Local Attractions

About Albuquerque

At the heart of New Mexico beats the pulse of a vibrant city. in Albuquerque, diverse cultures, authentic art and dynamic traditions have helped shape our centuries-old story. No matter your interests, the city has countless opportunities for you to explore. Sample traditional New Mexican cuisine that takes minutes to make and hundreds of years to prepare, experience world-class museums, stroll along Central Avenue under the vintage glow of Route 66, or soar high above the city in the hot air ballooning capital of the world – a sight sure to change your perspective.

Immerse yourself in our painted skies, abundant space and more than 310 days of sunshine, which makes it possible to ski the slopes of the Sandia Mountains and play a round at one of our award-winning golf courses, all in the same day. Albuquerque is an oasis in the high desert, full of rich history and inspiring ideas. To learn more go to Visit Albuquerque.

Exploring Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque – Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded here in 1706, when a group of Spanish families settled hear, not far from the Rio Grande. Today, Old Town is the city’s cultural center, with numerous museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants.

Los Ploblanos – Set among 25 acres of lavender fields, enormous cottonwood trees and lush formal gardens, Los Poblanos is one of the most magnificent historic properties in the Southwest. Designed in 1932 by New Mexico’s foremost architect, John Gaw Meem, the “Father of Santa Fe Style”, Los Poblanos is located on an organic farm in the heart of the Rio Grande River Valley. A model of preservation and sustainability, the farm’s vision helps shape the daily menu and handcrafted line of artisan products.

Casa Rondeña Winery – Established in 1995 by acclaimed vintner John Calvin, Casa Rondeña is one of Albuquerque’s most esteemed wineries. The winery offers a rare vineyard experience, tucked away among the ancient cottonwoods in ABQ’s serene North Valley in the Village of Los Ranchos. Their tasting room allows you the opportunity to sample the entire portfolio of our fine wines made at the winery.

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway – The 2.7-mile ascent on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to the 10/378-foot peak of the Sandia Mountains is a thrilling, can’t-miss attraction. Once atop the peak the view is a panorama of more than 11,000 square miles of spectacular beauty. At night, the city lights below sparkle like a million jewels.