Favorite thing 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 plan your visit :)
Favorite thing These are really fun and spark interest in the National Park Service system. The brainchild of a marketing genius, the purchaser can get a stamp from each of the NPS sites he or she visits. The collection of these stamps, similar to postal cancellation postmarks (which include the name of the park and the date visited) become fun to collect. It's a great way to get the kids (of all ages!) excited about going to different parks, monuments, seashores, etc. that are operated by the NPS.
The passport itself is reasonably priced and the stamps are, of course, free. Each NPS facility has a stamp available at the visitor's center. If you don't see it just ask the ranger on duty. Some (e.g., Mt. Rushmore, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse) have special stamps with a depiction of the area/monument. Great fun!
You can obtain an NPS passport at any park Visitor's Center or online at the National Park Service Store.
In ABQ you can get a stamp at Petroglyph National Monument. Further afield you can also visit Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, El Malpais National Monument, and El Morro National Monument.
Favorite thing Whether you are planning a trip to our city or are a long-time resident, this colorful, diverse publication is just the ticket to find out who's who and what's going on all around Albuquerque.
Each month in ATM you will find regular sections like "TAPAS-Bits of Everything to Buy, See and Do." Also,"My Favorite Recipe" featuring local's culinary tips and best loved dishes, "Tiempo," Albuquerque's live, local music scene and "Hangouts," a tour of swinging nightlife and cool hideaways by a hipster named DaddyYak. Included are plenty of interviews with local artists, musicians and sports/radio/tv personalities.
Past cover stories have included "Hot Singles of Albuquerque" high-lighting local, eligible men and women for all walks of life, "Staying Fit in Albuquerque" discussing fitness trend and local gyms, and a health issue which high-lighted alternative medical praticioners and local doctors.
Albquerque the Magazine is the kind of upbeat positive image of our great city which is sadly missing from our daily newspapers.
Favorite thing abq Arts magazine is a free monthly publication full of color photos of art by local artists as well as articles about upcoming gallery openings, photography exhibits, film, musical, poetry and performing arts events.
Look for the magazine's Arts Calender and you will be up-to-date on all upcoming fine arts events fot an entire month.
abq ARTS magazine is distributed throughout the city. Look for it where you find The Weekly Alibi and Crosswinds weekly or call for subscription info.
Favorite thing This free, weekly, alternative paper is a must-have for your weekly entertainment planning. It is full of reviews and event listings on upcoming music, art, theater and film. It includes excellent restaurant reviews and food talk.
You can pick up a copy of Weekly Alibi at coffeeshops, restaurants, supermarkets and other retail businesses across the city. Look for their blue newspaper boxes around town.
Favorite thing The Crosswinds Weekly newspaper takes a hard thoughtful look at political and social issues in Albuquerque and around New Mexico, as well as doing arts and entertainment reporting. The paper does several pages a week on movies, local music, art, restaurants and travel articles. It also has a large events calendar.
You can pick up a copy of Crosswinds Weekly at local coffeeshops, restaurants, supermarkets and other retail businesses across the city.
Favorite thing "Touring New Mexico" is a wonderful guidebook w/ 18 tours included in it's chapters. Each tour offers a different view of this beautiful state. 2 of the included tour chapters are specific for Albuquerque and Santa Fe. the remaining 16 tours provide information on how to do a partial tour in a weekend, or a longer tour.
The tours include local cultures, events, as well as natural wonders. One chapter even has an event calender w/ contact information that allows the traveler to investigate various events that one might find interesting ....
I highly recommend this book for travelers entering NM for the first, or 20th time - as well as for us locals ;)
Fondest memory Details:
"Touring New Mexico"
Authors: Arango, Chilton, Chilton, Dudley & McEnearney-Stelzner
University of New Mexico Press
I bought mine at the local Border's Book store for less than $15.00 ........
Favorite thing If the resolution is not to bad this map curtesy of the State of New Mexico tourist bureau has all the main Albuquerque attractions marked--plus the near by casinos.
Fondest memory Sopapillas, Huevos Rancheros, Lot-a-Burgers and easy access to shooting areas.
Favorite thing There are numerous things to see and do in Albuquerque....picking what you want to do is hard...so many choices!
A great website I stumbled across for information on lodging, sightseeing, shopping, restaurants, etc. for Albuquerque is: http://www.itsatrip.org/visitors/