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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ABQ BioPark

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The city's foremost outdoor attraction and nature center, the park comprises Tingley Beach (and its trout-stocked ponds) as well as three...

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

  • Museum/Gallery

This light-filled modern structure serves up a wealth of contemporary art, both from the museum's own Southwestern artists-centric collections...

American International Rattlesnake Museum

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Included in the largest collection of different species of living rattlers in the world are such rare and unusual specimens as an albino...

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

  • Restaurant–Sight

The multilevel semicircular layout of this museum was inspired by Pueblo Bonito, the prehistoric ruin in northwestern New Mexico. Start...

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

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The wonders at Albuquerque's most popular museum include a simulated volcano (with a river of bubbling hot lava flowing beneath the see-through...

Old Town Plaza

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Tranquil, with the lovely 1793 San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church still presiding along the north side, Old Town Plaza is a pleasant...

San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church

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Well over two centuries after it first welcomed worshippers, this structure, erected in 1793, is still active. The building, which replaced...

Turquoise Museum

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Just west of the hubbub of Old Town, this museum inside a small strip mall focuses on the beauty, mythology, and physical properties...

¡Explora!

  • Museum/Gallery

This imaginatively executed science museum—its driving concept is "Ideas You Can Touch"—is right across from the New Mexico Museum...

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