10 Best Reasons to Visit Albuquerque

  • Fire-roasted green chile

    Famous Green Chile

    If there's one question you're bound to hear while in Albuquerque, it's "red or green?" This isn't referring to your favorite color, but to your preferred choice of chile. Albuquerque's cuisine combines Mexican and American Indian influences, resulting in dishes found nowhere else in the country.  Green chile sauce won the 10Best Readers' Choice award category for Best Iconic American Food in July of 2013.  

    Photo courtesy of www.newmexico.org

  • Blue Sky donut from Rebel Donut in Albuquerque

    "Breaking Bad" Filming Locations

    Albuquerque has recently gained international fame as the setting for the hit AMC series Breaking Bad, and visitors to the city can embark on a themed bike or trolley tour to see some of the most iconic filming locations, like Los Pollo Hermanos (actually a burrito shop) and Walter White's car wash.

    Photo courtesy of Megan Ryan

  • Watch the balloons take off from Balloon Fiesta Park

    International Balloon Fiesta

    Each October, Albuquerque hosts the International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest gathering of hot air balloons. Attending a morning mass ascension is like walking through a forest of giant, brilliantly colored balloons, some in whimsical shapes. In the evenings, head back to Balloon Fiesta Park to see your favorites light up during a balloon glow.

    Photo courtesy of Ron Behrmann

  • Twin Warriors Golf Club

    High Desert Golf

    Thanks to Albuquerque's amazing weather, the golf courses here stay open 364 days a year. This highly underrated golfing destination enjoys some of the most diverse courses, from desert links to mountain courses, all in one area. The scenery can't be beat, and prices tend to be much more affordable than in higher profile destinations.

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  • Sandia Peak Tramway

    Sandia Peak Tramway

    If you want to see Albuquerque at its best, ride the world's third longest aerial tram to the top of Sandia Peak. The Sandia Peak Tramway transports passengers over canyons and forests, covering a total of 2.7 miles. From the top, you'll be able to look out over some 11,000 square miles of Cibola National Forest and the Rio Grande Valley.

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  • Traditional needlepoint Native American turquoise bracelets

    Cultural Diversity

    Albuquerque enjoys a rich cultural diversity – one you can see for yourself with visits to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. People of more than 70 ethnicities call the city home, making it one of the most diverse cities in the country.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Greenberg

  • Hiking atop the 10,378 ft. crest of Sandia Peak

    Outdoor Adventure

    Whether it's July or January, outdoor enthusiasts will find something fun to do in and around Albuquerque. In the winter months, the Sandia Peak ski area offers skiing and snowboarding only a few minutes' drive from the city, and on pretty much any sunny day – and there are a lot of them – you'll find residents and visitors biking, hiking, jogging and enjoying the natural beauty of the Land of Enchantment.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Greenberg

  • Brick walkways and adobe architecture in Old Town

    Charming 'Old Town'

    Albuquerque's Historic Old Town is teeming with traditional adobe architecture, boutique shops, galleries and local restaurants. Spend an afternoon people-watching in the Spanish colonial plaza or duck into the 18th century San Felipe de Neri church. Superstitious travelers can take a ghost tour of this supposedly haunted neighborhood.

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  • Day of the Dead folk art

    One-of-a-Kind Folk Art

    When you're planning your next shopping vacation, consider Albuquerque as your destination of choice. The upscale boutiques and galleries of Old Town, trendy shops of Nob Hill and name brand retailers of ABQ Uptown, paired with Albuquerque's affordability, make it a shopper's paradise.

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  • Albuquerque BioPark

    Family-Friendly Attractions

    Albuquerque isn't just for adults. Families traveling with kids will find plenty to do. For a fun-filled day of animal encounters, head to the Albuquerque BioPark, a combination zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. For an educational and entertaining look into New Mexico's history, visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Old Town.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Greenberg

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