If you are looking for the classical road trip adventure, you will delight in the charming scenery that presents itself to you after landing at Albuquerque International Sunport. After all, New Mexico contains over 350 miles of the famed Route 66, one of the first United States Highway System thoroughfares and a classic symbol of Americana. Whether you want to take a spin here or check out the bounty of environmental, cultural, or visual wonders of Albuquerque, renting a car is your surest bet to make the most of your stay in New Mexico!
Travel for just a little under 20 miles northeast from the Sunport and you will find yourself on the western crestline of the Sandia Mountains and staring up at the famed Sandia Peak Tramway – the world’s third longest of its kind. Ascend 10,378 feet to the Sandia Peak summit at dusk, and prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning sunset views of the Cibola National Forest and Rio Grande.
While we’re up in the air, let’s talk about what may be among the most beautiful events in America – the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Held annually in early October, the world’s largest hot air balloon festival lasts nine days and features over 500 hot air balloons in flight. It will be the most beautiful thing! The Fiesta features an awe-inspiring launch at sunrise and glow-in-the-dark balloons by evening, so you’ll be in for a treat whenever you stop by!
Finally, don’t leave town without making the trip northwest to Old Town Albuquerque, the original community center of the town’s 18th century settlers. With plenty of local shops, restaurants, and museums constructed in New Mexico’s signature Pueblo-Spanish architecture, Old Town is the perfect place to stroll and soak in the culture of the American Southwest. If you can make it in December, view Old Town decked for the hundreds of candlelit paper lanterns surrounding the popular San Felipe de Neri Church during the famed Luminarias celebration.
Albuquerque is bursting at the seams with not-to- miss events and sites, so making sure to rent the right car is important to making your trip as hassle free as possible. At Orbitz, we have the widest range of classes and sizes. So, regardless of how long you’re staying or how much terrain you want to cover, we can perfectly suit your car rental needs.