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Albuquerque - Cultural Crossroads of the Southwest

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A November 2003 trip to Albuquerque by BawBaw

Bronze Sculpture at the Pueblo Cultural Center. Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: Albuquerque is "home." It is the stuff of my childhood memories and it will always have special sentimental claims to my loyalties. It is a fascinating city in which the cultural traditions of the Southwest converge to honor the best of the past and create new possibilities for the future.

Albuquerque - Cultural Crossroads of the Southwest

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Overview

San Felipe de Neri Church on Old Town Plaza. Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque isn't for everyone. If your perfect environment includes lush landscapes and abundant water recreation, you'll find Albuquerque wanting. But if your tastes run to mountains looming majestically above the high desert, magnificent sunsets, or the stark splendor of dramatic landscapes, then you’ll love Albuquerque. Toss in hot-air balloons drifting in a brilliant blue sky, and you have an irresistible formula for attracting you to one of America's most underrated cities. Appreciating Albuquerque means valuing cultural diversity. "Anglos" are newcomers in the historical sense. Hispanic families proudly trace their roots to forebears who arrived long before the Pilgrims ventured o...Read More

Gardunos of Mexico

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Restaurant | "Garduño's of Mexico"

Gardunos Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Garduño’s is a small chain of restaurants limited to a handful of Southwestern cities and specializing in New Mexican cuisine. With locations throughout the city, Garduño’s is popular for lunch or an evening out. Reservations are not taken, and Friday and Saturday evenings are particularly busy, so plan on experiencing a wait for service.The Garduño’s menu offers little for those who do not enjoy the regional dishes of the Southwest. But for those who do, it’s a place where one can expect reasonable authenticity and consistent quality. As a "restaurant and cantina," guests can expect to find their favorite cocktails as well as dinner or lunch. I favor margaritas and Mexican bee...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2004

Gardunos of Mexico
10551 Montgomery Boulevard N.E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111
(505) 298-5000

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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Attraction | "Hot Air Ballooning"

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Who among us can glimpse a hot air balloon drifting silently and weightlessly against an early morning sky without feeling a rush of excitement? Almost by definition--and certainly by association--ballooning is a sport characterized by a sense of romance, adventure, and daring. No doubt much of the thrill evoked by the sight of a solitary balloon framed against the heavens has to do with the knowledge that within a fragile wicker gondola suspended from a envelope filled with hot air, men and women ascend from the relative safety and security of the earth to experience the elation of flight. Now imagine glimpsing not one glorious balloon but hundreds--balloons of all colors and many shap...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2004

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Balloon Fiesta Park
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113
(505) 821-1000

Utility Shack Inc

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Attraction | "Utility Shack"

Utility Shack Inc Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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If you’re thinking that a business dubbed the "Utility Shack" might specialize in generators, cell phones, or gardening supplies, you’d be wrong—very wrong. At least, you would be wrong if you happen to be in Albuquerque. In fact, the Utility Shack is arguably the best place in town to purchase Native American jewelry and crafts. For that reason, it’s a business patronized by this misplaced New Mexican during each visit back home.Located along old Route 66 on the way to Tijeras Canyon, the Utility Shack is well off the beaten tourist track. Part gallery, part jewelry showroom, and part trading post, the shop serves as a trustworthy outlet for high-quality merchandise that is reasonab...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2004

Utility Shack Inc
11035 Central Avenue Northeast
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123
(505) 292-0174

Sandia Peak Ski Area

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Attraction | "Sandia Peak Tram"

Sandia Peak Ski Area Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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It may surprise many to learn that the world's longest aerial tramway is located in Albuquerque. From its base on the desert floor at the foot of Sandia Peak to the mountain's 10,378-ft summit, the tram travels a 2.7-mi round trip above some of New Mexico's most magnificent terrain. Inside the large tramcars, passengers enjoy a succession of extraordinary views encompassing roughly 11,000 square miles of mountains, deserts, and mesas—including vast expanses of the Cibola National Forest, the Rio Grande Valley, remnants of extinct and dormant volcanoes along the western horizon, and a series of spectacular canyons on the western face of the Sandias. Tickets for the tram are purchased at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2004

Sandia Peak Ski Area
#10 Tramway Loop Northeast
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87122
+1 505 242 9133

National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico

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Attraction | "The National Hispanic Cultural Center"

National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is a new arrival on the Albuquerque scene. In keeping with its name, it's an ambitious project. Located on a 16-acre site in the city’s south valley, the center’s goal is to provide nothing less than a world-class cultural and research facility focused on the Western Hemisphere's substantial Hispanic community. The NHCC strives to provide a core of resources for preserving, sharing, and developing Hispanic culture through the visual arts (including the widest possible spectrum of fine and folk arts), performing arts (including theater, dance, music, film), scholarly activity, literature, and genealogy. Inherent...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2004

National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico
1701 Fourth Street Southeast
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
+1 505 766 9895; +1