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Finding Peace in Albuquerque

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A June 2006 trip to Albuquerque by onesundaymorning

Rio Grande Nature Center Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico More Photos
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Finding Peace in Albuquerque

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Overview

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Albuquerque has a beauty all of its own. What struck me the most was how the city seemed to be balanced with nature. All of the highways were painted a pinkish color with sky blue strips. In the backdrop of the city is beautiful mountain scenery.Quick Tips: Old Town shouldn’t be missed, the architecture is amazing and anyone can have an enjoyable time. Often there are bands playing in alcoves as well as unexpected sights. For example, in one store I stumbled upon the manager's collection of lizards and other reptiles that were set up for tourists to look at. However, these shops are expensive. Some sell interesting art, but are overpriced as far as the quality is concerned.The Rio Grand...Read More

Motel 6

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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...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2007

Motel 6
1701 Univeristy Boulevard Northeast
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(505) 843-9228

Rio Grande Nature Center

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Attraction

Rio Grande Nature Center Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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The Rio Grande Nature Park is a wonderful place to get away for a day and enjoy some peace and quiet. If you are driving into the park the fee is $3.00. There is a sign when you arrive in the park where you pick up the parking permit and drop off the money. Place the permit in the window of your car and you are ready to explore. There are two trails in the park. One is eight miles and parallels the river and the other is 3 miles and goes through wooded area and briefly by the water. I highly suggest bringing water because it is very easy to dehydrate. The trails are pretty well marked, so it is rather hard to get lost. There are lizards everywhere. I keep freaking out because I would hear lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2006

Rio Grande Nature Center
2901 Candelaria Road Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
(505) 344-7240

Old Town

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Attraction

Old Town Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Old Town is what I would consider a themed shopping area. It is made to look like pueblos. It is a very touristy area of town, with a lot of over priced shopping. It’s fun to walk around and look at the shops in the area and is worth to stop, because you never know what you will find. At one shop there was several caged lizards and turtles for the shoppers to look at.Parking is very hard to find, and even more confusing on how to pay for. There are boxes where you need to slide money in… Needless to say I don’t understand it and it is better to ask someone who looks like they know what they are doing.There are several museums in the area. If you go to the art museum your parking is included ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 7, 2006

Old Town
303 Romero Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
(505) 243-3215

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

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Albuquerque Museum of Art & History Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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 exh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 2, 2007

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
(800) 659-8331