Backed by the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque showcases its New Mexico scenery with a host of hiking and mountain biking trails. You can also discover local Pueblo culture, admire ancient petroglyphs and eat your way through New Mexican classics like blue corn pancakes and green chili stew.
Things to do in Albuquerque
Albuquerque boasts a handful of fantastic museums showcasing everything from Pueblo culture to New Mexican art. For something a little offbeat, visit the American International Rattlesnake Museum and enjoy the world’s largest collection of rattlesnake species.
If you want to take in the city from a different angle, ride the Sandia Peak Tramway. Climbing over four kilometers high, it whisks passengers to the summit of Sandia Crest. The views are stunning, especially at sunset when the city glows in hues of pink and red.
Albuquerque is home to some of America’s best-preserved rock carvings, and there’s no better place to see them than the Petroglyph National Monument. Its lava fields are adorned with over 23,000 ancient petroglyphs dating back to 1,000 BC. Boca Negra is the most popular place to view the carvings, with a scenic trail winding its way through the canyon.
For fans of the tv show “Breaking Bad”, Albuquerque is a bucket-list destination. It’s the iconic hometown of the characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, the cult show’s quirky protagonists. Whether you embark on a self-guided tour or sign up for a group excursion, Albuquerque is packed full of iconic filming locations.
Getting around Albuquerque
Albuquerque is easy to navigate, with public buses running throughout the city. They run to most major sights and attractions, as well as to Albuquerque International Sunport Airport. The city also maintains an extensive network of bike trails.