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Often overshadowed by its neighbour Santa Fe, Albuquerque is a diverse tourist destination in its own right with colourful history, good scenery and its popular hot-air balloon festival. This casual city has a lot of charm and sparkle and is the largest city in New Mexico.
The Old Town is lively and has a number of elegant century old homes. It also has several ghost tours. The fashionable Nob Hill area has a number of trendy bars, restaurants and stores for a good stroll in the evening. However, what makes Albuquerque unique are its people, a mix of Hispanics, Native Americans and university students.
Just outside the city are good hiking trails, ancient petroglyphs and evergreen forests while inside the city are a number of museums, cafes and taquerias. Most of the dining and shopping establishments can be found throughout Uptown, Old Town and Downtown.
Some of the main points of interests in Albuquerque are the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the Albuquerque Biological Park. For performances and good music, the KiMo Theatre, Sunshine Theatre and Isleta Amphitheatre are the leading destinations.
For nature lovers, the Manzano and Sandia Mountains offer rock climbing, open spaces and many trails. Voted as the fittest city in the country by Men's Fitness Magazine, Albuquerque offers a lot of outdoor activities through its numerous hiking areas, bike paths and parks that are scattered around the foothills.
The International Balloon Fiesta is the largest of its kind in the world and also the most photographed one.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Sandia Peak Tramway
|What is it? The perfect awe-inspiring overview of
Albuquerque can be had from nearly one mile (2km) above the city on
top of Sandia Crest, the windy mountaintop where the view is said
to extend for over 1,000 miles (1,609km). Simply follow Tramway
Boulevard for a few miles north of the city to board the Sandia
Peak Aerial Tramway, the world's longest continuous jigback
passenger tramway, which makes the ascent from the desert foothills
to the summit in about 20 minutes. In winter skiers make use of the
more than 30 trails descending from the mountain crest, while in
summer hikers and mountain bikers take the tramway up and enjoy
nature on their way down. Pleasure seekers simply ride to the top
to enjoy the view, which is particularly spectacular at sunset, and
enjoy a meal at the High Finance Restaurant with its picture
Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 9pm (summer), 9am to 8pm in winter (from
5pm on Tuesdays); it does not operate on very windy days, and is
closed for maintenance from 3-14 April and for two weeks in October
Phone:(505) 856 7325 (tramway), 242 9052 (ski
|2. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th Street NW
|What is it? The Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre is designed
to give an introduction to New Mexico's rich Native American
cultural heritage and the 19 individual pueblo communities of the
State. The Centre is situated on 12th Street, about a mile
northeast of the Old Town in Albuquerque, and is a recreation of
Pueblo Bonito, a ruined Indian village in the Chaco Culture
National Historic Park dating from the 9th century. The Centre also
features a museum displaying early photographs, artefacts and
artworks. A restaurant serves traditional fare and traditional
dances are performed by different tribal groups. Those interested
in seeing the real thing can make an excursion to Pueblo Acoma, 60
miles (96km) west of Albuquerque, the oldest inhabited village in
the United States, situated on a 367-foot high sandstone
Hours of Operation: Pueblo Cultural Center Museum: 9am to
Phone:(505) 843 7270 (Pueblo Cultural Center); (505) 552 6604
|3. Petroglyph National Monument
|What is it? One of Albuquerque's most enjoyable
recreational attractions is the 17-mile-long (27km) stretch of
escarpment of the West Mesa, entered from Unser Boulevard, that is
a treasure-trove of more than 25,000 prehistoric and historic rock
carvings or petroglyphs, some dating as far back as 2,000 years.
Maps and information regarding the geology and history of the area
are available from the Las Imágenes Visitor Center.
Hikers can follow various trails to explore the Boca Negra Canyon,
or join rangers on scheduled walks during the summer months. Picnic
areas, drinking water and restroom facilities are
Hours of Operation: Las Imágenes Visitor Center and Boca Negra
Canyon: daily 8am to 5pm
Phone:(505) 899 0205
holidays - Top Events
|1. International Balloon Fiesta
|What is it? Back in 1972 Albuquerque won a bid to host
the 1973 World Hot Air Ballooning Championships, and since then the
floating colourful orbs have become a familiar sight in the skies
over the city. Albuquerque is now the official balloon capital of
the world, and the weeklong International Balloon Fiesta held in
the first week of October each year draws thousands of pilots,
balloons and avid spectators from the four corners of the world.
The city pulls out all the stops to ensure that the Fiesta is a
memorable experience in all respects.
Where is it? Balloon Fiesta Park
|2. New Mexico State Fair
|What is it? Billed as the greatest show in New Mexico,
the State Fair is far more than just an agricultural show.
Professional rodeo events and the showing of livestock are big
drawcards, or course, but fair-goers also flock onto the 236-acre
fairground in the heart of Albuquerque for everything from corn on
the cob and cotton candy to carnival rides. The fun of the fair
also includes arts and crafts, various animal events, concerts and
a variety of free entertainment. For more information contact the
New Mexico State Fair Office on (505) 265
Where is it? Expo New Mexico, city centre