New Mexico’s largest city may be best known for Breaking Bad, but Albuquerque is also a hub for culture, cuisine, and art. Locals and tourists both enjoy visiting Albuquerque’s farm-to-table restaurants and historic neighborhoods. There’s also a Breaking Bad tour for true fans of the series.
For a bird’s eye view of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande valley, ride the tram to the top of the Sandia Mountains. To explore the city’s history and culture, visit the Old Town Plaza.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the biggest balloon event in the world. This event attracts nearly 600 balloons and 1,000 pilots. Spectators can watch the balloons ascend in the morning and glow in the evening.
Explora is a new kid-friendly science center in downtown Albuquerque. Nearby, the ABQ BioPark includes a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, and butterfly room.
Albuquerque’s culinary experience is defined by one question: red or green chile? Taste authentic New Mexican cuisine at Sadie’s of New Mexico, or grab a drink at one of many local craft breweries.
Albuquerque is home to a burgeoning community of artists, dancers, and musicians. For contemporary visual art, visit 516 Arts. For Broadway musicals, head over to Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico.
For local boutiques and galleries, visit the Nob Hill Shopping District. For upscale shopping and dining, head to the Coronado Mall or ABQ Uptown in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights.
Just west of Albuquerque, the Petroglyph National Monument protects designs and symbols carved into volcanic rocks over 400 years ago. To the East, the Sandia Mountains offer world-class ski slopes.