Albuquerque Sights

Albuquerque's terrain is diverse. Along the river in the North and South valleys, the elevation hovers at about 4,800 feet. East of the river, the land rises gently to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, which rise to over 6,000 feet; the 10,378-foot summit is a grand spot from which to view the city below. West of the Rio Grande, where Albuquerque is growing most aggressively, the terrain rises

abruptly in a string of mesas topped by five volcanic cones. The changes in elevation from one part of the city to another result in corresponding changes in temperature, as much as 10°F at any time. It's not uncommon for snow or rain to fall on one part of town but for it to remain dry and sunny in another, and because temperatures can rise and fall considerably throughout the day and evening, it's a good idea to bring along a couple of layers when exploring large areas or for several hours.

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Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

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This dramatic museum celebrates the city's legacy as the hot-air ballooning capital of the world. Albuquerque's high altitude, mild climate...

Casa Rondeña Winery

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Perhaps the most architecturally stunning of New Mexico's wineries, Casa Rondeña—which is technically in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque,...

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

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Along the banks of the Rio Grande, this 270-acre refuge in a portion of the Bosque (about midway up on the Paseo del Bosque trail) is...

Unser Racing Museum

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Albuquerque is home to the illustrious auto-racing family, the Unsers, whose four generations of drivers have dominated the sport since...

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