A stop on Route 66 for cheap eats and bare bones motels. A less glamorous runner-up to chic Santa Fe. A city with a meth and gang problem, portrayed in Breaking Bad. Albuquerque’s pop culture image overshadows a complex and vibrant history that may go underappreciated. Founded by the Spanish over 300 years ago, Native American peoples called the Rio Grande river valley home long before them and their descendants still do. Today’s Albuquerque melds history with innovative contemporary style. Our visits to this city have rewarded us with rich and memorable experiences, inside and outside, that we’re thrilled to share with you!

Albuquerque – INSIDE

In 1706, Spanish explorers and Catholic priests established a settlement centered around a plaza and named it after the Duke of Albuquerque. Today this spot is known as Old Town Albuquerque, a unique village of quintessential southwest architecture; adobe, wood post beams, vigas ceilings. The small area is pleasantly walkable and a completely different experience … Continue reading Albuquerque – INSIDE

Albuquerque – OUTSIDE

Sprawling along the Rio Grande River and crawling up the scrubby mesas that build to the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque offers a variety of terrains for outside adventures. For a quick and easy dash of outdoor adventure, while Courtney explored the shops of Old Town I rented a bike from the bike share kiosk at the … Continue reading Albuquerque – OUTSIDE

Albuquerque – EAT

New Mexico’s cuisine is dominated by the foods of the southwest; green chile, beans, hominy, corn tortillas (blue corn is common). Satisfying, spicy, simple. On our visit, we found plenty of options to the regional fare that provided memorable dining experiences. Equinox: This café in the lobby of Hotel Chaco is a most unlikely spot … Continue reading Albuquerque – EAT

Albuquerque – SLEEP

As a mid-size city, Albuquerque has plenty of chain hotels, motels and the like. We discovered some unique lodging options that go above and beyond the expected… Los Poblanos Historic Inn Our spacious adobe casita provided a welcome escape from today’s frenetic world. Warm woods, colorful tiles, and a fireplace all provided a welcoming New Mexico ambience. … Continue reading Albuquerque – SLEEP

Albuquerque – EXPERIENCES

Geography and history provide an array of experiences unique to this place that make it an affordable and memorable destination. Sandia Peak Tramway: Do not miss this. The ride is scary, thrilling and unforgettable, and the views at the top are spectacular. Allow time to hike at the top, if that’s your thing. Go prepared with layered … Continue reading Albuquerque – EXPERIENCES

Albuquerque – GO

Getting to Albuquerque is easy from most major cities thanks to Albuquerque International Sunport, a pleasant smaller airport conveniently located in the city. Renting a car will maximize your flexibility to visit all the sites we describe, but there are some more eco-friendly options to consider. So even if you rent a car, consider parking … Continue reading Albuquerque – GO