A June 2006 trip
to Albuquerque by onesundaymorning
Quote: Just a few days exploring the beauty of New Mexico.
Off of I-40 is Motel 6. I’ve stayed in several of these motels on my trip across the country, but this one was by far the cleanest one and safest (or so I felt) of all of the hotels I been to so far. Although the motel is just off of the interstate none of the rooms are actually close enough to the highway to hear the passing cars. The main lobby/reception area is by the road. Here you can find brochures on everything that can be found not only in Albuquerque, but Taos, Santa Fe, and the surrounding area as day trips.
In front of the motel is the pool. It was one of the larger ones that I have seen at a Motel 6. The water was extremely blue; so I knew that it was well keep. There are a few chairs to sit at along the pool, but with the hot New Mexican sun shinning the chairs of little concern.
The rooms were a little small. There were two beds in my room one bed was pushed up against the air-conditioner leaving a path between the two beds. The rooms are equipped with the basic: two beds, a dresser, mirror, TV, and bed stand. The rooms were extremely clean and the staff was wonderful. The room itself was around $50 a night.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2007
1701 Univeristy Boulevard Northeast
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2006
Rio Grande Nature Center
2901 Candelaria Road Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 7, 2006
303 Romero Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Attraction | "Albuquerque Museum of Art & History"
I was surprised to find such a comprehensive museum in such a small city. Although the museum didn’t boast large named artists in their collection that you would find at the MET or the Museum of Modern Art, they focused more on the history of their city and state. Entrance to the museum was rather inexpensive, around $5, which included parking.
The museum has the largest collection of Spanish colonial artifacts in the US. There most interesting collection, which set this museum apart from others, tells four hundred years of Albuquerque history. The exhibit includes maps, religious artifacts, armor and weapons, woven fabrics, and day-to-day utensils that people used in colonial life. The exhibit is set up to tell the story of New Mexico and how it evolved into the state that we know today. There is also a section devoted to art in New Mexico from the late 1900s to today.
Being such a map freak this was by far my favorite part of the exhibits. They possess maps dating back to the 15 century. Each map shows how not only New Mexico evolved, but how the shape of the US changed as well. The most interesting map, in my opinion, was the one that portrayed California as an island.
On grounds is also a sculpture garden that boasts around 40 pieces of work. The most elaborate being the sculpture outside features life sized figures of buffalo pulling a wagon, cowboys wrangling their cattle, colonial women and children walking and Spanish explorers. This sculpture alone is worth a stroll past the museum.Besides the permanent collection there are several rotating exhibits. While I was there they had photography from the local high schools on display and entire African collection on loan from a museum in New Orleans, until they could rebuild.
The museum also offers several performances throughout the month. For more information check out their website to www.albuquerquemuseum.com.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 2, 2007
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Los Angeles, California