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Visiting Albuquerque

Whether you arrive in ABQ on Route 66 or on a more modern flight to Albuquerque, the largest city in the Land of Enchantment is a vision: Sandia Mountains rise above a colorful Southwest landscape and, if you time your trip for October, hot-air balloons float above it all during the eye-popping Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Being both naturally beautiful and fully cosmopolitan, there are plenty of things to do in Albuquerque, from ambling in the Old Town to gambling at Sandia Resort and Casino. And don’t miss Albuquerque’s restaurants; for a Western breakfast, try Frontier Restaurant, a local institution for generations.

You can also go old-world Western with your choice of ... Read More
Whether you arrive in ABQ on Route 66 or on a more modern flight to Albuquerque, the largest city in the Land of Enchantment is a vision: Sandia Mountains rise above a colorful Southwest landscape and, if you time your trip for October, hot-air balloons float above it all during the eye-popping Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Being both naturally beautiful and fully cosmopolitan, there are plenty of things to do in Albuquerque, from ambling in the Old Town to gambling at Sandia Resort and Casino. And don’t miss Albuquerque’s restaurants; for a Western breakfast, try Frontier Restaurant, a local institution for generations.

You can also go old-world Western with your choice of Albuquerque hotels by checking into the Casa de Suenos—or you can go upscale with a room at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

However you design your trip, the Duke City will hardly disappoint. Need more convincing? Browse IgoUgo members’ photos of Albuquerque for inspiration.    Close

Stories and Tips Albuquerque

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Ballooning over Albuquerque

Written by MattF on 08 May, 2009

We took this trip to Albuquerque for our 9th Anniversary to see and do some things that we normally would not have. To start our Anniversary day celebration we scheduled a balloon ride through the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort with Rainbow Riders. It cost about…Read More


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The Duke City

Written by SeenThat on 25 Oct, 2008

With slightly more than half a million inhabitants, Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and one of fastest growing cities in the USA. Founded in 1706, it was named after Don Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duke of Alburquerque and Viceroy of New…Read More


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Albuquerque for Travelers: from "A" to "Que"

Written by SeenThat on 25 Oct, 2008

Albuquerque is the main travel hub in New Mexico; despite its being connected by road, railway and air to all the main destinations in the area that does not sum up to much. On the paper, the Sunport is an international airport; in reality, it…Read More


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Lounge Loitering in Amtrak's Southwest Chief

Written by SeenThat on 24 Oct, 2008

Amtrak's Southwest ChiefAmtrak's Southwest Chief connects Chicago with Los Angeles, passing in the way through Kansas City, Topeka, Dodge City, Raton, Lamy (Santa Fe), Albuquerque and Flagstaff. Santa Fe - AlbuquerqueBy the end of the nineteenth century a dramatic event shaped the future of Santa…Read More


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Fiesta! The Launch Field Tailgate Party

Written by BawBaw on 25 Nov, 2004

A working slogan for hot-air ballooning might well be summed up as "Work Hard, Fly High, and Party Hearty." Certainly, that’s how many, if not most balloonists approach their sport. And the party begins early in the day -- immediately after the balloon has been…Read More


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Up and Away! The Joy of Flight

Written by BawBaw on 31 Oct, 2004

May the winds welcome you with softness.May the sun bless you with his warm hands. May you fly so high and so wellThat God joins you in laughterAnd sets you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth. —The Balloonist PrayerDespite the discouragement offered by…Read More


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On Crewing for Fiesta

Written by BawBaw on 12 Oct, 2004

Every hot-air balloon requires a crew to assist the pilot during launch and recovery activities. Most conventional "round" balloons need five to seven people to manage this process efficiently. Special shape balloons, which tend to be more complex, often require much larger crews,…Read More


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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Written by Peregrine on 25 Jul, 2000

Imagine the sky painted with hundreds and hundreds of hot air balloons. I suspect the sight has been responsible for its share of fender-benders as morning commuters are busy looking skyward. Even after 20 years, every fall I gawk as Balloon Fiesta shows…Read More


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Elena Gallegos

Written by Peregrine on 14 Mar, 2002

Of all the bits and pieces of the Open Space, this is my favorite. Wedged into a wide valley, the vegetation here is more diverse than in some of the other areas of the Foothills. This area was once part of a Spanish land…Read More


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The Foothills

Written by Peregrine on 14 Mar, 2002

Since just about every major road heading east from Tramway Boulevard ends at a trailhead in the Foothills, its one of the most easily accessed open areas in the city. On the weekends, the trails can be a bit crowded, especially with mountain bikers…Read More


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