Albuquerque New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Welcome to the Duke City!

Albuquerque is my home city and I am so excited to share it with you. It's a beautifully diverse city full of food, culture, art and entertainment. Even with all the benefits of being a large city, it maintains its close-knit community feel.

Let Me Tell You About It...

In the city of Albuquerque the sun shines brightly year round, with over 300 days of sunshine.

The Sandia Mountains (the tail end of the Rocky Mountains) are often snow-capped and resonate a deep purple while the Manzano Mountains shimmer a vibrant pink.

The vista stretches as far west as the eye can see reaching into the deep orange, rust and salmon sunsets.

That view is a trademark of Albuquerque.

I have lots of favorites in Albuquerque. Do you? Share your "Best of Albuquerque" stories!
A Little History About Albuquerque NM
City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Hot Air Balloons

The largest city in the entire state, Albuquerque, New Mexico is the seat of Bernalillo County. Founded in 1706 by the Spanish as part of the Santa Fe Trail, it was an outpost used for trade between Santa Fe and Old Mexico. It celebrated its tricentennial in 2006.

It is from this era that Old Town developed. Old Town is the original central plaza of Ranchos de Albuquerque (the original name of Albuquerque). A strong military presence is felt in this area of the city due to both Spain and Mexico setting up military garrisons in the 1700 and 1800's. In fact, Albuquerque even saw some action in the Civil War! (There is a great Civil War battle reenactment in Socorro every February. I am a big fan of actor reenactments.) Now, Albuquerque New Mexico is home to Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) and a good portion of the population is in the military.

Even with an urban center of over 800,000 in the metro area the city of Albuquerque has historically been an agricultural community. In fact, much of the state is still agricultural, from which New Mexicans enjoy fresh produce, meat, dairy and wide-open spaces. Cattle ranches still flourish and it is not uncommon to see real cowboys in boots, dusty jeans and sweat-stained hats.

Many cultures have roots in Albuquerque New Mexico including Spanish, Hispanic and American Indian, all of which are evident in the food, architecture, language, style of dress and traditions. It is incredibly diverse and a very warm, inviting place to visit. The intermingling of all these cultures gives New Mexico such a unique vibe and really speaks to the strength and independence of the Southwest. The lifestyle required to survive in the arid high desert and the close connection many native New Mexicans have with nature is tangible.

We Have More In-Depth Albuquerque History Here!
What About Albuquerque Today?
City of Albuquerque, Downtown Albuquerque

Gosh, where do I start? There's a lot to do and see in this unique state. Albuquerque New Mexico is known for:

The University of New Mexico (My alma mater! Go Lobos!)
The International Balloon Fiesta, Started in 1972
Albuquerque Old Town

The Albuquerque BioPark
The Rio Grande Zoo (Complete with polar bears!) Buy a combo ticket and see the aquarium and botanical garden, too.

The Albuquerque Aquarium & Botanic Garden

The Gathering of Nations Powwow

Albuquerque Museums
  • The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • The Museum of Natural History and Science
The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (An excellent way to spend the evening.)

The Sandia Peak Tram (Definitely a great way to see the city; ride the world's third longest tram.)

The Albuquerque Isotopes (Baseball!)

…and so much more. There is such great diversity and so many fantastic things to do, see and experience. Click on any of the links and you'll get more information, pictures and my stories of these activities. See a larger list of Albuquerque Attractions HERE.
Albuquerque Sunset, Albuquerque At Night

I Think I'd Like To Visit Albuquerque NM

Excellent! I am so happy you're coming to my city! There is so much to see and do and I wish I had time to take you by the hand and show you each one individually. I would love to personally introduce you to the things that you'll only find here. Since I can't, I'd like to give you some insights and tips into some of the most popular places to visit.
Things To Do In Albuquerque
The Albuquerque Airport
Albuquerque Hotels
Albuquerque Restaurants
I Already Live Here!

You're one of the lucky ones! Albuquerque is a great place to put down roots and raise a family. Many families here go back multiple generations and the city is steeped in tradition and history. As a resident you are fortunate to be able to walk out your front door and take advantage of all the city has to offer.

Albuquerque really is a wonderfully diverse place to live and visit.
I Love This City

I do. I wax philosophical, nostalgic and reflective about my home city. If you’re interested in reading personal accounts or thoughts about the city of Albuquerque, head over to my Personal Blog. I talk about everything that crosses my mind and share some of my personal stories.

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Thank you for letting me share my wonderful home with you. It's been a pleasure and I appreciate that you chose my site and my experiences to read.

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