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Beckoning lovers of the great outdoors with its sunny desert scenery, Albuquerque sits straddling the Rio Grande, just west of the rugged Sandia Mountains. Known for its thriving American Indian and Spanish cultural heritage, the city’s vivacious Old Town simmers with history, where terracotta-toned adobe architecture has existed for hundreds of years. Sizzling taquerias offer yet more traditional tastes of New Mexico, whilst the city’s numerous museums and Albuquerque Biological Park provide plenty to see and do. Each fall the city hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which sees hundreds of hot air balloons saturate the sky with color.

Things to see

Old Town Plaza is the green and shady centerpiece of Albuquerque’s historic Old Town, a brick-paved district brimming with shops, restaurants, and galleries - many of which reside within characterful Pueblo-Spanish buildings. For souvenir hunters seeking Southwestern art, there’s no better place to shop. Preserving the rich heritage and culture of New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center makes for a captivating visit. The museum boasts a trove of artefacts, alongside a vibrant collection of historic and contemporary artworks. Adjacent to the city, Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway takes visitors on breathtaking cable car ascent over the dramatic Cibola National Forest. Atop the 10,378 foot summit of Sandia Peak, you can enjoy far-reaching valley views, nature hikes, and skiing in the winter. Albuquerque Biological Park is a must-see. Alongside an idyllic 36-acre botanical garden, the environmental museum also features the BioPark Aquarium, and the Biopark Zoo – home to over 250 animal species from around the world.

Hotels in Albuquerque

Whether you’re here for business, pleasure, or the Balloon Fiesta, the hotels in Albuquerque can accommodate any type of stay. Here you’ll find everything from shiny high rise downtown digs and adobe guesthouses, to luxury resorts and modern chain hotels catering to every pocket. The larger properties typically provide the most amenities, with on-site restaurants, swimming pools, fitness facilities and business centers - whilst in-room WiFi and cable TV make an appearance in most places. Whilst the hotels in Albuquerque tend to priced lower than most US cities, you’ll find plenty of thriftier digs too, the majority of which come with a budget brand name.

Where to stay

Downtown Albuquerque is the city’s bustling high rise heart. Central Avenue, part of Route 66, is the main artery, where you’ll find an array of restaurants, shops, galleries and nightspots. A hotel in Albuquerque’s downtown also keeps you close to some of the city’s best attractions, including Albuquerque Biological Park, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. What’s more, the winding brick pathways and quaint shops of Old Town are just a stone’s throw away. A big business center, Uptown is home to the Expo New Mexico, which hosts the action-packed New Mexico State Fair, as well as the Coronado Center and ABQ Uptown shopping malls.

How to get to Albuquerque

The city’s nearest airport is Albuquerque International Sunport, the largest in New Mexico. Just 3 miles from downtown Albuquerque, the well-connected hub provides links to a big handful of big US cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, and New York. When you’ve arrived there’s no shortage of shuttle services and taxis to whisk you into the action, whilst some hotels provide their own transfers too. The city is also reachable via the Greyhound bus and Amtrak train, both of which make a stop at the Alvarado Transportation Center in downtown. For drivers, Interstates 25 and 40 intersect within the city.