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10 Best Albuquerque Attractions


Albuquerque offers a wide range of attractions and activities including self-guided tours and guided walking, scooter, trolley, jeep, motorcycle, and ATV tours as well as hot air balloon, glider, airplane, train, and tramway rides.  The city features a number of museums, gardens, and cultural centers.  There is also no shortage of dining options ranging from traditional restaurants to local field-to-fork dining as well as food trucks and farmers markets. There are also several wineries, breweries, and distilleries.  If you prefer to spend your time outdoors, there are parks and spots for fishing, golfing, hiking, and biking. The local minor league baseball team, the Albuquerque Isotopes, will be playing several games at home in early June.  Day trips….  Nightlife…


?      Several companies offer hot air balloon rides. Each company offers a wide range of durations and options but the low end of the price range averages around $160.

?      The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway operates from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily and makes the 15-minute trip (dock to dock) every 20-30 minutes. The trip carries riders above canyons and  provides spectacular views. The arrival point is Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest which boasts and observation deck overlooking the Rio Grande Valley.

?      The greater Albuquerque area offers opportunities to explore nature at both national and state parks. The Petroglyph National Monument is maintained by the National Park Service and boasts trails to Boca Negra and Rinconada Canyons where visitors can see hundreds of these cultural symbols carved on volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers.

?      The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park offers opportunities for viewing wildlife. Passing through the Rio Grande Valley State Park is the Paseo del Bosque Trail which stretches for 16 miles of biking, running, skating, or walking past sites such as Tingley Beach and other sites of public art.

?      The City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division maintains a visitor center with information about the variety of Open Space lands as well as exhibits and events. The Open Space lands include trails, picnic areas, farmlands, and volcanoes.

?      Route 66

?      Old Town: San Felipe de Neri

?      Landmarks:  KiMo Theatre, Spaceship House, Madonna of the Trail, Albuquerque Murals, Guild Cinema

Special Events While We’re In Town


?      June 3 – 5: San Felipe de Neri Fiestas

Historic Old Town


?      June 7:  French Riviera Wine Tasting

Slate Street Café


?      June 11:  Albuquerque Pride Parade

10 a.m.

East Central Ave. from Girard Blvd SE to Expo NM – Gate 3

?      June 11:   Heights Summerfest

5 – 10:30 p.m.

North Domingo Baca Park

Free!  Rusted Root will be the headlining band.

?      June 11 – 18: Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque

National Hispanic Cultural Center

?      Until June 19: See HAIRSPRAY the musical.

Albuquerque Little Theatre

$14 - $24

Guided Tours


?      ABQ Trolley Best of ABQ City Tour

800 Rio Grande Blvd NW

$15 - $25

85-minute tour on a trolley boarding at the Hotel Albuquerque

?      Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk

Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF)

$18 - $22

Fridays and Saturdays

?      Bosque Excursion: Nature Walk to the Rio Grande

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

$3 per vehicle

Second Saturday of the month (6/11)

?      Breaking Bad RV Tours


Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

?      Casa Rondeña Winery Tour

Ranchos de Albuquerque


Saturdays at 1:30 & 4 p.m.

?      Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours

Corner of First & Central Ave


Saturdays, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

?      History & Ghost Tours of Old Town

While this organization offers many different kinds of tours, the Saturday History Tour starts right in the main lobby of the Hotel Albuquerque.  Be sure to book early online.

?      New Mexico Piñon Coffee Experience

Every 2 weeks on Saturdays – call (505) 298-1964 to confirm



Self-Guided Tours and Day Trips


?      Breaking Bad Albuquerque Locations

Over 50 locations that appeared in the series Breaking Bad are listed.

?      Downtown Albuquerque Public Art & Murals Walking Tour

Features over 100 installations in the Business Improvement District

?      Route 66 Tour

An 18-mile route through the Nob Hill, Downtown, and Old Town districts.

?      Neighborhood Walks

?      Plaza to Plaza Walk 

?      Jemez Historic Site


Stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village located a short drive from Albuquerque.

Wednesday - Sunday

?      Rail Runner to Santa Fe

?      Turquoise Trail

Museums and Attractions


?      ABQ BioPark

                Zoo, Botanic Garden, Aquarium, and Tingley Beach (gateway to the Bosque)

                Single / Combo Admission: $12.50 / $20

?      Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

$1 - $4

June Exhibitions include: Back to Life” The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery, Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road

?      American International Rattlesnake Museum

$3 - $5

?      Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

$2 - $4

Free admission: Sundays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

?      Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House

$2 - $4

Part of the Albuquerque Museum, this Greek revival home is located in the village of Corrales and contains a collection of New Mexican art and furnishings.

?      Explora

$4 - $8

This science center and learning place invites visitors to engage in exhibit activities.

?      Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico

Exhibits include: Art of the Holocaust, The Liberation of Buchenwald, The Nuremberg Trials, and Hidden Dollhouse.

?      Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

$5.40 - $8.40

Special tours for an additional price include: Exhibit Highlights, Object Storytelling, Mural Discovery, and Pueblo Culinary Tour.

?      Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Lavender farm and shop, organic farm, and special events.

Restaurant serving field-to-fork cuisine: Wednesday - Sunday by reservation only.

?      National Hispanic Cultural Center

$2 - $3

Free admission on Sundays

June Special Exhibitions: The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community, El Retrato Nuevomexicano Ahora/ New Mexican Portraiture Now, Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail (HLA Research Library)

?      New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

$4 - $10

The museum features a planetarium and DynaTheater (digital 3D).

?      New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society

Wednesdays and Saturdays

This is a working restoration site for the Baldwin 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, AT&SF 2926.

?      National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

$10 - $12

Exhibits include Radiation 101, Atomic Culture/Pop Culture, Cold War, Nano, and Nuclear Medicine.

?      Maxwell Museum of Anthropology


Tuesdays - Saturdays

?      University of New Mexico Art Museum

June Exhibition: Remnants: Photographs from the Disfarmer Studio

Permanent collections include Paintings & Sculpture, Photography, Prints, The Raymond Jonson Collection, and The Tamarind Archive.

?      Unser Racing Museum

$6 - $10

Exhibits include Indianapolis 500 cars, antique cars, interactive kiosks, and a racing simulator.




The City of Albuquerque is home to thousands of restaurants catering to every taste. Following lists of some popular and highly-recommend restaurants from all over the city as well as a number that are within walking distance of the Hotel Albuquerque.

Local Restaurants: Lists over 300 restaurants categorized by style/type of food.

Old Town Dining: Short list of restaurants located in the Old Town district near the conference hotel.

?      *Antiquity Restaurant: Seafood, Steakhouse. Local favorite and "almost hidden treasure.” Appears on the USA Today 10 Best list.  $31 - $60.

?      Artichoke Cafe: Contemporary American. Features fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Extensive wine list. $30 and under.

?      *Ben Michael’s Cafe: Mexican, Wine Bar. $11-$30

?      Budai Gourmet Chinese Chinese.  Appears on several "Top” lists for Albuquerque dining. $30 and under.

?      *Church Street Cafe

?      Farm & Table: Contemporary American. Uses ingredients from local farmers and their on-site farm. $30 and under.

?      Frontier Restaurant: Mexican, Diners, American (Traditional). Serves breakfast, burgers, and burritos. Appears on the USA Today Travel "Trademark Tastes of Albuquerque” list. Under $10.

?      Golden Crown Panaderia: Handmade breads, pastries, desserts, empanadas, and sandwiches.

?      Grove Cafe & Market: Coffee & Tea, American (New). Voted best brunch in Albuquerque. Setting of a scene from the "Breaking Bad” finale. $11 - $30.

?      Hurricane’s Cafe & Drive-In: Mexican. Known for the Disaster Burrito, this eatery with a 1950s setting also serves American diner classics. Under $10

?      Jennifer James 101: American (New), Eclectic, Local Specialty. USA Today’s 10 Best in Albuquerque. $31 - $60.

?      *La Crepe Michel

?      *Little Anita’s New Mexican Foods Inc.

?      Little Red Hamburger Hut: Burgers, Fast Food, American (Traditional)

Voted Best Red Chile Burger 4 years in a row. Under $10.

?      Los Cuates: Winner of several Best of the City 2014 awards including New Mexican Restaurant, Green Chili, Sopapilla and Chile Rellenos. $11 - $30.

?      Sadie’s of New Mexico: Mexican. Several locations throughout Albuquerque. Winner of an Albuquerque Journal Readers Choice Award for Best New Mexican Restaurant. $11 - $30.

?      *Season’s Rotisserie-Grill

?      Vinaigrette: American (New). Salad bistro. Much of the organic produce service is grown on the owner’s farm. $11 - $30.

*Walking distance from the Hotel Albuquerque.

Nearby Coffee Houses


?      Central Grill and Coffee House: Also serves breakfast all day as well as burgers, sandwiches, and salads.


                Velvet Coffeehouse






?      ABQ Uptown

Open air center for upscale shopping.

?      Coronado Center

New Mexico’s largest shopping mall.

?      Central Avenue, Main Street in Historic Nob Hill

Unique retail locations for clothing, jewelry, art, and novelties.

?      Old Town

This district of Albuquerque is located near the conference hotel and features over 150 stores and galleries.  Shop for unique gifts of the Southwest in specialty stores, antique shops, boutiques, and general stores. These shops offer everything from baskets, rugs, and leather goods to kaleidoscopes, beads, and jewelry.

Local Farmers/Artisans Markets


?      Downtown Growers’ Market


Robinson Park, Los Ranchos

?      Rail Yards Market

Sundays: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Blacksmith Shop at the Albuquerque Rail Yard in Barelas

?      South Valley Gateway Growers’ Market

Wednesdays: 4 - 7 p.m.

Gateway Park




?      Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Three-hour scavenger hunt and walking tour.


?      Cliff’s Amusement Park

Online Price for an All-Day Ride Pass: $24, General Admission: $9

?      Cool Springz Trampoline Park

Jump sessions start every 30 minutes. Prices range from $8 - $12 per hour.

?      Hinkle Family Fun Center


Dining in Albuquerque



The City of Albuquerque is home to over a thousand eateries catering to every taste. Following are lists of some popular and highly-recommended restaurants from all over the city as well as a number that are within walking distance of the Hotel Albuquerque.

Local Restaurants: Lists over 300 restaurants categorized by style/type of food.

Old Town Dining: Short list of restaurants located in the Old Town district near the conference hotel.

  • *Antiquity Restaurant: Seafood, Steakhouse. Local favorite and "almost hidden treasure.â€? Appears on the USA Today 10 Best list.  $31 - $60.
  • Budai Gourmet Chinese Chinese. Appears on several "Topâ€? lists for Albuquerque dining. $30 and under.
  • *Church Street Cafe: Mexican, Southwestern. Located in the historic Casa de Ruiz, one of the oldest structures in New Mexico. Serving food made from recipes that date back four generations. $11 - $30.
  • Frontier Restaurant: Mexican, Diners, American (Traditional). Serves breakfast, burgers, and burritos