Albuquerque Journals

Flying High at the International Hot Air Balloon Festival

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An October 2011 trip to Albuquerque by RoBoNC

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: The main purpose of this trip was to attend the International Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque. It had been on our agenda for some time. We took a few days away from Albuquerque and explored Las Vegas, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos.

Gallup, NM

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El Morro National Monument Photo, New Mexico, United States
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We left Flagstaff Arizona and headed to Albuquerque for the annual hot air balloon festival. Because of our excursion through the Petrified Forest National Park and some other national parks in western New Mexico, we decided to spend the night somewhere halfway between Flagstaff and Albuquerque. I enjoy reading the book 1000 Places to See Before You Die and I also have the sequel that covers just the United States and Canada. I consulted the book to see what attractions it suggests visiting and it lists the town of Gallup as one of it destinations to visit. Since Gallup is the largest city between Flagstaff and Albuquerque and is conveniently located off of I-40, we decided to make this our stopov...Read More

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New Mexico State Capitol

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Attraction | "New Mexico's Capitol City"

New Mexico State Capitol Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Between Las Vegas and Albuquerque on Interstate 25 lies New Mexico’s capital city, Santa Fe. As one of the oldest cities in the US, it has very important historical and culture significance not only to New Mexico, but the rest of the country as well. Everywhere you go in the city, you are exposed to the rich history dating back centuries. There are important historical structures such as San Miguel Chapel, which is the oldest standing church structure in the US, was originally built in 1610. The Palace of the Governors is the country’s oldest continuously occupied public building. It was originally built by the Spanish as the seat of government in 1610. The New Mexico Museum of History now chron...Read More

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New Mexico State Capitol
411 State Capitol
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 986 4589

Fort Union Photo, New Mexico, United States
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Las Vegas is filled with hotels, casinos, world-class shows, and it is a city that never sleeps. Excitement abounds everywhere; that is if you are in Nevada. However, I happened to be in Las Vegas, New Mexico which has none of that. But what it does have is a rich history filled with tales of the Old West from famous lawmen to ruthless outlaws. The city was an important stop along the Santa Fe Trail. Although it has lost most of its importance since then, it continues to recognize its role in history and it has become a leader in education. Las Vegas is home to New Mexico Highlands University and the United World College of the American West (UWC-AW). The UWC-AW is a two year independent boardi...Read More

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Sadie's Dining Room

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Restaurant | "Home of the World's Largest Stuffed Sopaipilla"

Sadie's Dining Room Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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We headed down to "Old Town", which is an historic district in Albuquerque, which dates back to the founding of the city by the Spanish in 1706. Old Town consists of ten blocks of historical adobe buildings surrounding a central plaza. The plaza consists of retail stores, restaurants, and museums. We ventured down there on a Sunday to get some authentic New Mexican cuisine before heading up to Las Vegas. We quickly learned that Sundays in Old Town is a very popular place among residents and tourists. We drove around aimlessly looking for a parking space. When we finally did, the restaurants had long waits. With two children in tow, waiting thirty minutes to an hour for a table was not an option...Read More

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Sadie's Dining Room
6230 Fourth St Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
+1 505 345 5339

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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Attraction | "The World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival"

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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For a long time I have wanted to attend the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My wife and I decided that since our oldest child was four and our youngest was just over a year and we were expecting another child in December, that this was the best time to attend. We figured with three children we would not be taking many more flying trips. Our trip consisted of visiting Arizona and New Mexico, but the entire trip was centered around the balloon festival. The festival is held at the beginning of October and it last for nine days. Although there are different events each day, the majority of them take place on the weekends. Each day is broken up into two session...Read More

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