Albuquerque, located about an hour from Santa Fe, is often overlooked. Known as the "hot air balloon capital" of the U.S., Albuquerque has numerous museums, centered in Old Town, as well as parks, and is the home of the University of New Mexico -- which means there's so much to see and do. Take a look at a few our favorite things to do throughout the city of Albuquerque! The city is very outdoorsy, and biking and walking are popular pastimes, particularly along trails such as Paseo del Bosque on the Rio Grande.

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 Albuquerque, located about an hour from Santa Fe, is often overlooked. Known as the "hot air balloon capital" of the U.S., Albuquerque has numerous museums, centered in Old Town, as well as parks, and is the home of the University of New Mexico -- which means there's so much to see and do. Take a look at a few our favorite things to do throughout the city of Albuquerque! The city is very outdoorsy, and biking and walking are popular pastimes, particularly along trails such as Paseo del Bosque on the Rio Grande.
Albuquerque, located about an hour from Santa Fe, is often overlooked. Known as the "hot air balloon capital" of the U.S., Albuquerque has numerous museums, centered in Old Town, as well as parks, and is the home of the University of New Mexico -- which means there's so much to see and do. Take a look at a few our favorite things to do throughout the city of Albuquerque! The city is very outdoorsy, and biking and walking are popular pastimes, particularly along trails such as Paseo del Bosque on the Rio Grande. Just look at the views! The lovely city zoo is home concerts, charity events, and, of course, plenty of furry friends from across the globe. Known as the "hot air balloon capital" of the U.S., Albuquerque has the largest Hot Air Balloon Festival in the world! The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum was the world's first facility dedicated to the art and culture hot air ballooning. The New Mexico Natural History Museum, housed in Albuquerque, has an IMAX theater, planetarium, and center for local ecological literacy. Like Santa Fe, Albuquerque is dotted by adobe historic buildings. The Southwest is known for its abundance of casinos and gambling halls, and the Sandia and Hard Rock Hotel resorts both boasting great on-site venues to win big. Downtown and Old Center are both filled with great dining options that focus on local cuisine and authentic Mexican fare. While many travelers rely on car in Albuquerque, the outdoor-focused city is also a great biking town set against a gorgeous desert backdrop. The Southwest is a popular spa resort destination, and Albuquerque is no exception. The Hard Rock Hotel and the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa are just a few of our favorites in the area.
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