Holidays to Albuquerque
In the middle of the New Mexico desert lies the vibrant metropolis of Albuquerque. This 18th century Spanish settlement was named after the Duke of Albuquerque and is nicknamed ‘The Duke City’. Over 160 years after the town was founded, the railroad arrived and the population boomed. The rich heritage of Albuquerque is interesting to explore and the beautiful landscape provides endless opportunities for outdoor activities. The famous Route 66 passes through the city, which is a great oasis for travellers on ‘The Mother Road’. With a welcoming, laid-back attitude and 310 days of sunshine in the year, there is no such thing as a bad time for a holiday in Albuquerque.
The old Spanish settlement is now called the Old Town, with traditional architecture and cobblestone streets. This is the ideal area for a stroll, with plenty of galleries, shops, museums and restaurants to explore. Two miles to the north, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center celebrates the people who have called the area home for thousands of years. To indulge your cultural side, take a trip to the KiMo Theatre which is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The striking Art Deco building was recently renovated to restore it to its 1920s glory.
Just outside Albuquerque is the Paso del Bosque, a walking and biking path that follows the Rio Grande river. This is one of the most important environmental areas in the south-western United States and has great opportunities for viewing the local wildlife. A tramway from the eastern edge of the city offers a ride to the summit of the nearby Sandia Mountains, where you can enjoy hiking in summer and skiing in winter. To experience local nature without leaving the city, visit the Rio Grande Botanical Gardens which are home to lush plants and many butterflies.
Hot air ballooning
The high altitude and desert environment makes Albuquerque a premier location for hot air ballooning. Take a holiday to Albuquerque in October and you can enjoy the International Balloon Fiesta, which attracts tens of thousands of people. For a week the skies are filled with hundreds of brightly coloured hot air balloons. This spectacular sight is one of the highlights of Albuquerque’s calendar, and there are balloon rides along with plenty of other events throughout the Fiesta.
Eating and drinking
The casual atmosphere of Albuquerque holidays extends to its dining scene, which is laid back with no dress code or stuffiness. There is plenty of good, inexpensive food available, particularly Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese offerings from the lively Asian communities. There is no shortage of drinking establishments in any area of town, and there is particular focus on micro-breweries and a wide range of beers on tap in most places.