Albuquerque, New Mexico, is situated along the old Route 66, but there's much more to this city than being a stopover destination. The city is more than 300 years old and is a wonderful mix of old and new; plus, it also blends its Mexican heritage with its American present, giving it a cosmopolitan feel. Hotels near Balloon Fiesta Park, in the north of Albuquerque, make a good base from which to explore the city and the surrounding area.
Every year in early October, Albuquerque is taken over by hot air balloons during the nine-day International Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of balloons fill up Balloon Fiesta Park and the sky itself as part of the world's biggest balloon festival. If you're in town at this time, it's a truly unique experience. Hotels close to Balloon Fiesta Park get busy during the festival, so you'll need to book early; however, they are well-located between downtown and the Sandia Mountains no matter what time of year you visit.
The Sandia Mountains are eight miles east of the park, and there's lots to do there year-round. In the winter, the mountains are great for skiing, and there are trails for hiking, climbing, and mountain biking at other times of the year. You can drive to the top or take the Sandia Peak Tramway. Albuquerque Old Town is ten miles south of park and has lots of shops and restaurants in old adobe buildings in and around the main square. Nearby attractions include the child-friendly Museum of Natural Science and History and the incredible, interactive ¡Explora! Science Center. Check out Albuquerque hotels to get your trip off to a flying start.
When you feel like a trip that will lift your spirits like a balloon, book a vacation to Albuquerque on Travelocity or search for hotels by Balloon Festival Park. You can save up to $537 when you book a hotel and flight at the same time, so you won't be breaking bad on the price.