The most populous city in the state of New Mexico, Albuquerque shines as a cultural center of the American Southwest. Whether you’ve come to experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, sample the flavors of authentic New Mexican cuisine, drive historic Route 66 or simply explore this fascinating city, Albuquerque has so much to offer.
Visit some of Albuquerque’s top attractions like the Sandia Peak Tramway, the Rio Grande Zoo and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Or, head to Old Town for shopping and dining along streets dating back to 1706! Plus, with an average of 310 sunny days per year, there’s no better place to explore the outdoors. In addition to hot air ballooning, adventure lovers can enjoy hiking and biking, kayaking, rock climbing, golfing and more.
Petroglyph National Monument
Just outside of Albuquerque, Petroglyph National Monument offers an ideal place to explore nature and discover unique rock etchings made by Native Americans and Spanish settlers hundreds of years ago. With about 20,000 petroglyphs in the park and 4 hiking trails to choose from, this free activity is perfect for active visitors to the area.
Visiting Old Town
Old Town Albuquerque is a great place to soak up the iconic atmosphere of the city. Stroll along brick paths dating back to 1706 while browsing art galleries, window-shopping and stopping for a quick bite to eat.
Route 66 (Central Ave.)
Cruising Route 66 should be on any travel-lover’s bucketlist. The great news is, this historic highway travels right through Albuquerque, on what’s now called Central Avenue.
Spend the afternoon on the banks of the Rio Grande when you go to Tingley Beach, just moments from Downtown Albuquerque. This is a great spot for walking, picnicking and fishing.
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
About two hours southeast of Albuquerque, travelers can visit Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, which features three areas of ancient dwellings to see. These structures include missions (churches), homes and gathering places.
Watch the Sunset
Albuquerque is one of the top-rated places in the U.S. to watch the sunset. Watch the sunlight play on the mountains and enjoy the natural colors of the Southwest.
Banh Mi Coda This Vietnamese Bakery & Deli has some of the best sandwiches in town
230-C Louisiana Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Frontier A favorite for breakfast, try the Frontier Sweet Roll or their fresh green chile
2400 Central SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Café Istanbul Flavorful and authentic Turkish fare at amazing prices
1415 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
The Last Call A twist on your favorite Mexican dishes – try the Carne Asada Fries
102 Richmond Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Taqueria Mexico A local favorite for Mexican food in a cozy setting
415 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Little Red Burger Hut Visit this local burger joint for their juicy Taco Burger
1501 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Albuquerque Comic Con (January)
Friends & Lovers Balloon Rally (February)
Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbeque Show (March)
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival (March)
Fiestas de Albuquerque (April)
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow (April)
Route 66 Summerfest (July)
New Mexico Jazz Festival (July)
National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (September)
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (October)
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival (November)
Winter Spanish Market (November)
River of Lights (November – January)
Twinkle Light Parade (December)
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (December)