6 Places You Need to See in the Santa Fe Historic District

A trip to the City Different transports you to a world filled with gorgeous Revival architecture, Southwestern culture, and stunning scenery. Start your journey in the Santa Fe Historic District. This beautiful square in the center of town is a favorite among visitors and is a must-see for anyone wanting the ultimate experience.

If you want to discover more things to do and places to see in our city, request access to our complimentary Santa Fe Vacation Guide!

Get the Vacation Guide

Must-See Attractions in the Santa Fe Historic District

Santa Fe Plaza

Santa Fe Plaza is the heart and soul of the City Different. This beautiful square is also the centerpiece of the Santa Fe Historic District. Festivals, local markets, concerts, community gatherings, and other exciting events provide a vibrant heartbeat that radiates throughout town. Whether you want to explore a world-class museum, indulge in a local culinary classic, or shop for an authentic souvenir, the Plaza is the best place to start your day. Plus, it’s only a 15-minute walk from Four Kachinas Inn!

Palace of the Governors

The Palace of the Governors is one of the most iconic buildings in all of the City Different. This beautiful display of Pueblo Revival architecture at its finest is the other significant piece of the Santa Fe Historic District. The building dates back to 1610 and served as the central seat of the New Mexico government. Today it houses the New Mexico History Museum.

Other Highlights Around the Santa Fe Historic District

Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel isn’t technically a part of the Santa Fe Historic District, but it sits less than a half-mile southeast of the Plaza. This beautiful 19th-century chapel is famous for the elegant helix staircase built without any supports by a mysterious man whose identity remains a mystery today. 

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

The Romanesque facade of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi stands out among the classic adobe architecture of the City Different. This massive church is only a five-minute walk from the Plaza and it’s well worth it to see the gorgeous interior. 

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum pays homage to one of the most renowned residents of Northern New Mexico. A vast collection of her famed works, photographs, and personal archives reside in the halls of this museum that’s around the corner from the Plaza. 

New Mexico Museum of Art

You’ll find the New Mexico Museum of Art on the corner of the Santa Fe Plaza housed in a gorgeous adobe building dating back to 1917. Displays of works from regional artists adorn the walls of this museum also features a rotating collection of exhibits and is a must-see near the Santa Fe Historic District.

Book Your Stay at Four KachinasChimayo-room1- room in inn

Four Kachinas Inn features a collection of beautiful rooms with locally-made furnishings and Southwestern interior design. Our Inn provides guests with a delicious gourmet breakfast every morning and has a location that is second to none in the City Different. You are within walking distance of the Santa Fe Historic District, but far enough away that you can step away from the crowds.

Are you ready to plan your trip to Santa Fe? Browse our rooms and book your favorite! We look forward to welcoming you to our Inn!