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

The Querque Hotel
The Querque Hotel
3 out of 5
1760 Menaul Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87102
The price is $69 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Albuquerque. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (532 reviews)
"Alot of Homeless people lurking around. Sidewalks need to be cleaned & scrubbed down, outside trash cans were overflowing. Our room was still dirty, hair & hair ties still on da floors, dead bugs on floors, needed vacuuming. There was a weird noise coming from da sliding door, I got up to check on ..."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

The Querque Hotel
Baymont by Wyndham Albuquerque Airport
Baymont by Wyndham Albuquerque Airport
2.5 out of 5
2601 Mulberry St Se, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
The price is $97 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Albuquerque. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,785 reviews)
"Check in was quick and easy. The young man at check in was super polite. Quiet room. Location to get in and out of was nice. Will stay again!"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Albuquerque Airport
Comfort Suites Albuquerque Airport
Comfort Suites Albuquerque Airport
2.5 out of 5
1401 Woodward Road SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
The price is $104 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Albuquerque. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (381 reviews)
"Fatima was amazing and great customer service ❤️"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Comfort Suites Albuquerque Airport
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.
Danish Modern Luxury Mini Suite
Danish Modern Luxury Mini Suite
Albu, NM
The price is $102 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this apartment in Albuquerque. Enjoy free WiFi, a patio, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Balloon Fiesta Park and Old Town Plaza are located nearby. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Excellent all around. Tiny place, but everything that was needed was there. Definitely recommend.
"Perfect!"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Danish Modern Luxury Mini Suite
TownePlace Suites Albuquerque North
TownePlace Suites Albuquerque North
2.5 out of 5
5511 Office Blvd Ne, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
The price is $139 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 10
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Albuquerque. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (293 reviews)
"Bra behind the bathroom door when we checked in but everything else was perfect"

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

TownePlace Suites Albuquerque North
Towneplace Suites Abq Airport
Towneplace Suites Abq Airport
2.5 out of 5
2400 Centre Ave Se, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
The price is $116 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Albuquerque. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (305 reviews)
"Fantastic breakfast options every morning. Extremely responsive and friendly staff. Nice pool, but a bit small if many guests are trying to use it at the same time. Limited TV channels (fewer than typical at a hotel and no HBO). Very minor issue: towels were a bit worn and aging."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2022

Towneplace Suites Abq Airport
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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