As obscure as New Mexico can seem to people outside the Land of Enchantment, its capital city, Santa Fe, has deservedly garnered quite a few accolades over the years. From the cleanest air to the best breakfast in the country, here’s what the rest of America is loving about Santa Fe:
- Conde Nast Travel readers voted Santa Fe as the best small city to visit in America.
- Travel + Leisure says Santa Fe is the number one cultural getaway.
- The Huffington Post ranked Santa Fe as the third coziest city in the U.S. The Huff Post article does not expand on why Santa Fe tops the list, but it’s pretty obvious, in my opinion. The City Different, which is surrounded by mountains, has an abundance of charming adobe buildings, inside of which friendly coffee shops and intimate restaurants nestle.
- According to the American Lung Association, Santa Fe has the second cleanest air among America’s cities.
- In 2014, Travel + Leisure ranked Santa Fe one of the romantic cities worldwide. The mag asked its readers which city most sparked their softer side and Santa Fe was among the 20 cities cited, alongside Cupid’s major haunts like Paris, Venice and Rome.
- TripAdvisor said Santa Fe was a top ten city for pet-friendly destinations. We sure do love our pups here. Just about every restaurant with a patio has a water bowl for dogs, and every year the city hosts its annual Pet Parade.
- Santa Fe was ranked the #2 city for art vibrancy by the National Center for Arts Research.
- The Food Network said Tia Sophia’s breakfast burrito is one of the best breakfasts in the country. We don’t mess around with our breakfast burritos—that’s for sure.
Any other Santa Fe superlatives you can think of? What do you love most about Santa Fe? Tell me in the comments section below.