Named after the Spanish Duke of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city sits in the high desert nestled between the Rio Grande River and the Sandia Mountains. With a city population of 559,277, it ranks as the 32nd largest city in the United States; the metropolitan population is closer to one million people. Albuquerque’s modern downtown core, where neon lights still glow on historic Route 66, contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Albuquerque is home to some of the United States’ leading high-tech research facilities including Sandia National Laboratory, Intel and the University of New Mexico and is home to Kirtland Airforce Base. The city is celebrating a vibrant evolution in economic development and is cultivating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.
With more than 310 days of sunshine a year, year-round recreational opportunities abound on more than 28,000 acres of open space and miles of bike and walking trails. In Albuquerque, you can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon, ride to the top of a mountain in the world’s longest aerial tramway, or soar the skies in a hot air balloon.
You can traverse from one side of the city to the other in less than 30 minutes, allowing plenty of time visit the art galleries of Old Town, historic Native American sites, the Albuquerque BioPark’s zoo, gardens and aquarium, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, National Museum of Nuclear Science and History and a variety of museums. Albuquerque has a robust culinary scene that features local red and green chile peppers and includes nationally recognized wineries and breweries.
Albuquerque has so much to offer! While you’re here, discover some of the things that make our city unique. Click on the links below for pre-planned, printable itineraries for every interest, made up of some of Visit Albuquerque’s best recommendations.
For detailed tourist information: www.visitalbuquerque.com