For travelers who are considering vacationing in Albuquerque, New Mexico; here is the information you need to know and be aware of when you come to visit the Land of Enchantment.
The Albuquerque International Sunport – It is the largest commercial airport in New Mexico, but if you are used to navigating larger airports like Hobby in Houston or another larger airport; then the Sunport will offer little in the way of confusion or congestion. The biggest traffic jams always occur at security, but once you are through, the terminals are laid out well and you won’t get lost. It would be next to impossible. If someone is meeting you at the airport for pick-up, then have them park or wait in the cell phone waiting area. The airport is very strict about parking curbside and if you linger there, they will ask you to move on or circle back around the parking garage to get back to the pick-up area. If you are renting a car, the rental facilities are not located in the terminal; you have to take a shuttle over to the rental car service counters.
Driving in Albuquerque – Traffic is not a problem in Albuquerque for the most part. The traffic is minimal in comparison with larger cities, small town folks may find it a bit congested though. There are a lot of bike lanes in Albuquerque, so you need to be aware of them and the bike riders. Albuquerque has a hands-free law so you will need to have a bluetooth headset if you want to talk and drive. DWI checkpoints are plentiful, especially during New Mexico’s 100 Days and Nights of Summer DWI Enforcement Program. This is a major crackdown time on drunk driving, speeding and seatbelt compliance; so be aware you may be stopped, drinking or not.
New Mexico Food – The food in Albuquerque is like that in the rest of New Mexico, hot. Chiles are a big crop for New Mexico and they are used liberally in the cooking. If you have an aversion to spicy food, then you should know to ask for your meal without them. Instead of asking if you want chiles, you will most likely be asked if you want red or green? Restaurant menus are overflowing with dishes containing these spicy capsicums. Sometimes it will be difficult to find many dishes that are prepared without them.
We’re Hot, But We’re Cold – The weather in Albuquerque is hot, but at night the temperatures can drop because we are in the desert. And even when it is sunny out, the wind can make a jacket a necessity. So, pack appropriately for the temperature changes.
City of Albuquerque – Albuquerque International Sunport
Wikipedia – Capsicum
KRQE.com – ‘100 Days’ Nabs Fewer DWIs in ABQ Area, Jim Winchester
100 Days and Nights of Summer