Albuquerque

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 climb 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 G
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 climb to over 6,000 feet; the 10,378-foot summit is a gra
Albuquerque's terrain is diverse. Along the river in the North and South valleys, the elevation hovers at about 4,800 fe

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 climb 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 shift considerably throughout the day and evening, it's a good idea to bring along a couple of layers when exploring.

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  • 1. 516 Arts

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    516 Arts holds a special place in the New Mexico art scene. World-class contemporary art dominates the changing shows at this multilevel nonprofit...Read More

  • 2. ABQ BioPark

    Old Town | Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 3. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

    This light-filled modern structure, designed by noted architect Antoine Predock, serves up a brilliantly curated selection of contemporary art...Read More

  • 4. KiMo Theatre

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

    Decorated with light fixtures made from buffalo skulls (the eye sockets glow amber in the dark), Navajo symbols, and nine spectacular Western...Read More

  • 5. National Hispanic Cultural Center

    Barelas | Museum/Gallery

    A showpiece for the city, and a showcase for Hispanic culture in Albuquerque's historic Barelas neighborhood, this beautifully designed space...Read More

  • 6. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

    East Side | Museum/Gallery

    Previously known simply as the National Atomic Museum, this brilliant Smithsonian affiliate traces the history of the atomic age and how nuclear...Read More

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  • 7. Rail Yards Market

    Barelas | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The Sunday market here (May–October, 10–2) is a fine excuse to explore this wondrous, light-filled, almost cathedral-like space, said to have...Read More

  • 8. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

    North Valley | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Along the banks of the Rio Grande, this 270-acre refuge in an especially tranquil portion of the bosque (about midway up on the Paseo del Bosque...Read More

  • 9. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

    Far Northeast Heights | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Tramway cars climb 2.7 miles up the steep western face of the Sandias, giving you a close-up view of red rocks and tall trees—it's the world...Read More

  • 10. UNM Art Museum

    University of New Mexico | Museum/Gallery

    University Art Museum features magnificent 20th- and 21st-century prints, as well as photos and paintings that rival the finest collections...Read More

  • 11. American International Rattlesnake Museum

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 12. Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

    North Valley | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. Casa Rondeña Winery

    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Perhaps the most stunning of Albuquerque's wineries, Casa Rondeña—which is technically in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, not the city proper—was...Read More

  • 14. Downtown Growers' Market

    Downtown | Park/Playground

    Toe-tapping music and the freshest of fresh produce—and surely the delicious shade created by the towering cottonwoods here in Robinson Park...Read More

  • 15. Ernie Pyle Library

    University of New Mexico | Library/Archive

    After several visits to New Mexico, Ernie Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize–winning news reporter, built a house in 1940 that now contains the smallest...Read More

  • 16. Gruet Winery

    Northeast Heights | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    First-time visitors may be forgiven for pausing as they approach Gruet's redbrick chalet-style building, set down as it is hard by the highway...Read More

  • 17. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

    Los Duranes | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 18. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

    University of New Mexico | Museum/Gallery

    Tapping a vast collection of sublime Southwestern artifacts and archival photos, the Maxwell's superb shows encompass three fascinating fields...Read More

  • 19. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 20. Old Town Plaza

    Old Town | Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

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