With every blast from the burner, the colorful orb is carried higher into the desert sky, the basket below holding you and your companions in its wicker walls. The people below become smaller and smaller, turning from humans to ants before your eyes. The landscape below resembles an architectural model, rather than real life. From your vantage point in the hot air balloon high in the New Mexico sky, you are free to ponder your place in life with a different purpose. Fears may be conquered, limits probably challenged, and memories surely made during your vacation in Albuquerque—whether it be in the basket of a hot air balloon, the spicy bite of a chili pepper, or in the eyes of that special someone. Gorgeous blue skies and sunshine practically all year-round make Albuquerque vacations perfect any time of year. Duke City is a picturesque mecca, rich with history and culture. The outdoor activities alone are reason enough to visit, but the beautiful scenery of the Sandia Mountains will also entice you. And, when you use Travelocity to help you find package deals in Albuquerque, you can savor every special moment without breaking your budget.
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While in Albuquerque, visit the quirky and unique Tinkertown Museum, open from April to October. Or learn about Native Americans by going to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to see collections that depict their way of life. If you're looking to explore around Albuquerque, search Travelocity's vast selection of rental cars to reach destinations on your own schedule. Some great scenic destinations within a short drive of Albuquerque include the Abo Pass Trail, Tent Rocks National Monument, and the Sandia Crest Trail Byway.
Duke City is host to the grand Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is held each October. The view of the blue sky filled with hundreds of hot air balloons is a memorable sight and a favorite shot of both amateur and professional photographers. For the more adventurous types, rent a stand-up paddle board or a kayak and venture down the Rio Grande River in the summer months. Tickle your taste buds by attending the Viva New Mexico Chile Festival held on the last weekend of August. Enjoy hay rides, a corn maze, beer garden, and sample some fabulous southwestern foods, all while listening to live music on your exciting Albuquerque getaway.
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