As the weather warms up and ABQ welcomes the beginning of tourism season, establishments acting as home-away-from-home for these vacationers are all gearing up to answer that one big question: What must I do while I’m in Albuquerque?
We’re no exception, and we love answering this question! Albuquerque is a unique city, offering something special for everyone. So without further ado here’s our list for you (in no particular order as you can’t go wrong with any of it!)
1. Sandia Park Tramway – Ascend 4,000 feet in 15 minutes to a 10,378 feet summit, and enjoy an 11,000 square-mile view of the Land of Enchantment. Sandia Tramway is the longest Tram in North America at 2.7 miles long. Enjoy some mild hiking while up there. 505.856.7325, http://www.sandiapeak.com/
2. ABQ Trolley Co. – Offering a variation of fun tours such as the Best of ABQ City Tour (1.5 hr), the Bad Tour (for Breaking Bad enthusiasts!), and the Duke City Pedaler Beer Bike (a 5k bike trip stopping at 3 breweries.) 505.240.8000, http://www.abqtrolley.com/
3. Bio Park – Consisting of the Botanic Gardens, the ABQ Zoo, and the ABQ Aquarium, you can purchase tickets for one attraction or receive a discount when you purchase a pass for all three. BONUS – combo passes are only $12 when purchased before noon! 505.768.2000, http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark
4. Breweries – ABQ has topped its share of ‘Best’ lists as well as won many medals with its incredible microbrews! This is a MUST DO for beer lovers! And if you’re not already a beer lover, ABQ will turn you into one. Pick one, pick all – you won’t be disappointed. Bosque Brewing just won the National IPA contest, while Canteen Brewery took 2nd (yes, 1st and 2nd place hale from ABQ.) La Cumbre and Marble Brewery both hold many medals as well. http://nmbeer.org/
5. Central Ave aka Route 66 (Old Town, Downtown, Nob Hill) – Central Ave joined Route 66 in 1937 and holds three main areas of ABQ; (from west to east) Old Town, Downtown, and Nob Hill. From the Mauger Estate you can easily head over to Old Town (the heart of ABQ since it was founded in 1706) and enjoy the San Felipe de Neri Church, 5 museums, and over 100 stores, galleries, and eateries. Head east on Central and spend a little time Downtown admiring some original architecture (for example the Kimo Theatre.) Continue east to Nob Hill where the neon lights of Route 66 come to life! Here you’ll find boutique shopping, trendy dining, and plenty of nightlife. Enjoy dinner in the gorgeous ABQ weather on one of the many patios. http://www.visitalbuquerque.org/albuquerque/route-66/
6. Hiking/Biking … or BOTH – There is no shortage of outdoor adventure in ABQ. With the Sandias to the east and the Bosque to the west, and a Bicycle Blvd running through ABQ, hike/bike until your heart is content! Didn’t bring your bike? No worries! Routes Bike Rentals right down the road from the Mauger Estate will take care of you. Need hiking recommendations? We’ve got you covered. http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/bike
If you find yourself in ABQ for a few days we highly recommend jumping on the Rail Runner (http://riometro.org/rio-metro-schedules/train-schedule/train-weekday) and taking the train to Santa Fe for the day. Hop on at the Alvarez Station, a ten-minute walk from the Mauger Estate, and hop off at the Santa Fe Depot to visit the plaza. Topping the list are also visits to Bandalier National Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.
The list certainly does not end here, so if you make your way through its entirety and are yearning for more, please ask us! We look forward to your visit, and to hearing about how much you love our beautiful Albuquerque.
Til then …
Written by Carrie, Innkeeper