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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

4/5Very Good!(3 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

2/5(2 area reviews)

Westside is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Petroglyph National Monument, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

Westside
Northeast Heights, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Northeast Heights

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Northeast Heights, ABQ Uptown and Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway are top sights worth seeing.

Northeast Heights
Uptown, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Uptown

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Uptown is known for its popular shops, and with sights like ABQ Uptown and Coronado Center, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Albuquerque.

Uptown
Nob Hill, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Nob Hill

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
North Valley, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

North Valley

Visitors to North Valley like its mountain views and breweries, and Adobe Theater is a sight worth a stop.

North Valley

Top hotels in Albuquerque

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
3 out of 5
54 Jemez Canyon Dam Rd, Bernalillo, NM

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! (2,234 reviews)

"Very nice casino/hotel outside Albuquerque. We enjoyed our room, the casino and the breakfast buffet during our stay. Would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albuquerque Midtown
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albuquerque Midtown
2.5 out of 5
900 Medical Arts Ave Ne, Albuquerque, NM
£41
per night
8 Apr-9 Apr

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tricklock Company and Albuquerque Convention Center. University of New Mexico and Old Town Plaza ...

3.6/5Good! (4,179 reviews)

"It was inexpensive, clean, had been updated since our last time there. I had a hospital procedure and the hotel was close by the hospital Even though we had to leave before breakfast was ready we were offered something to eat. We will stay there again if the need arises."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albuquerque Midtown
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Albuquerque West
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Albuquerque West
2.5 out of 5
6101 Iliff Rd Nw, Albuquerque, NM
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£69
per night
10 Apr-11 Apr

Located in Westside, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, ABQ BioPark Aquarium and Albuquerque Biological Park. Tingley Beach is ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,944 reviews)

"Everything was great and comfortable. I just wish it had been a little warmer to enjoy the pool!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Albuquerque West

Popular things to do in Albuquerque

Balloon Fiesta Park
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Balloon Fiesta Park

5/5(1 review)

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 acclaimed art galleries.

University of New Mexico
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University of New Mexico

Enjoy the student vibe with a visit to University of New Mexico, a top university in Albuquerque. Experience the area's fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries.

Old Town Plaza
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Old Town Plaza

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Find out about the history of Old Town Plaza, a well-known monument in Old Town Albuquerque. Discover the area's acclaimed art galleries and popular zoo.

Top activities in Albuquerque

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

96% of travellers recommend
£146
Per adult
ABQ Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride
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ABQ Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride

84% of travellers recommend
£146
Per adult
Albuquerque's Ghost Walk: The GHOST Tour of Old Town
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Albuquerque's Ghost Walk: The GHOST Tour of Old Town

96% of travellers recommend
£22
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest - Albuquerque
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Urban Adventure Quest - Albuquerque

£16
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of New Mexico
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of New Mexico

£9
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of New Mexico
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of New Mexico

£9
Per adult

Reviews of Albuquerque

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Out of season in march. Some places were closed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Aug 2019

Exiting I-25 to turn left on Eubank Blvd is dangerous, as two signs say there are 2 lanes for exit but in fact there’s just one. This is only evident at the last second.

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