Santa Fe moves at a different speed from cities like Los Angeles and New York City or some of the more industry-driven towns like Dallas and Phoenix. It’s not the city that never sleeps, it’s the city that you can enjoy at your own pace. Especially for new residents and those looking for homes in Santa Fe, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be overwhelming at times. Taking a guided tour is one of the best ways to make Santa Fe a little easier to get to know—and a great way to discover your favorite hangouts, views, and vicinities. Here’s a collection of tours that suit every season of the year. As you look for Santa Fe real estate, why not take one of these tours this fall?
Historic Walks of Santa Fe is a great place to start if you want to get to know the history of your new city and explore places like the world-famous Canyon Road. These tours are designed for large groups, so the more people you can get together before booking a walk, the better an experience you’re likely to have.
Santa Fe is a writer’s town. Home to legends like Georgia O’Keefe and contemporary writers like Cormac McCarthy, The City Different hosted a notable community of 20th-century writers including Witter Bynner, D.H. Lawrence, and Mary Austin. The self-guided Literary Landmarks tour takes you to spots like the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library in the Palace of the Governors where writers would meet, and the spots that the writers called home, like the Inn of the Turquoise Bear and La Fonda on the Plaza.
The heart and soul of a city is in its food. When we think of the Southwest we think of green chile and pinon coffee and white wines. If you’re new to Santa Fe cuisine, we’d recommend Food Tour New Mexico as a crash course in local delicacies. If you want to make the most of the local ingredients, the Santa Fe School of Cooking tour is what you’re after. The self-guided Coffee Lover’s Tour will introduce you not only to some of the best brews in the state, but some of your favorite hangouts and some new friends, too.
This is just scratching the surface. Heritage Inspirations is one of several exceptional tour companies in Santa Fe. Santa Fe Jeep Tours is a great opportunity to take in the local scenery, the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure is awesome for families, and Santa Fe Detours will take you on a trip back in time to the AmericanWest. Whether guided or on your own, tours in Santa Fe are simply one of the best ways to get to know the city.