Things to do in Albuquerque
Albuquerque is a unique multi-cultural hub shaped by its lengthy history. Officially founded by colonists in 1706, the city was originally inhabited by Native Americans who continue to inspire traditional practice of stone masonry, ceramics, and arts and crafts. Visitors can enjoy the rich culture and plenty of fun things to do in Albuquerque on an unforgettable vacation. The Parking Spot has come up with a list of suggestions, from hot air balloon rides to museums. Start planning your Albuquerque vacation this October. Air Adventures Albuquerque’s mild autumn weather and clear skies make it an ideal spot to sightsee while soaring through the sky. Known as the “Ballooning Capital of the World,” the city is home to the largest hot air balloon festival across the globe, held every October. More than 300 resident balloonists as well as international balloon enthusiasts gather each year to ride and admire hot air balloons across the Albuquerque skyline. Visitors can also go on an aerial expedition via gliders, airplanes, or the tramway, a 2.7-mile ride to the peaks of the Sandia Mountains. Art & Theaters Albuquerque has a flourishing visual and performing arts scene, with more than 100 art galleries and studios. The city has been ranked as a top arts destination for the past several years by AmericanStyle and offers a variety of fine art, jewelry, pottery, and contemporary art. For a must-see art showcase, head to the Albuquerque Museum, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Enjoy regular performances at Albuquerque theaters, including Albuquerque Little Theater and the Kimo Theatre. Golf Ranked in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine for having some of the best golf courses in the country, Albuquerque is a top destination for golfers of all levels. Courses are set on all types of terrain, from deserts to forested mountains. Famous for being one of only 17 five-star courses in America rated by Golf Digest readers, Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club is situated in the Sandia Mountains. Golfers should also visit Twin Warriors Golf Club, a classic course in the desert that loops around ancient cultural sites. Culinary Experience The blended cuisine in Albuquerque is a top attraction for visitors. New Mexican chefs mix traditional Native American flavors with red and green chile peppers, wheat flour, pork, and other Spanish-inspired ingredients. Taste flavorful dishes at local restaurants and don’t be afraid to ask for chile on the side. Rio Grande Valley is the oldest wine-making region in the country, so it’s worth it for visitors to journey to local wineries, including Anderson Valley Vineyards on Rio Grande Boulevard. Plan your Albuquerque vacation this fall. What's on your list of top things to do in Albuquerque?