Sandia Peak Tramway#7 in Best Things To Do in Albuquerque
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 Valley and the Land of Enchantment – you can see up to 11,000 square miles on a clear day – not to mention some excellent hiking trails and, during the winter, snow-covered ski slopes. Sandia Peak's summit hosts several restaurants that offer dinner with a side of spectacular views.
Recent riders agreed that the tramway is a must-do for Albuquerque visitors and strongly recommended hopping on the tram at sunset for the incredible vantage point. Travelers also suggested hiking along the trails once you get to the top of the peak. Another tip from reviewers: wear layers; the top of the mountain is much cooler (as much as 30 degrees) than the base.
The previous restaurant at the top of the tram is now closed and a new one is planned to open in the spring of 2019. For more information, check out the tramway's website.
The Sandia Peak Tramway runs every day from 9 a.m. to 9 or 9 p.m., depending on the season. Rides cost $25 round-trip for adults, $20 for students ages 13 to 20, $15 for kids ages 5 to 12 and free for kids ages 4 and younger. The best way to get to the tram, which is located about 16 miles northeast of downtown Albuquerque, is by car.
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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. 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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