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Turquoise Guided Museum Tour
"The tour of the museum begins by entering a mock mine tunnel. The entrance to the museum will open 15 minutes before each tour begins. Guests are requested to show up within this 15 minute time frame. Guests who fail to arrive will forfeit their tickets and those tickets will be resold to a guest on the tour waiting list.The museum's displays include:Turquoise from over 80 locations around the worldMining history and modern techniquesTurquoise mineralogy/geology guests will be given the chance to enjoy the museum displays on their own.The Turquoise Museum is family owned and operated since 1992. Three of the five generations still work at the museum on a weekly basis. Tours are guided by one of these thr all of your questions will be answered and you will have a better understanding of “The World’s Most Colorful Gem”.""""The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque New Mexico showcases the J.C. “Zack” Zachary turquoise collection. The collection includes turquoise from over 80 locations around the world
From $10.00
 
Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in Old Town Albuquerque and takes you on a well-designed course through the historic and cultural streets as you visit churches walk through sculpture gardens and see the local parks and museums.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best southwestern sights of the town. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.""""Turn Albuquerque into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city
From $15.00
 
Albuquerque Rio Grande Balloon Ride
"We fly most days at sunrise weather permitting. We begin by meeting you at our launch site which is right on the west side of the Rio Grande River. Once at the launch site we will inflate the balloon and fly for about an hour down the river valley here in Albuquerque. During the flight depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day you will have great views of the Sandia Mountains to the east Petroglyph national monument to the west
From $167.00

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A wonderful online local's guide: Duke City Fix

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 :)

http://www.dukecityfix.com/index.php?catid=21&blogid=1

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kymbanm
Jan 21, 2007

Get a National Park Service Passport

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.

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Hopkid
Dec 03, 2006

Albuquerque The Magazine

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.

ph: 505-842-1110
web: www.abqthemag.com

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danmike
Jul 03, 2005

abqARTS Albuquerque's monthly magazine of the arts

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.

505-897-8167
www.abqARTS.com

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danmike
Jul 03, 2005
 
 
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Weekly Alibi

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.

Phone: 505-346-0660
Email: alibi@alibi.com

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danmike
Jun 19, 2005

Crosswinds Weekly

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.

Phone: 505-883-4750

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Jun 19, 2005

My favorite guidebook for New Mexico ....

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
ISBN: 0-8263-1622-0

I bought mine at the local Border's Book store for less than $15.00 ........

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kymbanm
May 25, 2005

All the Main attractions in town

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.

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AGBAT
Mar 08, 2003

Top 5 Albuquerque Writers

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"One of our 50 is missing ......"
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"Albuquerque - Where I Live and What to See and Do"
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"Ever Expanding"
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"Albuquerque, New Mexico"
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"Albuquerque - It's a great place!"
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Great town with lots of history

Favorite thing There are numerous things to see and do in Albuquerque....picking what you want to do is hard...so many choices!
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A great website I stumbled across for information on lodging, sightseeing, shopping, restaurants, etc. for Albuquerque is: http://www.itsatrip.org/visitors/

dacrites
Oct 09, 2002

Things to Do Near Albuquerque

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Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Located in Old Town, this museum is well worth paying the modest $3- entrance fee (children $1-, seniors $2-). Largely chronologically organized, the there are valuable ancient artifacts and old...
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Old Town

Probably the busiest tourist attraction in town is the Old Town, which is the remains of the original city center around a plaza, with adobe buildings turned into restaurants and shops. Mostly kitsch...
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is NOT in Old Town, nor in downtown Albuquerque, but it is easy and find as it can be seen from I-40 freeway. This is a wonderful place to visit for it's ceremonial...
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

New Mexico is where the world's first atomic bomb was developed, built, and detonated, so it is appropriate that the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is located here. It is the only...
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Sandia Peak

Sandia Mountain is a 10,000ft peak that defines the landscape of Albuquerque, towering over it. Cable car rides are available to the top and there is skiing in winter and hiking during the summer...
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