Things to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Discover Albuquerque shopping, dining, outdoor activites, and cultural events
Whether you enjoy shopping for Native American arts or jewelry, exploring living pueblos or the many historic site and museums, or tasting the flavors and cuisines of New Mexico, Albuquerque travel has something for everyone. The city embodies the image of a Southwestern utopia located on the historic Camino Real trade route that traces back thousands of years.
Albuquerque is located on the historic Camino Real trade route that stretches from South America to northern New Mexico. Native peoples of this region utilized this trail for centuries and the Spanish came up what they later named the "Camino Real", and colonized this area. Many well known figures of the old west also traveled along this route through Albuquerque. The city was founded in 1706 as a small Spanish settlement on the banks of the Rio Grande and was named for the Duke of Albuquerque (hence Albuquerque's nickname, "The Duke City").
In the 1880s the railroad came to town, and almost overnight a new city grew up around the train tracks a couple of miles away from the original settlement. This "New Town" became the hub of commerce for the state, and the city grew exponentially (eventually the "New Town", which today is Downtown, and the original "Old Town" settlement were joined to become part of the same city). In the 1920s the federal government officially recognized a series of highways that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles as Route 66, and Albuquerque was one of the towns "The Mother Road" passed through.
Today, Albuquerque is still a hub of activity and transportation. Albuquerque is New Mexico's only truly urban area with a metropolitan population of nearly 900,000. This is where you'll find the headquarters of the state's businesses, the University of New Mexico, many of New Mexico's largest employers, and the Albuquerque International Sunport, the only major airport in the state. But what sets this city apart from all other is the vibrant history and culture that still lives in the rich art, culture, foods, traditions, and the wonderfully diverse people that you will surely meet on your exciting Albuquerque New Mexico travels.
Come immerse yourself in our rich culture and heritage, rooted in centuries of history. Soak in our blue skies and sun that shines 310 days a year, perfect for outdoor Albuquerque activities. Breathe in the high desert air scented with sage and piñon, and you'll understand why Albuquerque, New Mexico is a destination like no other.
Albuquerque Trolley Co: Click Here for information on Albuquerque Trolley Tours available April through October, departing from historic Old Town which is less than 5 minutes walk from Hotel Albuquerque.
We have two distinctive and cultural Albuquerque Hotels to choose from: