Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and most travelers choose to visit Albuquerque for its warm climate, gorgeous Old Town, and proximity to stunning natural areas. Visitors arriving at the Albuquerque International Sunport airport will be happy to find that it’s close to downtown and they can easily hop on a city bus and travel to Albuquerque city or take a shuttle to the New Mexico Rail Runner station and catch by train to other parts of the state.
If it’s your first trip to Albuquerque, a visit to the Old Town is a must. Old Town is what remains of the original Spanish settlement and is known for its southwestern-style adobe buildings which house cute shops and restaurants and circle around a beautiful central plaza.
If you can, try to plan your Albuquerque vacation for October when the city hosts the amazing International Balloon Fiesta, a world-famous festival full of colorful hot-air balloons and a mainstay of Albuquerque tourism.
Finally, don’t forget that a holiday in Albuquerque also puts the amazing natural beauty of New Mexico at your feet. The Malpais National Monument is only a short drive from downtown Albuquerque and the hiking trails and ski resorts of the Sandia Mountain Range are even closer. So, if you’re thinking about spending your next vacation in Albuquerque, check out these recommendations about where to eat, sleep and stay, all from real travelers like you.