(Courtesy of Santa Fe Opera)

A Modern Guide to Santa Fe: An Arts Town Fueled by Tequila, Chiles & Native Culture

Santa Fe had us at "Margarita Trail," but The City Different doesn't just run on tequila.

It brings the heat with its chile-infused Southwestern cooking, boasts one the most vibrant art scenes in the country, and remains deeply connected to its Native American roots. Not to mention it is damn photogenic.

Arts + Culture

What was once a beer warehouse has been renovated and expanded by Shop Architects to house the contemporary art space Site.

(Courtesy of Site Santa Fe)

If Santa Fe were to be defined as one thing, it would be an arts town. With more than 250 galleries and 17 major museums, you could spend days diving into the art scene alone. Many of the galleries open their doors for art walks on certain Friday evenings of the month, so check their websites before you go.

There's no art exhibit quite like Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return (1352 Rufina Circle), a family-friendly, yet David Lynch-esque immersive experience. With 72 different rooms to discover, you'll find yourself climbing and crawling through tight spaces—and time—as you collect clues and attempt to save a young boy. It's basically a trippy, over-complicated escape room (with lots of neon) that you will never solve, but in the end, there's a bar! // Head to the tranquil and iconic Canyon Road (Paseo de Peralta to Palace Ave.), a half-mile stretch of pavement lined with 100 galleries, studios, shops, and sculpture gardens, toting everything from paintings and pottery to jewelry and antiques. Lyman Whitaker's wind sculptures are fantastically hypnotizing. // Once a key railroad interchange at the turn of the 19th century, the new and buzzing Railyard District (between Montezuma Av. and Cerrillos Rd.) is now a contemporary arts hub. It's home to the futuristic-looking Site, an innovative, visual arts museum; weekly farmers' and artists markets; and a collection of galleries, shops, and theaters including the Jean Cocteau Cinema. // If you're short on time and going to pick just one museum, make it the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (217 Johnson St.), host to the largest collection of her work (3,000 pieces). You'll gain insight into O'Keeffe's creative process and embark on her lifelong journey from flowers to skyscrapers to the New Mexican landscape that she called home for many years.

Next Page