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July 9, 2020
Travel + Leisure Magazine Names Santa Fe #3 U.S. City Destination

Readers Vote For Top Hotels And Spas, New Mexicans Vote For Staycations

Once again Santa Fe’s distinctive blend of top-shelf hospitality and world-class spas have made it a uniquely appealing and unforgettable travel destination.

The City of Santa Fe has been recognized as the number three city on the “Top 15 Cities in the United States” list in the 2020 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, making this the city’s eighth time since 2012 that it is included as one of the most desired American travel destinations.

Additionally, local destination spa, Ojo Caliente Mineral Spa Resort Santa Fe (formerly Sunrise Springs Spa Resort) took the number two spot on the “Top 15 Domestic Spas” list; the highest rank on the survey to date for the property.

New Mexicans are able to take advantage of the very best in hospitality and spas without having to leave the state, or face COVID quarantines, by planning a Santa Fe staycation. There will never be a better time from a price of accommodation standpoint, and hotels and spas have put in place rigorous safety protocols to make sure a staycation is a safe-cation. 

“As we think about a post-COVID-19 world where tourists can come back to Santa Fe and we can welcome them safely,” said Mayor Webber, “it’s gratifying to know that we continue to be recognized as a top destination in the United States.”

Santa Fe area honors include:

  • Top 15 Cities in the United States - #3 rank for City of Santa Fe
  • Top 15 Domestic Spas – #2 rank for Ojo Santa Fe (formerly Sunrise Springs Spa Resort)
  • Top 15 Best City Hotels in the Continental United States - #11 rank for The Inn of the Five Graces
  • Top 15 Domestic Spas – #10 rank for Ojo Caliente
  • Top 15 Domestic Spas– #14 rank for Ten Thousand Waves

“To have both our destination and several hotel and spa properties honored at this level during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic underscores what an incredibly unique and beloved city Santa Fe is,” said Randy Randall, Executive Director of TOURISM Santa Fe. “We are especially thankful at this time for our loyal visitors who continue to keep Santa Fe at the top of these lists.”

This year marks the 25th edition of this annual readers’ survey, in which 300,000 Travel + Leisure readers rate their experiences in a variety of categories, from cities and hotels to cruise lines and airlines. The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards is a leading barometer of the places and companies that satisfy some of the most passionate and discerning travelers.

Congratulations to all the hard-working hoteliers, restaurateurs and unique business-owners that continue to put Santa Fe on the map. And a heartfelt thank you to the visitors who continue to put Santa Fe at the top of their lists.

The complete list of awards is now available online at and will appear in the magazine’s August 2020 issue available at newsstands on July 17.

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