Albuquerque New Mexico - Albuquerque Vacation Packages & Hotels
Albuquerque: The Duke City
Dynamic crossroads, From our most ancient civilizations to a vibrant futureAlbuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city (pop. 720,000) is one of the most culturally diverse and historic cities in North America. Located on the historic crossroads of the Camino Real, the "King's Road" historic trade route that stretches from South America to northern New Mexico, Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as a Spanish settlement on the banks of the Rio Grande, and named for the Duke of Alburquerque. Many of the original Camino Real buildings and landmarks still stand.
Historic preservation aficionados will have plenty of things to do in Albuquerque. Travel east/west on historic Route 66, taking in the iconic 1950s kitsch architecture. Old Town plaza is a charming, living reminder of the city’s regal Spanish heritage and a mecca for those seeking authentic Native American arts, crafts and jewelry. Just a few miles away is cosmopolitan downtown, with its modern architecture, bustling nightlife and bistro eateries. Continue up Central Avenue (old Route 66) toward the University of New Mexico (catch a concert or a Flamenco performance) to the funky boutiques of Nob Hill, the antique shops and hip, yet historic vibe of east Nob Hill.
Heritage Hotels & Resorts has two perfect locations to base your Albuquerque vacation. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town is in the heart of the tourist district and within walking distance to 7 museums and hundreds of shops and galleries. Nativo Lodge is conveniently located off Interstate 25 near Balloon Fiesta Park and close to the Sandia Mountains.
Visit the Heart of New MexicoTo fully enjoy the city, plan your vacation around any or all of these unique Albuquerque events, such as Balloon Fiesta, world music extravaganza Globaquerque at the stunning National Hispanic Cultural Center, or the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow (one of the nation’s largest Native American gatherings). These are but three of a year-round calendar of things to do and see.
Other Albuquerque vacation ideas range from exploring vibrant history and cultural adventures that include nearby pueblos and museums, to dining on unique New Mexican cuisine in historic surroundings. An Albuquerque family vacation is rich in art, culture, foods and traditions. It’s an outdoor-lovers paradise from the Bosque forests banking the Rio Grande, extinct volcanoes or the Sandia mountain -- from its foothills to its peak. We boast of our miles of public parks and open space for hiking, biking and enjoying the city’s 310 days of sunshine and mild temperatures.