Albuquerque Travel Guide

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Albuquerque Things to Do

  • Old Town

    4 out of 5 stars

    Very quaint center with restaurants, jewelry stores, art galleries and specialty shops. The decor is bright colors with chili peppers and cacti. Definitely, have some New Mexico cuisine because it is amazingly flavorful.

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  • Sandia Peak

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest in the WORLD! And, it feels like it! It's an amazing experience. Getting up to the peak isn't difficult but coming back down (for some reason) takes a while. Maybe it was the time of day that we went (close to 5pm). There is a restaurant at the peak if you think you might like to get something to eat. I was...

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  • Balloon Fiesta

    Everyone descends on my hometown once a year for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It's a busy time for the Duke City. Pretty much every hotel is full and the highways are crazy with cars! Now, the big thing that manages to ruin Balloon Fiesta can be the weather. The first week of October is usually when the Fiesta is held,...

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Albuquerque Restaurants

  • Mexican food in downtown

    It is very well located, with nice decoration and frescoes with the history of Alburquerque. Burritos

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  • New Mexico Cuisine

    This might not be the best restaurant in town but I enjoyed my meal. The chili sauces are so flavorful. The decor is typical of New Mexico and located in old town Albuquerque makes for an idyllic setting. I ordered a dish with Sopapillas which seems like a puffed up pastry of tortilla and it was filled with pork. It was delish! Then after we were...

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  • Jackie Chan's Favorite Albuquerque...

    ChopstiX took the location of Taeja's and always has had good, authentic, northern Chinese food. Their lunch specials are very good value ($5.75 - $5.95), so it is very busy for lunch. My favorite server, Add, worked there full time until her son was born and now just part time. She happens to be Thai but nevermind. She does a great job and is...

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Albuquerque Nightlife

  • Downtown

    Burt's has been a staple on the downtown scene for years now. You can catch a whole bunch of live bands, mostly alternative and a bit of everything in between. This is a pretty chill place and it's at it's most chillest in between 9:30 and 10:30 PM. This is before the crowds come in and the place gets bumper to bumper. The inside is very much how...

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  • Nob Hill

    It's hard to pick a theme for this place. Yes it's a nightclub. Yes it's a cigar bar. Yes it's for people watching. And yes, there's live music at select times. It's Imbibe! One of my new favorite places to chill with a friend or two. I never showed much Nob Hill until this year. Since it's near the University of New Mexico, Nob Hill tends to...

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  • Heights Scene

    Graham Central Station is a unique club with four different venues in the same building. The biggest room is "Diamonds and Denim," featuring country music. The next biggest room is "South Beach," featuring hiphop and salsa. If you are into the 60s and 70s music, go to "Bellbottoms. " If you have aspirations of being a singing star, go to "Alley...

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Albuquerque Transportation

  • Trains & Buses

    Albuquerque is a transport hub for New Mexico, here you can take Amtrak's Southwest Chief service which travels west to Los Angeles and east to Chicago with numerous stops in either direction; this service departs from the Alvarado Transportation Centre. Also located to the rear of the Transportation Centre is the station for the New Mexico Rail...

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  • ABQ Sunport / Airport

    The Sunport has set up their "flyby" or "preferred access" security lane in such a way that it is useless. You bypass other passengers to the document check station (there's never a line here) then move into a ridiculously long line to get through xray check point. If you pay for the "Flyby" benefit on a Southwest flight - you have wasted your...

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  • Car Travel

    Getting around ABQ is easiest by car. For families, older people, the lazy, etc., there's just no way around it. There are places, like Old Town, where you can park the car and walk around for an afternoon, but the city is so spread out, walking isn't practical unless you're some kind of super-fit speed-walker. The only alternative is to bring a...

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Albuquerque Shopping

  • Southwestern Goods

    Unfortunately the Utility Shack closed (at least temporarily) in late December 2013 after 40 years of buying directly from Native American artisans and selling jewelry, pottery, baskets, rugs, etc. The Stouts must deal with some health issues but have left open the possiblity of reopening. Meanwhile, they will be missed. Don't let the name or the...

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  • Nob Hill

    Peacecraft specializes in products from around the world that are sustainable in nature, and empower the makers ...... the contents of this business are quirky, fun, and beautiful. As stated on their website: Mission Statement To assist the poor and disadvantaged through the promotion of fair trade, focusing primarily on the countries of the...

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  • For Women

    Martha's is known throughout Albuquerque for it's quirky nature, and fun products. It's an adult store - expecially for women. The clerks are knowledgeable and fun. The store is well lit, and does not have that slimey atmosphere you might find in other stores of the same genre. As a matter of fact, the store if full of happiness and giggles. The...

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Albuquerque Local Customs

  • Land & People

    Manuel’s Food Market opened in 1924 and is located at the present-day intersection of Edith Boulevard and Roma Avenue. Manuel lived to be 98 and his daughter, Clara, still runs the market. Adelita's grandmother also lived there in the 1920's. Her wonderful blog about the area tells us that "if you’ve never been in Manuel's, make a point to stop by....

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  • Public Art

    Nestled behind the hospitals in the South Martineztown area there is a small, neighborhood park at the corner of Edith and Roma, next to Longfellow Elementary School. A unique cultural treasure, the 1983, fiberglass sculpture, “Southwest Pieta,” by the famous New Mexico artist, Luis Jimenez Jr. sits on the west end of the park. Diagonally across...

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  • Local Foods

    New Mexican food is different from other ethnic food that have 'Mexican' in their name. New Mexican food is a combination of Mexican, Spanish and Native American cuisine. Tortillas, pinto beans (frijoles), papas (potatoes), ground beef, sopapillas, and chile are found on all New Mexico restaurant menus. A variant of the usual tortilla out here is...

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Albuquerque Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Like any large city, Albuquerque has crime, but several of the reviews here are too old. Over the past decade the city has worked hard at making Central Avenue from Nob Hill through Downtown much safer. Adding in the tremendous economic growth and increased prosperity of the city over that time, these areas are more vibrant than ever. Yes, East of...

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  • Altitude Sickness

    EVEN THOUGH, I HAVE DEVELOPED COPD, AND ASTHMA RELATED RESPIRATORY HEALTH PROBLEMS, I STILL LIKE LIVING IN ALBUQUERQUE. THEY SAY THAT ALTITUDE IS A PROBLEM FOR PEOPLE WITH THE ABOVE HEALTH SITUATION BUT ALBUQUERQUE IS IN A SENSE, IS A SMALL CITY COMPARED TO DENVER, PHOENIX, AND OTHER MAJOR CITIES. IT DOES GET SOME VERY COLD DAYS BUT FAR AND FEW,...

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  • Driving Albuquerque

    One in four New Mexico drivers have no insurance. The actual percentage varies from year to year although it typically is around 25% which usually puts us at number one (worst) or two in the nation. New Mexico is also a state that issues drivers licenses to non-US citizens who do not have residence status. Why is this important to you? If you're...

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Albuquerque Tourist Traps

  • Old Town Albuquerque

    What used to be the gigantic Armijo hacienda is now just a bunch of shops that sell touristy memorabilia--much of it having nothing to do with Albuquerque--at ripoff prices. A lot of the stores carry mostly stuff with their own logos most prominent, as if you'd be so proud of having visited Store X that you'll pay extra money to have it on your...

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  • BEWARE Sweet Escape Balloons!

    Do not under any circumstances go ballooning with Sweet Escapes! My parents lined up this trip 4 months in advance and the company cancelled on them 30 minutes prior to take-off. Sweet Escapes had no back-up plan and no insurance and would not refund the $ my dad spent on a gift certificate for my mom. They're a SCAM!!

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  • High Finance--they're not kidding

    The High Finance is the restaurant on top of Sandia Crest. You can reach it by foot or by tram, but whether or not you can reach it by by car as I said previously in this tip, I don't know! A friend told me you can't drive there, you have to hike from the parking lot at the ranger station, and I don't know because I took the tram there. The website...

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Albuquerque What to Pack

  • Albuquerque has lots to do outdoors

    What you wear when going on outdoor trips here depends on the weather.In the summer it can get in the upper 90's and winter the 20's. If yougo to the moutains you will have snow in the winter. Always wear lite clothes in the summer, hidking shoes, sun screen and carry lots of water.In the winter know the area your going to going south it will be...

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  • They Call it the Desert Because It's Dry

    Sunscreen--you will burn.Water--you may not realize how quickly you can get dehydrated. Also, you may want to buy sunglasses if you don't already have them. My first week in Albuquerque, I got a headache every day in the afternoon. I eventually figured out that being from the Northeast, I just wasn't used to the higher voltage of sunshine.

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  • A hint to fitting in while here ...

    1. A day bag that will hold your ever-present water bottle and your camera :) 2. Jeans - don't need to be pressed and starched, but can be if you choose ...3. Boots - from rock star trendy to on the farm cowboy boots ... doesn't matter! Wear w/ your jeans, a dress/skirt or whatever ... okay just don't wear w/ your shorts!4. Layered clothing. Our...

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Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

  • Jemez Mountains

    The village of Jemez Springs is a short 1.5 hour drive from Albuquerque. It is in a valley made by the Jemez River but high enough that you are up in the pine trees. There are many things to do and see around Jemez Springs (see below). To get there, go north out of Albuquerque on I-25 and turn west on Highway 44 at Bernalillo. When you reach San...

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  • Turquoise Trail

    Someone with a sense of humor used to live just south of Madrid on State Highway 14. The little house is partially made out of a railroad car and the bridge from a flatbed trailer. He/She must have been a welder, since the gate is very unique. The "ranch" is abandoned now. Madrid has problems with getting potable water. Maybe that is why the owner...

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  • Sandia Mountains

    A very popular excursion from Albuquerque is to take the Sandia Peak Tramway to the top of the mountains that fringe the eastern side of the city, for the view and for the outdoor pursuits available there (walking in the summer, skiing in the winter). We did not do that. But there is another way to visit these mountains, which has its own appeal –...

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Albuquerque Sports & Outdoors

  • Isotopes Baseball

    I'm a big soccer/baseball fan and both of these sports may take some patience to fully appreciate all the intricacies. What better way to enjoy the great american passtime in optimal weather with a wonderful backdrop of the sandia mountains in a brand new stadium. The team is decent too so theres a good chance you'll see some top pros come through...

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  • UNM Athletics

    "One of college basketball's most famous and recognizable buildings, University Arena is the home of New Mexico men's and women's basketball". The University of New Mexico Lobos and Lady Lobos basketball teams play here. "The Pit" is also used for other events throughout the year. Lobos jersey.

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  • Open Space Activities

    Hiking the Albuquerque Municipal Open Space areas is great whether you're hardcore outdoorsy--there are some really hilly trails--or just want to find a nice rock from which to watch the sunset. It's hard to get lost because from every high point you can look west and see the city, but if you face east, all you see is mountain and...

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Albuquerque Favorites

  • Local Publications

    Duke City Fix is a local website with contributions by and for locals. There is the quirky, the artistic, the political, day trips, and fun all in one place. There is an arts calendar, blogs, photos and more! So instead of me writing more about it ... copy and paste the link and check it out for yourself. The arts calendar alone should help you...

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  • Near Albuquerque

    Arranged by: - In Albuquerque itself - Half days out of Albuquerque - Day trips out of Albuquerque - Overnight trips - Long trips Note! Original image was high resolution and very readable. I believe that it is still readable in the new VT picture format.

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  • Views & Lifestyle

    Blogs are a great way to find out what's going on around town, get in touch with what area people are talking about and take part in their discussions. For fun see: www.dukecityfix.com - Everything Albuquerque is discussed on this blog - culture, art, music, you name it. albloggerque.blogspot.com - Johnny Mango's Albloggerque A photo filled blog...

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    Jul 24, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Have you tried Uber to get around ABQ? It's half the price of a cab and good service for a change haha. The app is free and if you use the promotion code: ge0rj your first ride will be free. Cheers

 
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