Does just the term "tourist attraction". cause feelings of anxiety? While there certainly are some attractions that you are better off driving on by, there are plenty of good ones too. Our Albuquerque 10Best list can help you sort the worthwhile from the worthless, ensuring only good memories are created this trip.



Constructed in 1793, this adobe church looks much as it did when it was originally built, and while it has undergone several renovations over the decades, it still retains the Southwestern feel and style of its origins. The church's history is...  Read More



The smallest and most interesting branch of Albuquerque's library system is located in the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ernie Pyle, who was killed by a Japanese sniper while overseas reporting on WWII. In addition to it's...  Read More



Built in 1927, the KiMo is a beautiful Pueblo Deco style building originally built during the heyday of luxury theater construction as a movie palace and vaudeville stage (Vivian Vance – I Love Lucy's Ethel – got her start here). Used today...  Read More



Examine traces of Albuquerque's past at the Petroglyph National Monument on Albuquerque's West Side, where centuries ago Native Americans meticulously pecked thousands of images into the rocks, their meanings known only to them. Jointly managed...  Read More

Rio Grande Botanic Garden


For a fascinating look at desert plants and habitats, a trip to the Rio Grande Botanic Garden is in order. Features include the desert and Mediterranean pavilions, and a seasonal Butterfly Pavilion with hundreds of free-flying butterflies and a...  Read More



If you fly into Albuquerque during the daytime, you'll see the thick ribbon of green cutting through the heart of the city. This is the bosque, Spanish for woods. Following the Río Grande, this is the largest continuous cottonwood forest left...  Read More



Over 1000 animals call the Rio Grande Zoo home, including cheetahs, siamangs, elephants, seals, gators, many primates, and koalas. The reptile and amphibian house and the Tropical America buildings house all manner of snakes, frogs, tarantulas,...  Read More

Sandia Peak Tramway


This 20-minute excursion is the world's longest aerial tram ride, and also one of the most breathtaking rides you may ever experience. Once at the top, you may like to ski, mountain bike, or just enjoy the view. There are restaurants at both the...  Read More



Follow the twisty, scenic back roads between Albuquerque and Santa Fe and see where early explorers sought gold and found turquoise. Abandoned mining towns, hills dotted with piñon, vast mountain vistas and rugged rock formations can be seen...  Read More



The Albuquerque Biopark is collectively a zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens linked together by the Rio Line, a narrow-gauge railroad that travels between the facilities. The Albuquerque Zoo is award winning for its natural designs, and the...  Read More