Albuquerque
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Thriving Southwestern spirit, more than 300 years of history and a unique blend of cultures make Albuquerque one of the most colorful cities in the United States. At once playful and laid back, the classy bohemian personality of this city results from a mash-up of Latin, Indian and European flavors fused to road-trip-era Americana. Albuquerque is a modern city of a million residents where gentlemen ranchers don their finest Stetsons to visit the opera and lawyers saunter into work wearing hand-tooled boots. Downtown offers sassy, margarita-filled nightclubs and a few cool lounges, and every corner of the city is bursting with restaurants serving countless variations of the spectacular local cuisine.

Albuquerque Hotels

Albuquerque offers a variety of lodging options, from outstanding luxury hotels to budget-friendly inns. When looking for hotels in Albuquerque, it’s key to remember that the hotels vary widely depending on their neighborhood. Downtown, like most major city hubs, is home to flashy upscale hotels, such as the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, aimed at discerning business travelers. Uptown in the shopping district, Albuquerque hotels like the Sheraton are ready to welcome leisure travelers and shop-a-holics. Of course, hotels around the ABQ Airport and UNM are perfect for budget-minded folks and overnight business travelers who want nice accommodations and an easily accessible location. Historic Old Town (just a hop and a skip from downtown) is the place to go for beautiful boutique hotels that are as rich in Southwestern charm as they are in history. Special Albuquerque.com hotel discounts and online reservations. Click here or call 1.800.275.0954 (in Europe: 00 800 1610 1690).

Santa Fe Hotels

Just an hour north of Albuquerque, Santa Fe is another New Mexico desert paradise. Whether planning to visit historic old properties that date back to the days of the Spanish Empire or just basking in the red, dusty glow of the sunsets over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, there are enough hotels in Santa Fe to allow any traveler to find a place to chill that can meet both expectations and budget. Enjoy a romantic getaway under Kokopelli’s watchful eyes at the Dancing Ground of the Sun, or amid the warm and intimate décor of the Hotel Plaza Real. Hang out in the heart of local history at the Old Santa Fe Inn, or just plan an easy-going affordable trip to the Park Inn & Suites.

Albuquerque Restaurants

Fervently challenging the culinary supremacy of flashy cities like New York and San Francisco, the restaurant scene in Albuquerque is nothing short of excellent. Fans of South American and Mexican-inspired Southwestern food should definitely check out hotspots like Los Equipales, a dining establishment boasting a fantastic menu of authentic Mexican food, or McGrath’s, which blends American favorites with Argentinean flair. The French fare at Le Café Miche is out-of-this-world, and Scalo is celebrated for its preparations of traditional Italian cuisine. Wine lovers can enjoy snazzy bistros like Zinc Wine Bar and Savoy Bar & Grill. The short trip to Santa Fe offers an equally impressive array of restaurants. Albuquerque.com now features online dining reservations.

Albuquerque Real Estate

Despite Albuquerque’s real estate explosion, it's still a buyer's market. Albuquerque homes remain affordable, with many attractive listed properties on the Albuquerque MLS in the mid-100s. Albuquerque's housing and real estate market remains strong with continuing revitalization projects over the last ten or 15 years and a number of well-managed, picturesque suburbs, including Rio Rancho to the Northwest and Los Lunas and Belen to the east of the city. The Northeast quadrant of Albuquerque remains a popular area to build and live. Northwest is home to historic Old Town and contains the greatest variety of housing—as well as some of Albuquerque's most expensive and lavish homes. The University of New Mexico keeps demand for rentals high. Find more information on Albuquerque Real Estate, including the latest mortgage rates.

Albuquerque Events

Albuquerque offers a variety of events to appeal to tourists and locals alike. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held in early October, is the largest hot air balloon gathering—and the most photographed event of any kind in the world. Albuquerque also hosts the New Mexico State Fair for two and a half weeks every September at Expo New Mexico, as well as the annual Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow, which attracts more than 3,000 Native American dancers and singers from 500 tribes every April. The Revolutions International Theatre Festival takes place every January, and hundreds of national and international performances take place throughout the year.
Buy tickets to Albuquerque events. Concert tickets to the Journal Pavilion, Theater tickets to Popejoy Hall and more.

Albuquerque Restaurants

Fervently challenging the culinary supremacy of flashy cities like New York and San Francisco, the restaurant scene in Albuquerque is nothing short of excellent. Fans of South American and Mexican-inspired Southwestern food should definitely check out hotspots like Los Equipales, a dining establishment boasting a fantastic menu of authentic Mexican food, or McGrath’s, which blends American favorites with Argentinean flair. The French fare at Le Café Miche is out-of-this-world, and Scalo is celebrated for its preparations of traditional Italian cuisine. Wine lovers can enjoy snazzy bistros like Zinc Wine Bar and Savoy Bar & Grill. The short trip to Santa Fe offers an equally impressive array of restaurants. Albuquerque.com now features online dining reservations.

Albuquerque Nightlife

Nightlife in Albuquerque pulses with a spicy Southwestern panache. There are places for sipping añejos at a sophisticated pace and places for line-dancing to Country-and-Western music, places for consuming a shocking amount of margaritas and places for exploring the finest wines of the world. The diverse scene isn’t large, but there are plenty of options for creative folks to indulge in. Local favorites for easygoing fun include Billy’s Long Bar and Kelly’s Brewery. The UNM students might not make it through the day without staples like Joe’s Place and The Library. For a step up into flashier, more big-city style, check out Sauce or O-PM, or just settle into the mellow streams of jazz and fine wine at hotspots like The Cellar Bar or Il Bar.

Albuquerque Attractions

In addition to the numerous exciting events Albuquerque hosts on an annual basis, there are dozens of spectacular attractions available year-round. The Sandia Peak Tramway takes passengers on a breathtaking ride from the foothills to the 10,000-foot peaks of the Sandia Mountains, with views of Martian-hued canyons, green forests, and wildlife such as bighorn sheep along the way. The Petroglyph National Monument offers a unique glimpse into the distant past of indigenous peoples of the area. The Indian Pueblo Culture Center features a network of museums, galleries and giftshops showcasing the history, culture, arts and crafts of the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico. The Albuquerque Biological Park, Cliff´s Amusement Park and historic Old Town are all popular spots as well. Rock climbers can find routes from one to ten pitches and all levels of difficulty in the beautiful Sandias bordering the east side of town.

Albuquerque Weather

Albuquerque’s weather is a study in extremes of day and night and extremes of summer and winter. But whatever the extremity, Albuquerque’s famous sun reigns supreme, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year.

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