Albuquerque Travel Guide

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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 San Felipe de Neri Parish, the city's oldest building. If your history quota isn't filled, 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 Trail or relishing the views from the Sandia Peak Tramway.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated April 10, 2018

  • #1
    Old Town
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    #1 in Albuquerque
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    For more than 300 years, both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this neighborhood (this is the site of the original city settlement in 1706). Anchored by the central plaza, Old Town's cobblestone streets are filled with brightly colored adobe huts that now house galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops.

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  • #2
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
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    #2 in Albuquerque
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    Festivals
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    The city's dry climate is ideal for hot air ballooning, and so during the first week of October every year, thousands flock to Albuquerque to experience the International Balloon Fiesta. For a full week, the sky fills withalmost 600brightly colored balloons, which launch every morning from the78-acre Balloon Fiesta Park in

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  • #3
    ABQ BioPark
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    #3 in Albuquerque
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    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
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    Sitting along the Rio Grande River just southeast ofOld Town, theABQ BioPark is the ideal venue for a relaxing day spent outdoors and a must-see, according to recent visitors. This massive park is home to four distinct attractions: an aquarium, a botanic garden, a zoo and Tingley Beach. The aquarium is

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    San Felipe de Neri Church
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    #4 in Albuquerque
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    Sitting on the north edge ofOld Town's plaza, the San Felipe de Neri Church, originally founded in 1706, was the first Roman Catholic Church erected in Albuquerque. The structure that stands today was completed in 1793 (one year after the original building collapsed) and has expanded over the centuries to

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    Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
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    Long before the Spanish conquistadors made their way to New Mexico, the region was home to numerous tribes of Pueblo people. Today, the cultures of these indigenous tribes are preserved at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Located about 2 miles northeast ofOld Town, this educational facility of Pueblo art and

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    The Albuquerque Museum
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    For an in-depth look at Albuquerque's rich cultural heritage, take a few hours to explore the Albuquerque Museum. Sitting on the eastern edge ofOld Town, this spaceis home to an impressive collection of historic artifacts detailing the city's past; some of the more notable objects include a 19th-century chapel and

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    Sandia Peak Tramway
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    #7 in Albuquerque
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    For excellent views of Albuquerque and the nearby Sandia Mountains, take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway. Cable cars carry passengers nearly 3 miles along a suspended cable between eastern Albuquerque and the 10,378-foot-high summit of Sandia Peak. Once at the top, visitors relish the views of the Rio Grande

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  • #8
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
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    #8 in Albuquerque
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    Neighboring theAlbuquerque Museumon the outskirts ofOld Town, this museum educates visitors on 12 billion years of natural history. Highlights include the display on the Jurassic era that features life-size replicas of dinosaur skeletons, and "The Hall of the Stars," which attempts to explain how the night sky is organized via a

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    Petroglyph National Monument
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    #9 in Albuquerque
    Hiking, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you're interested in (very) early American history, take a trip to the west side of the Rio Grande River where you'll find Petroglyph National Monument. This 7,236-acre park is home to more than 24,000 carved images left behind by New Mexico's first settlers. 

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  • #10
    Paseo del Bosque Trail
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    #10 in Albuquerque
    Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This 16-mile-long walking and biking path traces the Rio Grande River through central Albuquerque, passing major sites likeOld Townand theABQ BioPark. It also features public art and a variety of wildlife. The trail is uninterrupted by road crossings, making it a great option for exploring the city sans traffic.

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  • The Turquoise Museum
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    Open since 1993, The Turquoise Museum is a fantastic place to go and learn all about the history of mining and crafting turquoise. The museum has a lot of information on the best turquoise mines in the country, how to tell different types of turquoise apart, how to tell fake

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  • Hot Air Balloon Tour
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  • Casa Rondena Winery
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