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- 98%Budget Travelers
- 98%Local Culture
- 97%Family Travelers
- 97%Adventure Travelers
- 51%History Buffs
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- AlbuquerqueOct 23, 2013
You either love or hate the place you grew up... I hated it for a long time, but in recent years, Albuquerque has become a city I really love to visit! Great hiking nearby, some funky artsy neighborhoods, excellent day trips by car (Acoma Pueblo) or by commuter train (Santa Fe) and it's all cheap, cheap, cheap!
- AlbuquerqueOct 18, 2013
Some people would say to skip over Albu-quirky while you're driving through New Mexico in favor of more scenic towns like Santa Fe and Taos. But I always have a blast in this gritty, artistically inspired and down-to-earth town. Go hike around Sandia mountain, have enchiladas with Christmas (red + green) sauce, photograph mid-20th-century relics along Route 66, and catch an Isotopes minor-league baseball game. Then try and tell me you don't love Albuquerque as much as I do!
- AlbuquerqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Feb 23, 2013
Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and sits atop the high desert Mesas that are well known for the area, rising almost 5,000 feet above sea level. It is usually dry, the summers getting up toward 100 F, the winters can often bring dusts of snow.
The city is fairly compact, the nice and convenient airport not too far from downtown, which sits in a valley with hills rising around it. There are a couple of large Indian gaming casinos to the north, and farther north in Rio Rancho, there are technology workers for large chip fab and research centers. The University of New Mexico is near downtown, somewhat similar in feel to University of Arizona in Tucson. There is an interesting Petroglyph area town.
The desert creates the same beautiful sunsets and dawns that have inspired Southwest decor and paintings in galleries, but Santa Fe overshadows ABQ in the visual arts, largely thanks to Georgia Okeefe.
There are a range of places to eat, from ethnic Thai to finer dining, and of course, the local flavors of New Mexican food, which has difference from Mexican food.
All is not rosy, however, as the Mexican border is not far off, consequently the city is largely hispanic, which is great, but the smuggling and crime issues have increased, and New Mexico is a poor state economically.
- AlbuquerqueOct 15, 2012
It's a good starting point for a New Mexico trip. Old town is a must see, but then head north through Santa Fe and up to Taos. The town square in Santa Fe is what Albuquerque was 50 years ago. The Taos Pueblo is well worth the time (take a tour).
- AlbuquerqueJul 05, 2012
Drove there one spring and was truly enchanted. The drive through the desert was magical. I recall hitting a couple of pow wows, shopping at wonderful stores, and hiking in scenic desert areas looking at ancient rock drawings. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Thinking of moving to the area in the future.