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Albuquerque’s Historic Center

Founded in 1706, Old Town is the historical and cultural heart of Albuquerque. Take a seat in the middle of the square and admire the Pueblo-style buildings with their contoured adobe walls, flat roofs, beams and small arches. Marvel at the architecture of the San Felipe de Neri Church, the city’s oldest. Wander over to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History to put it all in context, then browse at more than 100 locally owned shops and galleries, where you can buy New Mexican art, religious artifacts and native crafts.

 

Authentic Attractions

Cultural, natural and urban attractions abound in Albuquerque’s diverse neighborhoods. For a peek into native cultures, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center or the Petroglyph National Monument to see ancient designs and symbols that were carved onto volcanic rocks long ago. Albuquerque’s techie heritage (Microsoft was born here in 1975) is evident at both the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Wildlife lovers can see animals at the ABQ BioPark or at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, and golf enthusiasts can hit the links at one of the top-rated courses around town, each offering a unique experience.

 

Instagram-Worthy Views

To get a stunning, bird’s-eye-view of the city, ride the Sandia Peak Tramway cable car to the top of the 3,250-meter Sandia Peak, then hike the 2.4-kilometer trail to the crest. Another way to get a heart-stopping view of the city is to take a ride in a hot-air balloon from one of the many vendors that operate in and around the city. If you’re in town in early October, don’t miss the annual International Balloon Fiesta – there’s really nothing else like it!

Fun Fact

International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque’s annual International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world.

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