AlbuquerqueUnited States of America

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Visit Albuquerque

Nicknamed “Duke City,” Albuquerque beckons visitors with stunning mountain views, a rich multicultural heritage and abundant recreational opportunities.

Sitting about 5,000 feet (1,632 meters) above sea level, Albuquerque benefits from a remarkable natural setting and a mild, dry climate. The peaks of the Sandia Mountains stand on the east and the arid New Mexico mesas (elevated hills with flat tops) stretch out to the west.

The largest city in the state of New Mexico, Albuquerque is best navigated by car. It’s divided into four official quadrants: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest and Southwest, with Central Avenue dividing north from south and Broadway dividing east from west.

To get a sense of Albuquerque’s diverse ethnic heritage, stroll around historic Old Town in the Northwest. This area incorporates the original city of Albuquerque, which was founded in 1706. The narrow streets are dotted with museums, adobe buildings and Hispanic architecture, including the city’s oldest building, the San Felipe de Neri Church.

Discover the region's natural diversity at Old Town’s Albuquerque Biological Park. This complex is home to the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden and the Rio Grande Zoo. The BioTrain, which runs from Tuesday to Sunday, carries visitors between the park's facilities.

Native American heritage has a strong influence on Albuquerque, from the presence of more than 15,000 rock carvings at the Petroglyph National Monument, to the pueblo settlements near the city. Learn about the way of life for the descendants of New Mexico’s indigenous peoples at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, located in the Northwest.

Outdoor enthusiasts can escape to the rocky cliffs of the Sandia Mountains. In summer, the peaks attract rock climbers, hikers and mountain bikers, while the winter months see skiers and snowboarders flock to the slopes. Step aboard the Sandia Peak Tramway to experience the range in all its scenic glory. This aerial tramway journeys up to the 10,378-foot (3,163-meter) summit, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the city below.

Albuquerque also boasts a busy events calendar. Highlights include the world-famous International Balloon Fiesta in October and the annual New Mexico State Fair, usually held in September.

Top Hotels in Albuquerque

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
3 out of 5
54 Jemez Canyon Dam Rd, Bernalillo, NM
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $85
per night
Feb 4 - Feb 5

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Ana Star Casino and Santa Ana Golf Club. Coronado Historic Site and J&R Vintage ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,869 reviews)

"Awewome room..Great money msking experience...breakfast great too.."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2020

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
3.5 out of 5
330 Tijeras Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM
CA $158
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Downtown Albuquerque, this hotel is steps away from Albuquerque Civic Plaza and Albuquerque Convention Center. ABQ BioPark Zoo and New Mexico Museum ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,741 reviews)

"Great price and very helpful front desk staff. Would stay here again next time I am in the area."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2020

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
3.5 out of 5
800 Rio Grande Blvd Nw, Albuquerque, NM
CA $153
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Located in Sawmill Area, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Atomic Museum and Old Town Plaza. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Indian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,088 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly and helpful. We stayed in a clean room with a beautiful view of Albuquerque, the mountains, and were able to see hot air balloons in the morning."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 9, 2020

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Popular things to do in Albuquerque

ABQ BioPark Zoo
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ABQ BioPark Zoo

5/5(3 reviews)

Enjoy a day filled with animal encounters as you watch exotic creatures from all over the world, including powerful and ferocious predators.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

5/5(16 reviews)

Learn about the 19 Pueblo tribes of New Mexico through exhibits, performances and craft demonstrations at this popular cultural attraction.

Top activities in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Albuquerque Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

CA $206

Experience the pristine tranquility of floating above the city of Albuquerque at daybreak aboard a hot air balloon. The Rio Grande, Sandia Mountains, and Albuquerque skyline are all visible as you soar above the spectacular natural and urban landscapes.

ABQ Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride
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ABQ Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride

CA $245

Experience beautiful Albuquerque from the air and snap photos of the beautiful view while you float across the sky. Enjoy an exhilarating 1-hour hot air balloon ride over the Rio Grande Valley, admire the majestic Sandia Mountains, and top off your adventure with a champagne toast and tasty bites.

Albuquerque's Ghost Walk: The GHOST Tour of Old Town
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Albuquerque's Ghost Walk: The GHOST Tour of Old Town

CA $35

The Ghost Tour of Old Town Legends, folklore, ghost stories and history come to life as you depart on an intriguing excursion through 313 years of haunted history. Old Town is the birthplace of Albuquerque, founded in 1706, and for more than three centuries people have lived and died around the Old Town Plaza.

Urban Adventure Quest - Albuquerque
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Urban Adventure Quest - Albuquerque

CA $9

Embark on an interactive tour of Albuquerque, exploring the city while following clues and completing unique challenges. See landmarks and historical sites including the Old Town Plaza, Tiguex Park, and the Albuquerque Museum while you solve puzzles that lead you on a memorable tour.

Operation City Quest of Albuquerque, NM
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Operation City Quest of Albuquerque, NM

CA $13

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Mezcla de Culturas A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town
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Mezcla de Culturas A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town

CA $97

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: San Felipe de Neri Church, 2005 North Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104 San Felipe de Neri church opened the year of its founding, in 1706, and with a few pauses for rebuilds and renovations, has continually maintained a presence in Old Town Plaza.

Reviews of Albuquerque

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

The Hot Air Balloon event The art, and the architectural adobe homes up in the mountains. Great views, enchanting!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Nice typical town. Very good food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

Many of the shopkeepers in Old Town engaged me in conversation even though I was just looking. Go to the grey dog gallery and the SW artist shops just to look around and. chat about the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 11, 2019

Albuquerque is great!! Small city, cool old town to walk around in, biking path from north to south of city. The mountain team nearby is beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Happy

May 15, 2019

Liked Old Town and Church Street Cafe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 14, 2019

The BReaking Bad experiences with the Candy Store experience the icing on the cake.

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