Awards & Accolades


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.


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

Conde Nast Reader’s Choice 2017: #4 Best Small City in the United States

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

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

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.

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 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 #4 .

American Institute For Economic Research: Top College Cities & Towns In America – Santa Fe #6

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 CulturephilesBest Destination For Outdoor EnthusiastsBest 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

Travel + Leisure Reader’s Choice names Santa Fe as one of the World’s 30 Friendliest Cities

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.

FindTheHome and FindTheCompany analyzed Dun & Bradstreet data to determine the 27 Cities To Visit If You Really Love Ice Cream, Santa Fe placed 24th. Santa Fe was also named as one of The 50 Most Zen Cities in America and one of America’s Fittest Cities.

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 named Santa Fe one of the Best Vacation Spots in the U.S. 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 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 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

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 awards Santa Fe as being a Top 3 City to Travel to with Your Dog.

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. 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 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