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Why fly to Albuquerque?
From mountains, to desert to numerous parks and lovely rivers, Albuquerque is a sight to behold. The city sits in central New Mexico and is located near the Rio Grande. It is on a cozy spot between the forehead of the Chihuahuan Desert and the chin of the Sandia Mountains, making for an interesting landscape to explore.
The best way to get a wide view of it all is by hot air balloon according to many people. Albuquerque is home to one of the largest hot air balloon festivals in the world. Every October the city is flooded with visitors for the 9-day event. Hundreds of balloons in all sorts of oddball shapes like wagons or animals take place in various competitions and light up the skies in the evening. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is balloon-focused but has turned into a bit of a cultural event with many other activities planned alongside.
If you are looking for culture your cup will overflow in Albuquerque as the city has numerous galleries, museums and place a particular importance on the performance arts. Museums include the Museum of Natural History, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and numerous others. Galleries, boutiques and lovely restaurants are sprinkled throughout the city center with some of the quaintest in the old part of the city.
The city's location in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains means one of the most incredible things you can do is take the aerial tram ride up the mountain to its very peak, which sits 10,000 feet high in the sky. You will be absolutely amazed with stunning views as you float upwards and the trees begin to look like shrubs and then dots and then everything blends seamlessly together. Find a spot close to the window for picture-taking as the tram is usually crowded and it might be difficult to do once you're going up.
Albuquerque is a fascinating place to visit with a rich past and a rich present, you will fall in love with the welcoming people as well as the natural landscape.
Albuquerque has short cool winters and hot summers while the fall and spring are pronounced by relatively mild weather. Temperatures in the summer months reach highs in the low 30s and this is also when the city experiences its bit of rain. Moving into the fall the weather begins to get a little crisp with average temperatures in the mid teens and with winter comes the drop into the 0 level. Day time temperatures usually stay somewhere between 0 and 5 in the winter and the city occasionally receives perhaps a day or two of light flurries. In April the numbers are back up to the low 20s.
When to fly to Albuquerque
The summer and fall season are a popular time to visit Albuquerque as many people in the West take their holidays and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in October which brings in visitors by the thousands. This means flight ticket prices for the city are in demand during this period.
Winters in Albuquerque just don't lure in visitors and that means flight ticket prices drop significantly. You can find great flight ticket deals from January through to March.
Getting into Albuquerque
Your gateway into the city opens up at the Albuquerque International Sunport, and yes it is called the sunport and not the airport. From the you can take an airport shuttle into the, private companies also have shuttles going in and out of the airport. If you want to use the train you will need to take a shuttle which will drop you off at the nearby train station. The public transit bus is another option and finally you can pick up a taxi stand outside of the airport terminal.
Getting around Albuquerque
Albuquerque has a good mix of public transportation. The light rail services zip you around within the city and if you are heading somewhere the trains don't go you can use the public transit buses. There is also a rapid bus service that will get you into the outskirts. Additionally, taxi service is also available.
- If you are traveling to Albuquerque with children you should definitely check out the Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. The children's area has a ton of activities for kids to participate in like mixing things in test tubes or trying to play a plane, all of the exhibits are very much hands on so they are not all educational but also fun.
- Visit the Rio Grande Zoo, which is a particular favorite of locals as well. There is a train that can take you throughout the zoo. The property also has a lovely botanical garden and an aquarium. Kids can also feed the seals which they really end up enjoying.
- Visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center for some truly wonderful exhibits. You will learn about the culture and arts as well as the political history of the people. A favorite of many visitors is the giant mural that visually lays out the state's Hispanic and Indigenous People's history. Additionally, there is a theater area which has changing movies focused on politics and social issues, it is also where cultural shows take place. The center has an on-site restaurant that gets rave reviews for its cuisine.
- Spend a day in nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. The plump forest sits on the river and has lovely hiking trails and is known for its great birdwatching. There is also a small aquarium and zoo you can visit if you don't want to venture far in search of wildlife.
- Try Blake's burgers, it is just one of those things that locals do and if you're in the city and want to get the down home vibe - go for a Blake burger or a Blake burrito.
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