Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico. Being at altitude, it can literally take your breath away, watching amazing sunsets over the Rio Grande or marvelling that the Rocky Mountain range starts in New Mexico and runs all the way to Canada. Just the look of New Mexico, with its distinctive adobe buildings, tells you that you are in a special place. Renting an RV to tour Albuquerque and beyond is the best way to travel.
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RV Parks in Albuquerque
Albuquerque is well served with handy RV sites. High Desert RV Park is just off Interstate 40 with spacious hook-up sites, complete with picnic tables. Balloon View Homes and RV Park is the closest to the Balloon Festival grounds and has a pool. During the festival, additional parking is available on-site.
A taste of the South-West, the Cuisine of New Mexico
New Mexican food is unique: a fusion of Native American, Mexican and Spanish tastes. Its chief ingredient is the chilli pepper, served liberally with everything. The best places to try authentic South-Western cuisine are Ma and Pa diners, such as Mary and Tito’s Café, near the University of New Mexico, which has been keeping customers fired up since 1963. Other restaurants and bars are concentrated in the Downtown and Nob Hill areas.
Route 66 and Beyond: Road Trips from Albuquerque
Route 66 is the stuff of pure American legend, a paved road that began in Los Angeles, and went all the way to Chicago, fully completed by 1931. The New Mexican section was a giant S curve, linking Santa Rosa, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Los Lunas. Now replaced by the less romantically named Interstate 40, the original Route 66 through Albuquerque is called Central Avenue, and is lit by retro neon signs. Albuquerque has its own airport, the Albuquerque International Sunport, just 5km from Downtown. An RV Rental from Las Vegas is a popular choice, with many roadtrippers travelling through Albuquerque on their journey.
Attractions of Albuquerque, what to see and do
Start by walking the streets of historic Old Town. When the Spanish settlers arrived in 1706, they set out the town in the traditional colonial way, with a square plaza at the centre, anchored by a church. The white wall adobe San Felipe de Neri Church that stands now is the oldest in Albuquerque. Old Town is home to five museums and over 100 shops, galleries and restaurants.
The Pueblo Indian Cultural Centre is the showcase of the 19 New Mexican Pueblo communities. The Pueblo Indians differed from other Native American tribes in that they were not nomadic, but built communities and farmed the land. The Cultural Centre is a treasure-house of photos, archives and art exhibitions. It is possible to visit Pueblos throughout the state, which are still functioning communities.
Albuquerque is the ballooning capital of the world. It is home to a massive annual event each October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.Itis one of the most photographed events in the world. The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in the city is a one-stop visitor centre for all things ballooning, named for two of the world’s first ballooning adventurers.
New Mexico is a popular venue for television and movie filming, due to its climate, unique landscapes and tax incentives. A spin-off from this industry is film tourism, the ABQ trolley company offers film location tours daily. Their BaD tour visits scenes made famous in the Breaking Bad series.
The Albuquerque Isotopes baseball team is also a source of pride.
Driving in Albuquerque, what you need to know:
The altitude of New Mexico can take some adjusting to, causing fatigue or headaches. Take frequent breaks from driving and drink plenty of water until you feel acclimatised.