Everything that comes to mind when you think "southwest" is here in this desert city: a rich Spanish heritage, spicy cuisine, pueblo-style architecture, and a relaxed way of life. Oh yeah... and "Breaking Bad," the TV phenomenon that showcased the majestic panorama of the city's desert and mountain landscape. But you don't need an RV when you have great Albuquerque hotels to choose from.
Out and About in Albuquerque
With all its natural beauty, there's no doubt that Albuquerque is an outdoor town, with hiking and biking trails, and great golf courses, but the most spectacular outdoor activity is the International Balloon Festival, which happens in the fall. The city has an average 310 days of sunshine and clear nights, making it is a balloonist's paradise, and gliding over the desert is a can't-miss experience.
For a sense of history and culture, learn about the Spanish, Native American, Latino, and Anglo heritage at one of the 19 museums in the city. Nearby Acoma Pueblo is a Native American community with more than 800 years of rich history. The Old Town, characterized by a plaza and adobe buildings, dates back to the founding of the city in 1706. The city is also right on legendary Route 66, which started the boom in motels and hotels in Albuquerque.
Eating and Drinking
If you love spicy food, this city is your culinary Shangri-La because it's everywhere, in all its glorious forms, mixing Mexican, Spanish, and Native American cooking. Frontier Restaurant serves up American breakfast, Mexican-style. From Western-style hash browns to green chile burritos, Frontier Restaurant will not disappoint your taste buds. For a purely Mexican meal, Sadie's of New Mexico has stuffed sopapillas, fresh chips and salsa, and stacked enchiladas.