"ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO" Albuquerque by MarkJochim

Albuquerque Travel Guide: 773 reviews and 1,599 photos

More Than Just Balloons

Albuquerque has been called one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, yet most people are only familiar with the annual Balloon Fiesta, held every October.

There are many attractions to delight the traveler. Every April sees the Gathering Of Nations: North America's biggest Native American pow wow. In 2003, it will celebrate it's 20th anniversary.

Albuquerque also boasts the world's longest jigback passenger tramway which travels 2.7 miles to a height of 10,378 feet.

We also have a world-class Botanical Garden and Aquarium, a wide variety of museums (including the National Atomic Museum and the American International Rattlesnake Museum), as well as the Petroglyph National Monument.

The cultural diversity is represented by Albuquerque's location of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Among the different cuisines represented in the city are Japanese, Thai, Afghani, French, and - of course - New Mexican restaurants.

A wide variety of architecture is to be found here - from the historic San Felipe de Neri Church (dating from 1706) and former Spanish haciendas circling the Old Town Plaza to the art deco-style KiMo Theater to the modern Federal Court House.

Join me, fellow Virtual Tourist, to discover the many surprises of Albuquerque - more than just balloons!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Many things to see and do; lots of sunshine
  • Cons:Poor traffic; rising crime
  • In a nutshell:Great place to visit and live.
  • Intro Updated Mar 26, 2003
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  • Ken_Weaver's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2004 at 11:16 PM

    Will be in Albq in two weeks..great info , I m excited about coming !

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2003 at 6:46 PM

    Thanks for the tips!

  • davequ's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2003 at 3:31 PM

    I miss Abq much. Used to play music there in '70s. I REALLY miss the green chili & best "mexican" food on the planet. Nice pages. Please keep goin' and please get in2 some nitelife if there's any left.

  • smoox's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2003 at 1:57 AM

    You have so much to tell about the place - itīs almost like being there again. Keep up the good job!

  • truus_s's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2003 at 12:07 AM

    Looks a great place to visit!!Good info..nice photos!!

  • ayers_rock_where's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2003 at 11:05 AM

    i must go back .... maybe i need to look again i didnt find it enjoyable my last visit.... your page has made me think try again lol

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2003 at 12:03 AM

    Looking great, I'll come back to see more. :-)


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