Visiting Albuquerque allows you to experience the authentic Southwest. One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Albuquerque boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Native American, Hispanic & Latino, Anglo and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life.
You’ll always feel you’re someplace special when you’re eating at one of our traditional New Mexican restaurants, shopping at one of our more than 3,000 shops and galleries, or enjoying our world-class visual and performing arts or playing on the best golf courses in the Southwest. Nowhere is the confluence of past and present more dramatic than here in Albuquerque, where the modern city skyline is set against a backdrop of the ancient Sandia Mountains and an endless, timeless blue sky , perfect for a mountain cabin vacation.
When visiting Albuquerque, youll find its spectacular weather , 310 days of sunshine – perfect for outdoor activities, including biking, skiing and playing on some of the countrys best golf courses. Our unique weather features also make Albuquerque the hot air ballooning capital of the world. Balloons dot our clear blue skies almost every morning, revealing a myriad of colors year-round. While visiting Albuquerque at night, youll notice the city is bathed in the glow of neon signs, relics of Albuquerque’s place on historic Route 66. Locals and visitors kick up their heels in our bustling downtown entertainment district, go out for a night of entertainment by one of our international theater and dance companies, or visit one of the many casinos surrounding the metropolitan area.
Discover some of the best golf courses in America. Experience total relaxation with a mountain cabin vacation. Float over the beautiful Southwest scenery in a hot air balloon. No matter what your adventure, the spectacular culture, abundance of activities and breathtaking landscape that are uniquely Albuquerque await!
Come experience the spectacular culture, abundance of activities and breathtaking landscape that are uniquely Albuquerque!
Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population was 518,271 as of July 1, 2007 and ranks as the 34th-largest city in the U.S.
Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Kirtland Air Force Base as well as the Sandia National Laboratories and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south.
Albuquerque and the surrounding mountainous terrain is a paradise for hikers and bikers. Varying levels of trails crisscross the Sandia and Manzano Mountains for Albuquerque hiking or mountain biking. Not into heights? Venture out on the interconnected trail system throughout the city. The Paseo del Bosque Bike Trail is an easily accessible 15-mile route enjoyed by walkers, runners, cyclists, inline skaters and even horseback riders. Walkers and hikers can also take a historic hike through Petroglyph National Monument on the west side of the city. Camping in Albuquerque is another possibility.
Road cyclists take advantage of bike lanes throughout Albuquerque as well as miles of open road surrounding the city. Challenging elevation changes plus dramatic scenic vistas with flats and hills make New Mexico a haven for cycling. Runners – including several Olympic distance runners – also take advantage of the benefits of altitude training in Albuquerque.
With sunny weather all year ’round, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy their favorite activities during all four seasons in Albuquerque. During winter months, Sandia Peak offers skiing and snowboarding just minutes from the city. And dont forget year-round golf. Golfers love the variation among Albuquerques 14 area golf courses that appeal to every skill level. Their favorite part is the value of the green fees at top-rated courses.
Whatever you do, be sure to stay well-hydrated. The mild temperatures can be deceiving and the high elevation may take its toll on unsuspecting adventurers.