Albuquerque

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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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