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Albuquerque Travel Guide: 773 reviews and 1,599 photos

Spectacular Vistas and Unique Culture

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is in the Rio Grande river valley at the base of the Sandia Mountains. There are many interesting things to see and do in this area, including Santa Fe, Acoma "Sky City" Pueblo, mountain forests and streams, and in October the largest hot air balloon fiesta in the world. Not only do I love living here, but internet friends who have visited love it too. Ride up the Sandia Peak Tramway, have dinner, and see beautiful sunsets. You can ski down in the winter. See my Albuquerque travelogues for information and pictures for trips out of Albuquerque in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. For a virtual tour try VirtualAlbuquerque.

Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico

Historic Santa Fe is only an hour's drive away. See my Santa Fe travel tips for more information. Many other parts of northern New Mexico are also very interesting. See my New Mexico, Madrid and Questa pages for things to see, for places to eat, and for the unique cultural experiences available in the area.

It Can Snow

Albuquerque has definite seasons including the winter snows and the July-August "rainy" season. The snow does not last in Albuquerque for more than a couple of days but there is snow skiing in the nearby mountains. If they have snow, the nearest downhill and cross-country skiing areas on Sandia Peak are only 45 minutes driving or an even shorter tram ride away. Ski Santa Fe is 1.5 hours and Taos Ski Valley is 2.5 hours from Albuquerque. There are also several other ski resorts in northern New Mexico.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Tricultural; near many interesting places; nice weather at sometime during the day year-round; many good restaurants
  • Cons:Spring winds and hot before the rains come in July
  • In a nutshell:Great place to live but hard to spell Albuquerque
  • Last visit to Albuquerque: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Mar 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Great tip on El Comedor de Anayas~ I have basically grew up in Albuquerque and never heard of it! Can you believe it? I will definately have to check it out!

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    Feb 9, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Beautiful photos! I want to visit you someday, haha!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    It looks like a nice place to visit and take in the sceneery and Biopark seems enticing.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    I'm getting hungry looking at the restaurant recommendations. Have to agree with you on Padillas and Los Cuates. When family comes to visit me they always bring a nice bag of tortillas from the Frontier:) regards from Washington

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Have posted a meet for 2 November. Chose Hotel Blue because of free shuttle between Old Town, airport and hotel. Gillybob greetings

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Don't have any trip planned in the near future, but you never know! I like the orangey-red color of the houses.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    My memories of Albuquerque include some snow - we took our kids on a great trip around the southwest one January. A'que to Santa Fe, Taos, on to Colorado, Arizona and Utah - fantastic!!

  • Bubba2152's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Try their Summer Sage and Jemez Blush. Excellent!

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    More than just good tips, great ones that show Albuqurerque as a real attraction. Hot air balloons, kalaidescopes, and dinosaurs--can't get much better than that. Thanks for the welcome delay on our way through. 4 days enough?

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    congratulations for having taken part in the HomeTown heroes contest by VT!

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