Albuquerque will charm you right away. Set between imposing mountain ranges on a desert terrain, through which the Rio Grande flows, its sheer beauty will make you linger on. Should you want to explore its surroundings, know that other New Mexico attractions, such as Acoma Pueblo and Chaco Canyon, are close by. Still, it is not its wonderful landscapes all around that will make your New Mexico vacation a fabulous one, but the city itself.
Start off your getaway with a walk in the past in Old Town, which has seen three centuries of Spanish and Native American residents. To learn more about it all, visit the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and relive the early stages of Western settlement in its exhibitions, including cowboy boots from the 16th century and 17th-century pottery. To complete the journey, cool off on a hot day at the Church of San Felipe de Neri, which dates back to the year 1706.
Just before the sun starts setting, why not opt for the Sandia Peak Tramway? This way, you can see the last rays of sunlight radiate through the adobe streets and over Rio Grande Valley down below and then see the city lights sparkle at night. When the day is done, put on your dancing shoes and make your way to Downtown for modern dance clubs and martini bars. For Celtic and bluegrass tunes, step into the O'Niell's Irish Pub, which is close to the University of New Mexico.