Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Historic Old Town Folklorico dancing at San Felipe de Neri Church

Albuquerque, New Mexcio


Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city (with a metro population exceeding 1.1 million) 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, NM. 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 to the antique shops and hip, yet historic vibe of Nob Hill.


Balloon Fiesta photo by Kip Malone
Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque's Signature Event

ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER

Albuquerque is known for its mild, dry climate and four distinctly beautiful seasons. With more than 300 days of sunshine, Albuquerque is perfect for outdoor activities or exploring cultural gems. 

Our average annual rainfall is about 9 inches, mostly during the late afternoon storms during monsoon season (July and August), and the average relative humidity is only 44 percent.
Winters are sunny and comparatively mild. 

High altitude, low humidity and lots of sunshine mean visitors need to drink lots of water and use sunblock for protection.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

Museums in Old Town & the Sawmill District

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

ADDITIONAL Albuquerque Museums


Sawmill District Shopping

ALBUQUERQUE SHOPPING


New Mexico Artisan Market

Annual Albuquerque Events

For more Albuquerque events, see ABQ 365.

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

Attractions and Activities

  • Historic Old Town Plaza - Explore 300 years of Albuquerque history in this walkable district
  • Albuquerque Trolley Tours - Learn Albuquerque's history, art and culture from an open-air trolley
  • ABQ BioPark - Home to the award-winning Rio Grande Zoo, the Albuquerque Aquarium, Tingley Beach and the Rio Grande Botanical Gardens
  • Petroglyph National Monument - Displays 17,000 Indian petroglyphs; it is the world's largest accessible collection of prehistoric rock art. 
  • Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway - The world's longest single span tram takes you from the base to the peak of the Sandia Mountains
  • New Mexico Rail Runner - Named after New Mexico’s state bird and sporting a stylized Rail Runner likeness on its sleek exterior, this fast double-decker train makes visiting Santa Fe easy and accessible