You might not have known it, but Albuquerque, NM gets 310 sunny days per year. That’s just one of the unexpected surprises New Mexico’s capital city has to offer in addition to a vibrant culture, a rich history and a nice helping of outdoor adventure. Once you catch your breath from the 5,000 foot elevation, you’ll be primed and ready to explore what is arguably one of the most interesting places in the country.
Start your adventure with a trip up the Sandia Peak Tramway, the third longest aerial tramway in the world. Climb up thousands of feet and over two and a half miles to the Cibola National Forest, where you’ll enjoy scenic views and fantastic hiking opportunities.
Looking for a little retail therapy? Shop Old Town Albuquerque, browsing the shops around the plaza and poking down the alleyways and side streets as you hunt for bargains and unique fashions.
Peer into the storied history of America and Nuclear Science, from the atom bomb to nuclear power at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Here, you can snap photos of a B-52 Bomber and delve into the gripping stories that have shaped the course of history. If you’re lucky, you can also journey to the “Trinity Site”, where the first-ever atomic bomb was detonated.
Step even further into the past at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science where you’ll discover halls full of dinosaurs, ice-age creatures and a volcano big enough to walk through. See more modern life at the Albuquerque Biology Park, home to the aquarium, Rio Grande Botanical Gardens and the friendly furry pals of the Rio Grande Zoo. For a truly fascinating experience, don’t miss the Meteorite Museum with its collection of space rocks and memorabilia.
For a sight unlike any other, Petroglyph National Monument is not to be missed. Witness over 15,000 drawings that line the West Mesa Volcanic Escarpment, a remnant of an ancient civilization. It’s just one more reason to venture out into the city’s beautiful surrounds.When planning your trip to Albuquerque, make the easy call and book your stay with an IHG hotel. With locations near all of the prime attractions, you won’t even need to go far to find that next exciting discovery. + View More - View Less