There is plenty to explore around Albuquerque. Here are a few of our favorites:
Tourism/general things to do:
- Sandia Peak Tramway: Take a trip to the peak of the Sandia Mountains, visit High Finance Restaurant for a drink, and take in a great view of the city
- Take a day trip to the capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe. It is a bit more than an hour drive from Albuquerque, but if you choose not to rent a car, you can take the Railrunner. We recommend eating at the Shed, and if you do go there, you are cheating yourself if you don’t try the mocha cake. There is a ton of shopping in Santa Fe, especially with regard to art and jewelry (particularly silver and turquoise.) You can also check out historic Loretto Chapel.
- The ABQ BioPark is great for families and has a zoo, an aquarium, and the Botanical Gardens.
- Hiking is popular here. La Luz is a famous and challenging hiking trail. (Note that Albuquerque is a mile high and altitude makes breathing more difficult!)
Food in New Mexico is really good, and we always indulge when we are in Albuquerque. Almost any dish will have the option to come topped with green chile, and we take advantage at every turn. Be warned that chile can range from mild to extraordinarily hot, and asking a server how hot their chile is while ordering is unlikely to help if your heat tolerance differs from his/hers, so you will likely not know what it will be like until your dish arrives. Order it on the side to be safe. (Tip from Rob: an amusing thing to do is to ask a New Mexican what the difference between “Mexican” and “New Mexican” food is. The friendly locals will tell you that there is one but when they explain they just wind up talking about how the two are exactly the same.)
Places to try in town:
- The Range is Gina’s favorite place in Albuquerque. Great diner food with a spicy twist.
- Get a green chile cheeseburger. There are many options, but a recommendation is the one served at (warning: autoplays loud music, mute your audio before clicking) Owl Cafe
- Other New Mexican food: you’ll be getting the best at the reception at El Pinto, but if you can’t get enough (like us) suggestions include El Patron and Sadie’s. Don’t forget to get a sopapilla, either for dinner or for dessert, while you’re in town.
- The Standard Diner is another great choice for fantastic diner food.
- For pizza, we generally go with Dion’s.
- If you’re in the mood for Italian food, Trombino’s is a very tasty option.
- Finally, if you just want a decent local beer, La Cumbre Brewing is likely your best bet. This is simply a tasting room in a warehouse district and there is only food if a cart is parked outside. Rob thinks their best is the charmingly-named Project Dank.