10 Best Things To Do In Albuquerque, New Mexico
Being New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque has a lot going for it! With oodles of history, gorgeous cafes and some stunning natural spots just outside the city itself, it’s the kind of place that’s amazing for a city break. In fact, there’s a heap of the best things to do in Albuquerque that are perfect to include as part of a wider trip to explore New Mexico’s best spots.
We totally loved our road trip through New Mexico and had the best time exploring the state! From taking a gander at all the aliens in Roswell to visiting Flagstaff and the great outdoors, it’s the kind of state that’s got a little something for every type of traveller.
This is exactly why I wanted to share some totally epic places to visit in Albuquerque that you really shouldn’t miss.
Take a look, below, at the best things to do in Albuquerque. Have a great time!
Taking place annually, the International Balloon Fiesta is one of the best things to do in Albuquerque if you’re visiting in early October. You see, it’s the largest hot air balloon festival in North America (if not, the world) with hundreds of balloons taking to the skies above the city.
During the 9-day festival, you’ll be able to ride the balloons, see the most amazing firework displays and watch the mass ascension (which is incredible).
Though don’t fret if you’re not visiting in October, you can still get your ballon fix by heading to the
Without any arduous climbs, the Sandia Peak Tramway will take you up over ten thousand feet
Also, if you’re something of a winter sports lover, then make sure to visit when the ski runs on Sandia Peak are open. Plus, they have a rental service so you don’t need to cart all your ski gear to
Afterwards, take a trip over to The Candy Lady for their homemade fudge that’s too delicious to miss.
One of the best things to do in Albuquerque, the Museum is a must-visit whilst exploring the city. Housing thousands of exhibits, it focuses on the rich history of the American Southwest and the wider region around Albuquerque itself.
You might even get to see some of their exhibitions featuring works of art from the greats like; Frida Khalo and modernist art that’s so incredible to see.
Honestly, you can easily spend a whole day here so plan your timing wisely. You won’t want to rush a visit here.
Once here, you’ll get to explore the park and learn more about the ecosystem and ecology of this really special place.
Now, although the park might seem quite small (something like 40-acres), it’s got a heap of trails that pass by and are easily explored by foot or bike. For instance, the Paseo del Bosque Trail is totally easy to jump on from the nature centre that stretches for over fifteen miles.
Plus, it’s really easy to partner with a trip to the Petroglyph National Monument that’s just a stone’s throw away!
Perched right on the fringes of Old Town Albuquerque, it’s totally easy to visit.
Possibly Alberquerue’s oldest (still standing) buildings, the San Felipe de Neri is a must-visit spot if you’re interested in the centuries of history within the city.
Okay, so Taos Pueblo might not be within Albuquerque but it’s well worth a day trip to this historic city!
Nestled around 2.5-hours from downtown Albuquerque, Taos Pueblo is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 1-millennia of history to see.
Today, it’s a Native American community that’s still present and active in maintaining the history and culture of Taos Pueblo and a great place to learn more about the vast and long Native American history in New Mexico.
Once here, be sure to wander around the city, visit the independent stalls and businesses and learn more through the morning footraces. It’s incredible.
Afterwards, don’t forget to take a gander to the San Francisco de Asis Church that’s stood for centuries. It’s around a 15-minute drive from the Hlauuma and Hlaukwima Houses of Taos Pueblo and really easy to spot.
Situated right in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, Poco A Poco Plaza is a great little place for a gander whilst strolling the streets of the historic centre.
Here, you’ll find a mix of galleries, cafes and little trinket spots that are too good to miss.
Plus, you can easily partner this up with a wider trip to the Natural History Museum or the nearby Explora Museum.
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