Albuquerque, New Mexico Has More than Just Sun for Travelers

The gondola to the top of Sandia Peak near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The gondola to the top of Sandia Peak near Albuquerque, New Mexico.

While Albuquerque rarely pops up on must-visit travel lists, it truly is a dream destination for travelers. As the biggest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque indulges in a culture unlike any other.

Brenna Moore, public relations and communications manager for Visit Albuquerque said it this way: “It is a city that truly exhibits the confluence of old and new. …People are…often surprised to see how contemporary and youthful Albuquerque is. While the existence of southwestern landscape and architecture is a part of the city’s character, Albuquerque is also rife with modern, innovative, contemporary influences.”

Next time you visit southwestern America, be sure to spend a few days in Albuquerque.

Where to Stay

Enjoy your stay at The Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Hotel & Spa, located in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. This all-suite hotel is only three miles from Albuquerque International Sunport and even closer to the University of New Mexico, and the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Need some fun family activities nearby? The Embassy Suites are in close proximity to attractions including the Albuquerque Natural History Museum, Balloon Fiesta Park, Historic Old Town, Sandia Peak Tramway and Sandia Ski Basin.

Each two-room suite features a separate living room with a sofa bed, WiFi, a large desk, a mini-refrigerator, and microwave. Start your day with a free made-to-order breakfast or stop by Caffeina’s for a bagel and coffee.

With a four-star rating on TripAdvisor, one traveler wrote, “It was closed to downtown, it was spacious, the suites clean, modern and comfortable. The hotel was cleaned, they offered us coupons for drinks at night, they offered also fruits and other bites at night for free in the main atrium which was huge. Breakfast was incredible, anything you want to eat, and it was free.”

Hotel Andaluz

What was once the tallest building in Albuquerque, New Mexico now stands Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque, Curio Collection by Hilton. Set in the heart of downtown, this marvelous hotel features stylish guest rooms, featuring unique artwork from around the world and Spanish-inspired design.

Each room includes bath amenities, luxury linens, a signature Andaluz robe, and complimentary WiFi. Hotel Andaluz has many different suite styles to choose from including the Penthouse suite with a separate living and dining area, sofa bed, powder room, copper soaking tub, and Bose sound system.

Don’t forget to try out the unique dining experience at the MAS Tapas y Vino where you can sip and eat, all while enjoying live entertainment at Ibiza Urban Rooftop Lounge, featuring views of downtown Albuquerque and the Sania Mountains. Other amenities include complimentary fitness club access, a business center and Mercado, featuring local bites and treasures.

Anchored by a central plaza, Old Town’s cobblestone streets house galleries, restaurants, and souvenir shops.
Anchored by a central plaza, Old Town’s cobblestone streets house galleries, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

Highlights: Hotel Andaluz features beautiful guest rooms and suites. Experience the food, drink, and entertainment on the rooftop lounge.

Anchored by a central plaza, Old Town’s cobblestone streets house galleries, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this neighborhood for centuries. Old Town holds Albuquerque’s oldest building, San Felipe de Neri Church. Many visitors spend a few hours wandering around Old Town.

Rio Grand Botanical Garden, Albuquerque NM.
Rio Grand Botanical Garden, Albuquerque NM.

Sit Along the Rio Grande River at ABQ BioPark

The ABQ BioPark, just southeast of Old Town, gives any visitor a relaxing day spent outdoors. This massive park is home to four distinct attractions: an aquarium, a botanic garden, a zoo, and Tingley Beach. With a whole day worth of activities, ABQ BioPark is sure to provide you with an amazing day.

The aquarium features a 285,000-gallon shark tank and 200-plus species including snow leopards, kangaroos, and polar bears. If you’re not interested in attending the zoo, spend the afternoon exploring the 36-acre botanic gardens featuring exotic plant species along the walking paths. You can also find yourself with options to hike, bike and fish at Tingley Beach during a summertime visit.

For the most spectacular views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains, take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway. These cable cars carry passengers about three miles along a suspended cable between eastern Albuquerque and the 10,378-foot-high summit of Sandia Peak. Visitors can be amazed by the views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment.

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