Visit Albuquerque, New Mexico, and experience a city that beckons visitors to return again and again. Once a visitor experiences the city, they feel the Southwestern welcome that this city affords.
The breathtaking scenery of Albuquerque makes the city an outdoor playground year round. It has four distinct seasons that are filled with sunshine. This temperate climate allows for a wide array of activities.
Hiking, biking, or hot air ballooning are some of the fun filled things that allow a visitor to enjoy the majestic mountains, foothills and the Rio Grande river area. In the Winter, these same mountains and foothills provide a mecca for skiing enthusiasts.
Albuquerque is the home for the International Balloon Festival in the Fall. This event brings thousands to the city to either balloon or watch the magnificent spectacle. If you are interested in getting a ride on one of these unusual conveyances, you can rent one year round in Albuquerque. Rates begin at $125 for a ride. Group rates are available. Some balloons take as many as 10 riders per basket. There are a number of safe and reliable companies that offer this service. Contact www.itsatrip.org for more information and prices. Reservations are always required.
If you are not brave enough to try ballooning, you can view the mountain peaks from air and helicopter tours, which are available year round, also.
The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway is a wonderful way to explore the Sandia Mountains from the air. The admission price is $35 for half day and $50 for the entire day . Senior discounts are available. Seniors over 70 ride free. For more information you can contact www.sandiapeak.com.
No visit to Albuquerque is complete without visiting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. At the Center a visitor can learn about New Mexico’s rich history. There are exhibits, art demonstrations, and native dancing that define the Pueblo culture. The native Indian jewelry , pottery, and textiles make perfect gifts for yourself and others. Each piece of art, jewelry, and pottery are unique and always hand made.
The Arts and Culture district of the town is a good place to see the various forms of Pueblo architecture.
The Alb Museum of Art and History is another place not to miss on your visit. It displays works of Pueblo potters, and Spanish colonial furnishings and crafts. The Sculpture Garden, located there, is a masterpiece that blends art and nature.
Old Town is a treat for any visitor. The architecture, galleries, and courtyards are filled with native flora. The scent of the blooms fill the air. Some of the finest restaurants in Albuquerque are located in Old Town.
The native cuisine is delicious. Blue corn tortillas are a staple here and are served in many different ways. They are used in pancakes and waffles for breakfast. They complement any meal, and are often served as an appetizer with dip.
Sopapillas are shaped like small pillows. They are deep fried and can be eaten drizzled with honey. These are served with a meal instead of bread.
Chiles are served on most foods. They are served with eggs, meatloaf, tuna salad and even hamburgers. They offer a spicy to hot taste to food. They come in red and green, and I am told that the color does not determine the taste.
Biscochitos are delicious butter cookies. They are known as the official New Mexico State cookie. The anise and cinnamon added to the butter mixture make their taste unique. They are available throughout the town in most restaurants as a dessert.
There are many fine restaurants to choose from in the downtown area and around the outskirts of Albuquerque. Most display a menu in the window, showing the visitor the fare of the day. If you don’t want Southwestern cuisine, there are many other choices. Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish, American, and some of the best steaks are served. Prices range from $5 for lunch to $15. Dinner entrees range from $10 to $35. For additional information and a map showing the location of the restaurants, contact the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-284-2282.
There are many hotels in the city. The Radisson Hotel has a 30,000 square foot water park on property. The Marriott is located in the heart of the business district. Embassy Suites, Best Western, and Days Inn are others that are located in the downtown area. Bed and breakfast inns are available throughout the district. To locate the various lodging properties, request “The Official Visitors Guide and Vacation Planner.” It contains a list of events, maps, and recommendations to make your Albuquerque stay a pleasant one.
No trip is complete without some shopping. Shopping in Albuquerque is a wonderful experience. Unique items, such as Native crafts, fine Indian jewelry, and silver treasures can be found throughout the city. Specialty shops line the streets of the town. Handmade Western boots, handcrafted furniture, and souvenirs are only a few of the choices afforded a tourist.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, is definitely a place to visit for a trip to remember. One visit is not enough to see the wonders that this town has to offer. The relaxed atmosphere of the area makes it a place for a tourist to relax and soak up the culture.
References: Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau