Albuquerque (United States)

Albuquerque Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Breaking Bad City

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico
Located at a high altitude in the middle of the desert, it sits alongside the Rio Grande and under the Sandia Mountains
Great scenery outside the city, while the Old Town has plenty of entertainment within

(That is a reference to the popular tv show Breaking Bad that originally aired between 2008 and 2013, in case you didn't know!)

Based along the Rio Grande in New Mexico, Albuquerque sits in a very thin strip of green land amongst otherwise mostly high-altitude desert. High-altitude though it may be, if you head east from the city you will find that you can always go yet higher, as there you will head up the increasingly green Sandia Mountains. Suffice it to say that around Albuquerque there is no shortage of excellent hiking terrain.

By all means head up the Sandia Peak Tramway (the longest tramway in the world which reaches a height of 10,378 ft or 3,163 m) or explore the full length of the Paseo del Bosque to get up close and personal with the scenery outside of the city. But don't forget to have a good look at the city itself, with the atmospheric Old Town the center of all things interesting.

Heavily shaped by Native American and Spanish influences, this area is lined by adobe houses (that nowadays host galleries or hip restaurants) and paved with red brick walkways, making it a quite fun place to explore. Besides plenty of souvenir shops, it is also home to the oldest building in town: the Church of San Felipe de Neri. In the area you will furthermore find a number of museums, including a major Art and History as well as the New Mexico Natural History and Science museum.

Of course we can't finish this article with failing to mention the International Balloon Fiesta, a spectacularly colorful festival that takes place here in the first two weeks of October each year. All in all, Albuquerque is quite a cool little city to spend some time in. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Albuquerque is a city in United States's region of New Mexico. It has a population of 545,852, is situated at an altitude of 5194ft and the best airport to fly into is ABQ (Albuquerque International, Albuquerque)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • Note Albuquerque is not a good point of entry for trips to United States as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Phoenix, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Denver, Tampa, New York City, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, El Paso or Houston
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

Albuquerque Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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More Albuquerque travel resources

At Planetware you will find the 14 top tourist attractions in Albuquerque, while this piece at Wikitravel is also extremely extensive. A similar list as the first link can be found at Monty's Musings.

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