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AlbuquerqueUnited States of America

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

Downtown Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Downtown Albuquerque

3.5/5Good!(704 area reviews)

Downtown Albuquerque is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to El Rey Theater and Sunshine Theater while you're in town.

Downtown Albuquerque
Petroglyph National Monument featuring mountains

Westside

3.5/5Good!(799 area reviews)

Westside is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Petroglyph National Monument, a top place to visit in the area.

Westside
Autumn at the top of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, NM is not to be missed if you happen to visit at just the right time.  Hope you're not afraid of heights.  

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Northeast Heights

3.5/5Good!(1,327 area reviews)

While visiting Northeast Heights, you might make a stop by sights like ABQ Uptown and Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway.

Northeast Heights
Sandia peak looking east at a heavy storm rolling in.

Uptown

4/5Very Good!(323 area reviews)

Travelers to Uptown praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by ABQ Uptown and Coronado Center.

Uptown
The international Balloon Fiesta 2015, it's a sight to see! and great festival to check off the bucket list!

Nob Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Unique features of Nob Hill include the restaurants and shopping. Make a stop by Mariposa Gallery or Aux Dog Theater while you're exploring the area.

Nob Hill
Lifting off at the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Great experience.

North Valley

Mountain views and breweries are just a few things travelers like about North Valley. A stop by Adobe Theater is also recommended if you've got time to explore the area.

North Valley

Top Hotels in Albuquerque

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Baymont by Wyndham Albuquerque Airport
Baymont by Wyndham Albuquerque Airport
2.5 out of 5
2601 Mulberry St Se, Albuquerque, NM
The price is $64 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Isotopes Park and 2 mi (3.2 km) from University of New Mexico. University Stadium and Puerto Del ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,185 reviews)

"Very clean, well located and overall pleasant place. Would definitely recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Baymont by Wyndham Albuquerque Airport
Best Western Airport Albuquerque InnSuites Hotel & Suites
Best Western Airport Albuquerque InnSuites Hotel & Suites
2.5 out of 5
2400 Yale Blvd Se, Albuquerque, NM
The price is $79 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Puerto Del Sol Golf Course and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from University of New Mexico. University Stadium ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,169 reviews)

"Very clean place , safe place , good location a lot of restaurants close"…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Best Western Airport Albuquerque InnSuites Hotel & Suites
Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport
Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport
3 out of 5
1400 Sunport Place SE, Albuquerque, NM
The price is $84 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Isotopes Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from University of New Mexico. University of New Mexico Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,317 reviews)

"All my request were met. The room was clean and the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport

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.

Popular places to visit in Albuquerque

Balloon Fiesta Park
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Balloon Fiesta Park

4.5/5(287 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Balloon Fiesta Park, a popular green space in Albuquerque. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its lively festivals.

University of New Mexico
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University of New Mexico

4.5/5(504 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to University of New Mexico, a top college in Albuquerque. Experience the area's acclaimed art scene and lively festivals.

Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway
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Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway

4.5/5(494 reviews)

Learn about the history of Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway, one of the top monuments in Albuquerque. Discover the top-notch restaurants and lively festivals in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Albuquerque Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

$169
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Albuquerque's Ghost Walk: The GHOST Tour of Old Town
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Albuquerque's Ghost Walk: The GHOST Tour of Old Town

$27
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Guided Hot Air Balloon Tour
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Guided Hot Air Balloon Tour

$199
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Urban Adventure Quest - Albuquerque
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Urban Adventure Quest - Albuquerque

$19
Per adult
12pm History, Legends & Lore Tour - Guided Old Town Stroll
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12pm History, Legends & Lore Tour - Guided Old Town Stroll

$27
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Mezcla de Culturas A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town
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Mezcla de Culturas A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town

$75
Per adult

Reviews of Albuquerque

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 47.85568413886998%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 20.064669843430906%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.5357385976855005%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.514635806671205%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Only passing through

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

It was nice just a small desert city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

I like Albuquerque, the people are great ,worst experience ive ever had at the Ramada

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

They are ok here at motel.. Tp much people here

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

ABQ is an ok city. It definitely did not wow me. It truly reminds me as a blue collar working city almost like a Pittsburgh but without all the sunshine. Lot's of homeless people all over the city. I personally would not live here. Weather is ok!

3/5 - Okay

Mr.Honest

May 30, 2020

Albuquerque is an ok city. Lot's of homeless people around the city.

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