The mass ascension ceremonies at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! Liftoff before the sun even has a chance to rise. Beautiful day for the next-to-last mass ascension of the year. Every year for a week in October Albuquerque hosts the International Balloon Fiesta. It's an amazing time to be here with the colorful hot air balloons. One of the most photographed events in the world, and the largest festival in the USA, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is truly and incredible sight to behold.
With over 600 balloons on the field and launching into the air together, it's really hard to describe quite how spectacular it is. Hopefully this photo does it justice! It's usually held around October in Albuquerque, and the festival usually runs for around 10 days. Our advice is to plan to attend for a few days to be sure you get to see a mass ascension (these usually happen on weekends and one weekday), as sometimes the weather can lead to events being cancelled. See more photos from this incredible show, right here:
http://www.findingtheuniverse.com/2016/11/photo-highlights-Albuquerque-international-balloon-fiesta.html
#travel #newmexico #hotairballoon #balloon There is no need to wait for the Albuqueruqe Balloon Fiesta in the fall; balloonists take advantage of any cool morning to take to the gorgeous high desert skies. For more than three decades, guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque each October to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.
The New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There's something for everyone to enjoy . . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more.
Come as early as 3.30 am for Morning Mass Ascension because the traffic will be very bad after that, which mean you will stuck in it and miss the show!
http://www.balloonfiesta.com
#festival The Mass Ascension is the most dramatic and breathtaking event in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, happens usually around 7am or at sunrise.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and the largest international event in the US. Its beginnings back in 1972 launched with just 13 balloons, today it is participated by hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors of all ages from around the world come to witness its grand and marvelous display of colorful and imaginative balloons. The festivities are usually held in the first two weeks of October. This year (2017), it is scheduled from 7th to 15th of October. It is a very organized event with plenty of room for visitors to roam around and check out the unfolding of every balloon to its launch process from a 73-acre launch field, that's about 54 football fields all together.
Onsite parking and offsite parking with bus shuttles (a cost efficient option if traveling alone or two) are available. Buy your admission tickets and book your accommodations in advance. Also, check the official event website for more information; there are several events scheduled from dawn to evening, including a music event and fireworks.
This is an event not to be missed, definitely a must see at least once in your lifetime.
#Festival Hundreds of balloons fill the sky every October, reminding me why I love living in Albuquerque! Here you can see my favorite - the hummingbird - as well as several other thrilling special shapes. Lifting off at the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Great experience. Mass ascension on Day 1 of the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM Hot air balloons landing all over town in Albuquerque, NM with the Sandia Peaks in the background Kissing bumblebees while junior looks on during mass ascension at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM Have wanted to go to the balloon fiesta ever since I heard about it a few years ago, and was definitely not disappointed! Amazing to see all the balloons in the sky Just to the SW corner of Texas Roadhouse is this magnificent Sci-fi bridge. Balloons being inflating on the field at the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta just before dawn. More than 500 hot air balloons take to high desert skies. Mass ascension at dawn never gets old, no matter how many years I go back for another experience! Pink Elephant: Rainbow Ryders gives balloon rides daily and you can get magnificent views all year round. My favorite times are in the summer and fall. This has always been on my list. It was a good time. But so cold and unfortunately the wind Gods were not smiling us,so will have to go back next year to get pictures of the massive launch. See you there. Hundreds of balloons for the hot air balloon fiesta in Albuquerque. My view from one of them. #visitabq #balloonfiesta #beautifulcolors #amazingviews #blue Cool scenes and happy people. You need to go at sunrise and see the mass ascension where 300+ balloons all rise up and flicker on and off before the sun rises. You probably should leave your hotel room at 4am to arrive at the festival 45 minutes early because we were stuck in 2 hrs of traffic to go only 11 minutes. Overall it was fun and your group should go experience it as well . Butternut squash soup with goat cheese and pecans - scrumptious! This is a gem of a place hidden in the far north valley that uses local ingredients and products as much as possible. Every year for a week in October Albuquerque hosts the International Balloon Fiesta. It's an amazing time to be here with the colorful hot air balloons. Alien Balloon: Dawn patrol at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM Mass ascension at the annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM is a breathtaking sight to behold! Claims to be the most photographed event in the world! Yummy!! Great New Mexican food. Lover of their sopapillas. Special shapes hot air balloons getting ready to launch during mass ascension at the Balloon Fiesta. Note the severed finger hanging out of the piranha's mouth! From I-25 S Wow! Even on a cloudy, rainy morning the view was stunning. $20 for an adult ticket, 15mins each way and spend as long as you like up top. Take a jacket, it's cool up there at 10,378 feet/ 3,163 metres. Peacefully floating over Albuquerque in the early morning light. It's the Sandia mountain range, the dormant volcanos in the distance, the Rio Grande, the rising sun - what a great way to start the day. Albuquerque Turtle balloon: If airport control towers have air traffic controllers, Albuquerque Int'l Balloon Fiesta has them, too, and they are dressed in style! Check them out at the event and they will be happy to answer any of your questions when they are not busy.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and the largest international event in the US. Its beginnings back in 1972 launched with just 13 balloons, today it is participated by hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors of all ages from around the world come to witness its grand and marvelous display of colorful and imaginative balloons. The festivities are usually held in the first two weeks of October. This year (2017), it is scheduled from 7th to 15th of October. It is a very organized event with plenty of room for visitors to roam around and check out the unfolding of every balloon to its launch process from a 73-acre launch field, that's about 54 football fields all together.
Onsite parking and offsite parking with bus shuttles (a cost efficient option if traveling alone or two) are available. Buy your admission tickets and book your accommodations in advance. Also, check the official event website for more information; there are several events scheduled from dawn to evening, including a music event and fireworks.
This is an event not to be missed, definitely a must see at least once in your lifetime.
#Festival Fun. 2017 Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque NM Just to the SW corner of Texas Roadhouse is this magnificent Sci-fi bridge. The good stuff....carne adovado breakfast burrito Christmas style. A must whenever we visit this area. The Morning Glow...an event on a nippy-breezy morning, the burners are ignited illuminating the dawn with vibrantly glowing giant balloons.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and the largest international event in the US. Its beginnings back in 1972 launched with just 13 balloons, today it is participated by hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors of all ages from around the world come to witness its grand and marvelous display of colorful and imaginative balloons. The festivities are usually held in the first two weeks of October. This year (2017), it is scheduled from 7th to 15th of October. It is a very organized event with plenty of room for visitors to roam around and check out the unfolding of every balloon to its launch process from a 73-acre launch field, that's about 54 football fields all together.
Onsite parking and offsite parking with bus shuttles (a cost efficient option if traveling alone or two) are available. Buy your admission tickets and book your accommodations in advance. Also, check the official event website for more information; there are several events scheduled from dawn to evening, including a music event and fireworks.
This is an event not to be missed, definitely a must see at least once in your lifetime.
#Festival Hundreds of Hot Air Balloons take to the Albuquerque skies during the annual International Balloon Fiesta which takes place in October. Just to the SW corner of Texas Roadhouse is this magnificent Sci-fi bridge. We were able to see the balloons from up close, but I suggest you arrive before 4:30am to enjoy the whole morning show Take the tram up the Sandia Mountain. The views are gorgeous. http://www.sandiapeak.com/ There's a restaurant at the top, and you can hike down the other side, down the ski runs. But since the trails are on the other side, you'd have to arrange a ride. You can also drive up the other side to the lookout platform. At the base of the mountain on that side is the Tinkertown Museum, a kitchy museum and a lot of fun. http://tinkertown.com/
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Get an overview of this hotelHotel in Albuquerque with free breakfast and indoor pool

Popular property highlights

Breakfast included
Free self parking
Free WiFi
Indoor pool
Business center

Location

Situated in Albuquerque, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gruet Winery, University of Phoenix, and Balloon Fiesta Park. Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and ITT Technical Institute are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Features

Along with an indoor pool, this smoke-free hotel has a fitness center and a spa tub. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a sauna, a business center, and conference space.

Room Amenities

All 62 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and TVs with satellite channels. Other amenities available to guests include coffee makers, free newspapers, and free local calls.

Holiday Inn Express - Balloon Fiesta Park

Renovations & Closures

This property is undergoing renovations.
During renovations, the hotel will make every effort to minimize noise and disturbance.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to an indoor pool, Holiday Inn Express - Balloon Fiesta Park provides a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness center. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Business-related amenities consist of a business center and a meeting room. A complimentary breakfast is offered. Event facilities measuring 600 square feet (56 square meters) include conference space. This business-friendly hotel also offers multilingual staff, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a fireplace in the lobby. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Holiday Inn Express - Balloon Fiesta Park is a smoke-free property.

  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 56 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 600 
  • Indoor pool 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Conference space 
  • Business center 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Express check-out 
  • Total number of rooms - 62 
  • One meeting room 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Sauna 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Microwave 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Desk 
  • Television 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary buffet breakfast.

Nearby Things to Do

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness center.

  • Golfing nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.0 per stay.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.0 per stay
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

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We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Construction is underway at a neighboring building and there may be noise disturbance from the construction work.


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