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Best Things To Do in Albuquerque

Start your visit off with a tour of Old Town, the epicenter of Albuquerque. This 10-block neighborhood is a living tribute to the city's Native American and Spanish heritage. Explore the Southwestern art galleries housed in ancient adobe structures and stop by the stunning Church of San Felipe de Neri, the city's oldest building. If your history quota isn't filled, then spend some time at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History or the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Just don't miss your chance to enjoy New Mexico's great outdoors: Devote a few hours to strolling the Paseo del Bosque or relishing the views from the Sandia Peak Tramway.

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#1
Old Town Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For more than 300 years, both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this neighborhood (this is the site ... read more»

#2
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The city's dry climate is ideal for hot-air ballooning, and so on the first week of every October, thousands ... read more»

#3
Albuquerque Biological Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting along the Rio Grande River just southeast of Old Town, the Albuquerque Biological Park is the ideal venue for ... read more»

#4
Church of San Felipe de Neri Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting on the north edge of Old Town's plaza, the Church of San Felipe de Neri, originally founded in ... read more»

#5
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Long before the Spanish conquistadors made their way to New Mexico, the region was home to numerous tribes of Pueblo ... read more»

#6
Paseo del Bosque Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This 16-mile long walking and biking path traces the Rio Grande River through central Albuquerque, passing major sites like Old ... read more»

#7
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For an in-depth look at Albuquerque's rich cultural heritage, take a few hours to explore the Albuquerque Museum of ... read more»

#8
Sandia Peak Tramway
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For excellent views of Albuquerque and the nearby Sandia Mountains, take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway. Cable cars ... read more»

#9
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Neighboring the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History on the outskirts of Old Town, this museum educates visitors on 12 ... read more»

#10
Petroglyph National Monument
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're interested in (very) early American history, take a trip to the west side of the Rio Grande ... read more»

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