The Perfect 2-Day Santa Fe Weekend Itinerary

The Perfect 2-Day Santa Fe Weekend Itinerary

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Yup, it rhymes!

Santa Fe, New Mexico is only a 5 hour drive from Denver (who knew?) so I convinced my boyfriend to make the drive with me last weekend. The highway road was a super chill and I’m happy to report there was no traffic whatsoever.

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I asked a few pals who had great experiences in Santa Fe for recos and then I put together a fab 2-day plan. It was a success- we loved our weekend getaway to Santa Fe so I thought I’d share our itinerary!

In a nutshell, Santa Fe is a total art mecca with a unique Mexican and Native American influence on culture and cuisine. The town isn’t that large geographically so it’s easy to do a lot in a short amount of time. And now for that perfect 2 day trip!

Day 1

Wake up early for breakfast at Cafe Pasqual’s in Old Town Santa Fe. There will probably be a 10-15 min wait, but it’s definitely worth it. The food is fresh and delish, while the atmosphere is homey and quirky. What more could you ask for?!

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Walk off breakfast by doing a walking tour of Old Town Santa Fe (AKA Downtown) to check out some historic sites and iconic shopping.

  • Center yourself in Santa Fe Plaza.
  • Check out Palace of the Governors (and all the locals selling handmade jewelry!).

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  • If you’re looking for a Western splurge- check out Lucchese for some schmick cowboy wear across the Plaza.
  • Walk a block up to St. Francis Cathedral and then to your right check out La Fonda hotel. (Stop in the gorgeous restaurant for a coffee?!)
  • If you keep walking you’ll find Loretta Chapel.
  • If you’re not too tired, walk to the other side of town to peek inside and oogle at the famous Seret & Sons furniture shop.


Now that your feet are tired and you deserve a rest, stop for some awesome tacos at El Callejon for Lunch and rest your legs. (Near Seret & Sons!)

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Hop in the car and drive about 7 miles to the famous Canyon Road– a strip of over 100 art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants on a historic half mile road.

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Definitely walk the entire half mile road, it won’t take you long. And grab a fancy cup of tea at The Teahouse along the way.

Hop back in the car and head to Meow Wolf– a unique interactive art installation housed at an abandoned bowling alley. It’s $21 to enter, but well worth it. Plan to spend at least 2 hours being fascinated with this maze. I promise it will be one of the weirdest things you ever do.

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Head to dinner at Bull Ring Steakhouse for some of western charm. Don’t be scared to sit in the bar area and mesh with the locals.

Day 2

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Check out of your hotel and drive 40 miles southwest to Tent Rocks National Monument. The drive is easy, and the 3-4 ish mile hike is well worth it! You’ll walk through gorgeous tall rock canyons and witness the unique tent volcanic rocks and end with a 360 degree view. (By the way it’s only $5 per car to enter the park.)

If you’re not too tried, stop to witness the stunning Santa Fe Opera House on your way home.

Places to Stay

La Fonda

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Inn of the Ansazi

La Posada

Hotel St. Francis

PS: Santa Fe is the highest state capital in the US, sitting at 7,000 feet above sea level. Getting used to the altitude can be tricky, so remember it’s probably a good idea to stay hydrated!

Feel free to comment with any specific questions below and I’ll happily answer them!

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