change your perspectiveAlbuquerque, 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.
ALBUQUERQUE WEATHERAlbuquerque 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.
Museums in Old Town & the Sawmill District
- Albuquerque Museum of Art & History - Focuses on art, history and people of the Southwest
- New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science - Discover the universe, age of dinosaurs and geologic changes including volcanoes and ice ages
- ¡EXPLORA! - Child-focused hands-on learning center with more than 250 interactive exhibits
- Turquoise Museum - See rare and spectacular turquoise specimens from around the world
- International Rattlesnake Museum - Learn all about New Mexico's snakes, reptiles, insects and other animal species
ADDITIONAL Albuquerque Museums
- Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum - Albuquerque has a rich history in ballooning and is known as the "Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World"
- National Hispanic Cultural Center - This institution is dedicated to the study, advancement and presentation of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities
- Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - This center is dedicated to the preservation and awareness of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art, and represents all 19 pueblos in New Mexico
- National Museum of Nuclear Science & History - Explore the evolution of the Atomic Age and how nuclear science continues to influence our world
- Maxwell Museum of Anthropology - This University of New Mexico campus specializes in the cultural heritage of the Southwest and features art and ancient artifacts
- New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum and Study Center - Learn about the Holocaust, genocides that have affected people around the world
- Tinkertown Museum - The museum is filled with artifacts and memorabilia celebrating Americana at its best and strangest from big to small and everything in between.
- Unser Racing Museum - This museum lays out the history of the Unser racing legacy from the early days at Pikes Peak to the dynasty they have carried on at the Indy 500
- Historic Old Town - Boutique locally owned shops and galleries carying cultural items
- Sawmill District - Emerging shopping, arts and entertainment destination
- Spur Line Supply Co. - A one-stop shopping destination for those who live uniquely
- Historic Nob Hill - Boutique locally owned contemporary shops and galleries
- Coronado Center - New Mexico's largest indoor mall
- ABQ Uptown - Outdoor mall with major high-end national brands
- Winrock Town Center - Outdoor shopping with major high-end national brands
Annual Albuquerque Events
- Gathering of Nations Pow Wow - One of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the country
- Albuquerque Wine Festival - Learn about award-winning wines of New Mexico
- Albuquerque Pride - New Mexico’s largest and most recognized lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event
- Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque - Distinguished as the most prominent and longest standing flamenco event outside of Spain
- New Mexico State Fair - Experience New Mexico's largest state fair every September
- GLOBALQUERQUE! - Enjoy world music and dance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
- Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Witness the largest gathering of balloons in the world at the most photographed event on earth
- New Mexico Artisan Market - Discover locally crafted, curated goods at this unique opportunity to celebrate local artisans
- River of Lights at the Botanic Garden - A wonderland of holiday light displays
- Ski and Snowboard at Sandia Peak - Ski slope a 30-minute drive from downtown Albuquerque
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