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New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, is well located at around the centre of the state, atop a beautiful desert plateau just asking to be seen from a hot air balloon. There’s an annual very spectacular hot air balloon fiesta every Autumn. Albuquerque feels like a desert crossroads too, the locals are ready to recommend highlights and share their city’s history and there’s a lot of activity huddled together in the Old Town. This is also one of the best places to stay in Albuquerque if you’re here to experience the city, but if you’re here for the ancient landscape dotted, surprisingly, with evergreen forests then you might find one of the inns or farmsteads outside of town to be the best option for you. Plus it’s right on Route 66, which brings in a lot of visitor and commercial traffic so it’s busy and well set up for visitors and Santa Fe, the state capital, is just 60 miles to the north.
What Not To Miss
- The mix of Native Americans, students and Hispanics help give Albuquerque its colour and the local foodie scene so much diversity.
- Most visitors will want to take a spin on the Scandia Peak Tramway, the world’s longest aerial tram and a truly magical way to see the city and its surrounds. It runs all the way from the desert floor on the edge of the city to the summit of Scandia Peak, which is about 3 miles away.
- While you're out and about you might also want to visit the amazing lava field of the Petroglyph National Monument which is in a large desert park to the west of the Rio Grande.
- The National Museum of Nuclear Science is another out of town must-see, with its huge outdoor exhibition housing fighter planes, missiles and similar.
- In town the highlights include the Indian Pueblo Centre, a collection which is contributed to by New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos, the National Hispanic Cultural Centre and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science which is a huge modern museum with some fantastic dinosaurs.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Albuquerque is a historic farmstead on the outskirts of the city, so ideally placed for both city and country pursuits.
For a chic farmstead
- The Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is a wonderfully picturesque farmstead on the outskirts of Albuquerque with just 15 rooms in the traditional New Mexican style. Expect plenty of patterned rugs and fabrics in earthy colours, fireplaces and carved wood beams. There’s also excellent farm-to-table cuisine, plus cooking classes and a pool.
For an apartment
- If you would prefer a self-catering option this holiday, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a selection of properties for enjoying both the town and the countryside.
- Fly to Albuquerque International Sunport located only 5.6km (3.5 miles) from Albuquerque with links to various major destinations all over the USA.
- Alternatively, catch a train to Albuquerque with rail connections from Los Angeles and Chicago amongst other destinations.
- If you want to rent a car, perhaps to explore Route 66, for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
- Best time to visit - from September to November typically provides pleasant temperatures and means that visitors can see the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in early October.
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Best Hotels in Albuquerque
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm 15 rooms from £161Albuquerque
A picturesque and historic farmstead on the outskirts of Albuquerque, offering homey accommodations with a chic but traditional New Mexico look: fireplaces, patterned rugs and fabrics; earthy colours; and carved wood beams. Organic farm-to-table cuisine is a highlight and there's a pool for relaxingCooking classes - Classes are designed so guests can practice new culinary tips and tricks, and sample dishes within the classSights nearby - The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is just a ten minute drive from the innSwimming Pool - Saltwater outdoor pool.TraditionalRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith