Exploring Albuquerque

Courtesy: New Mexico Bed & Breakfast Assoc.

Known as the Heart of New Mexico, Albuquerque offers a taste of everything. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers can take advantage of two miles of trails, departing from the Rio Grande Nature Center and traveling along the river. A state-of-the-art aquarium adjoins the Botanical Garden along the river's edge in the bosque, where the cottonwoods and red willows provide shade and shelter for wildlife in the center of town. The Sandia and Manzano mountains frame the city's east and southern boundaries.

Sip a drink al fresco at the Old Town Plaza. Take the world's longest, single-span, aerial tramway up to Sandia Peak for an 11,000-square-mile panorama. Travel down Old Route 66 with a stop at historic Kimo Theatre. View more than 1,000 hot air balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta each fall. 

The Church of San Felipe de Neri overlooks the central place of Old Town Albuquerque, where visitors rest before exploring the 130 shops, galleries and restaurants on the narrow back streets.

Explore 4.6 billion years of history at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Then see the contemporary and traditional history and art exhibitions at the nearby Albuquerque Museum. You may also want to save time for Explora!, the science center and children's museum.

Another unique sight are the 15,000 petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument in the late afternoon or early morning, and to take the ranger-guided tours. Another must-see is the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, owned and operated by the 19 pueblo tribes of New Mexico. Just 60 miles west of Albuquerque is the Pueblo of Acoma. Located on a 365-foot mesa, the "Sky City" is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States.