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Albuquerque Travel Guide

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Plan Your Albuquerque Vacation

In spite of its urban sprawl, Albuquerque merits a second look, and perhaps a stay of more than a day or two before you journey on to Santa Fe or Taos. Perfectly set as the gateway to other New Mexico wonders like Acoma Pueblo and Chaco Canyon, Albuquerque’s own rich history and dramatic terrain—desert volcanoes, the meandering Rio Grande, and a striking confluence of mountain ranges—have

long captured the imagination of folks en route from here to there.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Drive up the Camino Real (North 4th Street) or south into Barelas where you'll glimpse vintage shops and taquerias with hand-painted signage in idiosyncratic script and blazing-hot colors. Be sure to pause for a bite at Barelas Coffee House or Garcia's Kitchen.
  2. Visit the KiMo Theatre, in the center of Downtown right on old Route 66.
  3. Walk or bike the Paseo del Bosque along the Rio Grande. The scenery along the 16-mile trail is a menagerie of cottonwoods, migrating birds, and the ever-present river rippling quietly at your side.
  4. Explore the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a one-of-a-kind music and arts venue.
  5. Witness the sunset over the volcanoes in the Western desert—a brilliant pink flood that creeps over the valley, making its way east to illuminate the Sandias before disappearing. It's even better in late August when the scent of roasting green chiles fills the air.

When To Go

When to Go to Albuquerque

Albuquerque is sunny and relatively pleasant year-round. Fall is by far the most popular time to visit. On just about any day in late-August thro...

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