Paseo del Bosque Trail#10 in Best Things To Do in Albuquerque
This 16-mile-long walking and biking path traces the Rio Grande River through central Albuquerque, passing major sites like Old Town and the ABQ 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.
Recent visitors loved the trail for its ease (it's mostly flat) and its convenient location near downtown. Though travelers strongly recommend walking or biking the trail, they also warn that it can get congested, especially on the weekends. If you get hungry along the trail, veer off the path at Central Avenue to indulge in any of the restaurants that line the avenue.
You can access the Paseo del Bosque Trail from several different areas of the city (although only some access points offer parking). Another thing to keep in mind: The only formal restroom facilities available on the trail are located at the Alameda access point on the southeast side of the Alameda bridge. The trail is open all day, every day, and there are no fees charged. For more information on parking and points of interest along the way, visit the City of Albuquerque's website.
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#1 Old Town Albuquerque
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. The stunning San Felipe de Neri Church – Albuquerque's oldest building – can also be found here.
Many visitors recommend spending a few hours wandering around Old Town, likening it to a less crowded (and more affordable) Santa Fe. Along with the interesting shops and restaurants, reviewers also loved the area's clean streets and talented street performers. However, if you're heading to Old Town in search of Southwestern souvenirs, recent shoppers advised watching out for knockoffs.
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