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Albuquerque, NM

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Nicknamed “Duke City,” Albuquerque beckons visitors with stunning mountain views, a rich multicultural heritage and abundant recreational opportunities.

Sitting about 5,000 feet (1,632 meters) above sea level, Albuquerque benefits from a remarkable natural setting and a mild, dry climate. The peaks of the Sandia Mountains stand on the east and the arid New Mexico mesas (elevated hills with flat tops) stretch out to the west.

The largest city in the state of New Mexico, Albuquerque is best navigated by car. It’s divided into four official quadrants: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest and Southwest, with Central Avenue dividing north from south and Broadway dividing east from west.

To get a sense of Albuquerque’s diverse ethnic heritage, stroll around historic Old Town in the Northwest. This area incorporates the original city of Albuquerque, which was founded in 1706. The narrow streets are dotted with museums, adobe buildings and Hispanic architecture, including the city’s oldest building, the San Felipe de Neri Church.

Discover the region's natural diversity at Old Town’s Albuquerque Biological Park. This complex is home to the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden and the Rio Grande Zoo. The BioTrain, which runs from Tuesday to Sunday, carries visitors between the park's facilities.

Native American heritage has a strong influence on Albuquerque, from the presence of more than 15,000 rock carvings at the Petroglyph National Monument, to the pueblo settlements near the city. Learn about the way of life for the descendants of New Mexico’s indigenous peoples at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, located in the Northwest.

Outdoor enthusiasts can escape to the rocky cliffs of the Sandia Mountains. In summer, the peaks attract rock climbers, hikers and mountain bikers, while the winter months see skiers and snowboarders flock to the slopes. Step aboard the Sandia Peak Tramway to experience the range in all its scenic glory. This aerial tramway journeys up to the 10,378-foot (3,163-meter) summit, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the city below.

Albuquerque also boasts a busy events calendar. Highlights include the world-famous International Balloon Fiesta in October and the annual New Mexico State Fair, usually held in September.

Where to stay in Albuquerque

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
3 out of 5
54 Jemez Canyon Dam Rd, Bernalillo, NM
The price is $89 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Ana Star Casino and Santa Ana Golf Club. Coronado Historic Site and J&R Vintage ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (2,778 reviews)
"The staff takes all reports seriously and quickly. Our tub was not draining and they immediately fixed it."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
Isleta Resort and Casino - Adults Only
Isleta Resort and Casino - Adults Only
4 out of 5
11000 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM
The price is $149 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated near the airport, this romantic resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Isleta Casino and within 9 mi (15 km) of Isleta Amphitheater and Albuquerque Dragway. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,399 reviews)
"the hotel was very nice. Even though there was not a mask mandate in this city and I didn't have to wear a mask anywhere else i had to wear a mask in the hotel. I was made to enter through the casino and show my ID and a red card i had to get when entering. this was very inconvenient and ..."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Isleta Resort and Casino - Adults Only
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
3.5 out of 5
5151 San Francisco Rd Ne, Albuquerque, NM
The price is $110 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from ITT Technical Institute and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Balloon Fiesta Park. Cliff's Amusement Park ...
4/5Very Good! (893 reviews)
"Great facility"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Airport
3 out of 5
1520 Sunport Pl Se, Albuquerque, NM
The price is $110 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 27
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (934 reviews)
"Nice and comfortable place to stay"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Albuquerque/Downtown-University
Home2 Suites by Hilton Albuquerque/Downtown-University
2.5 out of 5
1660 University Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM
The price is $135 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 3
Located in the heart of Albuquerque, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of New Mexico ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (858 reviews)
"Very "up to date" and comfortable vibe..."

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Albuquerque/Downtown-University
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Uptown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Uptown
3 out of 5
7101 Arvada Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM
The price is $161 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Located in Uptown, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Winrock Shopping Center and ABQ Uptown. Tingley Coliseum is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (839 reviews)
"I would stay at this place every time"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Uptown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Albuquerque

Most people get around Albuquerque by car, and renting one is the best way to explore the city and its surroundings, given that taxis are expensive. The city is very sprawling, so walking everywhere is not viable, and while there are bus routes they are more useful for commuters than tourists. The Sandia Tram, Petroglyph National Monument and other popular attractions are best accessed by car. Visit the The New Mexico Department of Transportation website.Browse Albuquerque rental cars.

Best time to visit

Albuquerque is in the desert, and as such it has very hot summers, with average highs in July in the low 90s F (low 30s C). This time of year also sees frequent thunderstorms. The best time to visit is fall, when the weather is warm but not too hot, and you can attend popular festivals like the International Balloon Fiesta. During the winter, snow attracts skiers to the nearby Sandia Mountains.

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