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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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Albuquerque 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 windows. 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 and November Phone:(505) 856 7325 (tramway), 242 9052 (ski area)



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 rock. Hours of Operation: Pueblo Cultural Center Museum: 9am to 4.30pm Phone:(505) 843 7270 (Pueblo Cultural Center); (505) 552 6604 (Pueblo Acoma)



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 provided. Hours of Operation: Las Imágenes Visitor Center and Boca Negra Canyon: daily 8am to 5pm Phone:(505) 899 0205



Albuquerque holidays - Top Events


1. International Balloon Fiesta

From 2007-10-06

To 2007-10-15

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

From 2007-09-07

To 2007-09-23

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 1791. Where is it? Expo New Mexico, city centre




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