Planning Your Time

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Planning Your Time

Although the city sprawls, it does contain a handful of neighborhoods well suited to exploring on foot. In both Downtown and Old Town, you'll find plenty of garages and parking lots, and good areas to get out of the car and explore on foot. The same is true of the adjoining Nob Hill and UNM neighborhoods. For a short visit to the city, you could focus your time on these two areas.

The rest of the city stretches pretty far, and it can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to get from one part of town to the other. Notable attractions, such as those along the Rio Grande Corridor and up in the Sandia Mountains, take at least a couple of hours and as much as a full day to explore. A helpful strategy is to bunch together geographically outlying attractions that interest you, perhaps hitting Gruet Winery and the Balloon Museum the same day you head up into nearby Corrales or Bernalillo, or combining a visit to the Sandia Peak Tram with an excursion east out of town, either toward Santa Fe via the Turquoise Trail or out to the historic sites in Mountainair.

Most visitors to Albuquerque combine a stay here with some explorations of the entire northern Rio Grande Valley.

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