This sunny Southwestern city says “Bienvenido!”
Visitors to Albuquerque experience the authentic Southwest. As one of the oldest cities in the U.S., Albuquerque boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Native American, Hispanic, Latino, Anglo and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life. You’ll always feel you’re someplace special when you’re eating at a traditional New Mexican restaurant, shopping at one of more than 3,000 shops and galleries, enjoying world-class visual or performing arts or taking in the great outdoors. Nowhere in America is the confluence of past and present more dramatic than in Albuquerque. Even better, Albuquerque boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
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Pueblo Cultural Center
Indian Markets and Retail Shops
Another way to learn about Native American communities is to explore their many arts and crafts including silver and turquoise jewelry, pottery, drums, carvings, clothing and weavings. Discover authentic Native American-made items—often at lower prices than other Southwestern cities—but be sure to ask for a certificate of authenticity. Historic Old Town is a great place to buy directly from artisans under the portal, but there are shops scattered throughout the city that sell authentic Native American arts and crafts, such as Skip Maisel’s Indian Jewelry at 510 Central Ave. SW, a highly regarded shop.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
Located at the edge of Old Town, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History hosts a spectacular collection of cultural items from the past 400 years. It is a place where the visitor not only gains a better understanding of Albuquerque’s history but about European settlement in the entire Southwest. Displaying suits of Spanish armor, historic woodcarvings and the more modern art of Georgia O’Keeffe, the museum also hosts traveling and temporary exhibits.
Still Kicking on Route 66
Locally owned shops dominate historic Nob Hill, a mile-long bustling shopping district bookended with neon arches and filled with eclectic boutiques, hip bistros and chic galleries. This stretch of Central Avenue is a paean to midcentury-modern retro style.
University of New Mexico
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
Best of ABQ Tours
One of the best ways to see Albuquerque’s top attractions is via a bus tour by ABQ Trolley Co. Learn all sorts of little-known facts such as the many palate-pleasing uses of red and green chiles or practice the thundering call of the University of New Mexico Lobo. Discover film locations of major motion pictures and television including Breaking Bad. The Best of ABQ City Tour covers it all pretty much.
Where to Stay
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Located downtown, this hotel offers easy access to everything the city has to offer. Rooms from $107/night. Complimentary shuttle service is available to guests linking attractions, shopping, dining and entertainment within a three-mile radius.
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Luxurious accommodations within walking distance of most Old Town attractions. Flamenco dancing on the weekends. Rooms from $179/night.
A renovated historic hotel downtown. Spectacular lobby. Rooms from $179/night.
Mauger Estate Bed & Breakfast
Stay in a lovely Queen Anne mansion downtown. Great for business and leisure travelers. Rooms from $107/night.
Red Horse Vineyard B&B
An oasis in the desert and a destination in itself, complete with pool. Rooms from $115/night.
Where to Dine
If you want the classic Albuquerque cuisine with a choice of red or green chiles, then two places in Old Town will fill the bill. Servers at La Placita and the Church Street Café all will all ask the classic Albuquerque question: “Red or green?” If you want both just say “Christmas.”
Locals love the Artichoke Café, which offers New American and Continental cuisine. You can’t have red or green for every meal.
For a truly special meal, The Antiquity Café has created a niche of quality in its small but inviting interior. Fresh locally sourced ingredients and wonderful service stand out.