outdoor recreation possible
Santa Fe was named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top Winter Wine Wonderlands underscoring the city’s outstanding culinary scene
MotherNature.net included the extensive network of multi-use trails on the edge of Santa Fe known as the Dale Ball Trails in its roundup, 7 of the Best Running Trails in America