What To Know Before You Go To Albuquerque
New Mexico is, by all accounts, one of the most magical places to visit not only in the U.S. but the world. That’s why it’s dubbed “The Land of Enchantment,” and one of the first places you’re likely to go during a trip there is to one of the main cities, Albuquerque.
As an example, you could fly into the city and rent an RV through Outdoorsy and then plan the rest of your trip through the state from there.
The following are a few things to know about visiting Albuquerque and New Mexico in general.
Take a Balloon Ride
Albuquerque is considered the capital of hot air ballooning for the entire world, so if you get an opportunity to visit the city, you shouldn’t miss this.
It’s perfect for this activity thanks to the air currents from the Sandia Mountains, as well as the cool weather in the mornings.
The city is home to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October, but it’s not uncommon to see these colorful balloons floating through the air year-round.
The weather in this city is one of the many things to love about it. There are more than 300 days of sun a year, and thanks to its high elevation, the evenings are cool and pleasant. This makes it an ideal place for outdoor activities no matter when you’re visiting.
There are surrounding mountains where you can bike or hike, including not only the Sandia but also the Manzano ranges.
There’s also an urban trail system called the Paseo del Bosque Trail if you’d rather stay more centrally located.
If you don’t bring your own bike you can rent one locally and take a guided tour through certain areas of the city, or head for the mountains.
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
A can’t miss attraction in Albuquerque is the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, which climbs nearly three miles to the peak of the mountains.
It’s the best way to see the city and the natural beauty of the area, especially at sunset.
Old Town is the historic center of Albuquerque. This area was settled by the Spanish, which you’ll see in the adobe buildings that have been around for centuries.
These beautiful examples of Spanish architecture are now home to restaurants, shops, and galleries.
There’s also a plaza in the center of Old Town where there are regular events and festivals.
There is quite an impressively preserved stretch of Route 66 to check out if you’re visiting Albuquerque. It runs along Central Avenue, and you’ll see the neon signs you would expect, and a funky mix of shops and eateries.
Finally, there are so many day trips that you can enjoy from Albuquerque, which makes it the perfect hub for a New Mexico Trip.
There’s Acoma Pueblo that is one of the longest continuously inhabited communities in the entire country. There’s also the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway that goes to Santa Fe.
Another day trip option from Albuquerque is the Bandelier National Monument, and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.