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The great outdoors collide with a modern hub of arts and culture in the earthy, exciting city of Albuquerque. As New Mexico’s largest city, the best way to explore its sprawling anf fascinating area is with a rental car of your choice.
Albuquerque was founded in 1706 and the historic center maintains much of its old-world charm. Look for Pueblo-Spanish architecture, a church from 1793 and later Victorian additions. Here’s where you can browse the curios of the American International Rattlesnake Museum and marvel at the wonders contained in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Nob Hill has to be visited at night. A long row of neon signs brings Route 66 into sparkling, retro life. In the evening, you’ll also get the chance to eat in popular taquerias and traditional diners. During the daytime, it’s still one of the best corners of Albuquerque for shopping and entertainment.
The eastern corner of the city is where the wilderness begins to creep into the manmade areas. Take the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram into the mountains – one of the longest aerial trams in the country – and stand in awe of the views back into the valley. Bring your hiking boots to follow the trails once you’re at the top.
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You’ve arrived in Albuquerque, you go to pick up your car, you have questions. We’re here to answer them.
Pueblo-style architecture, vintage Americana and breathtaking wilderness all contribute to the intoxicating desert atmosphere of Albuquerque. Read our tips for the best spots to enjoy the eclectic attractions of the city.
This can vary among different car rental companies – check with the one you choose – but everyone over 25 can rent a car here. Many rental outlets will also offer cars for drivers aged 21 and above, but will charge extra to cover the increased insurance costs.
Whatever suits your needs and preferences best. Albuquerque hosts numerous recognized car rental companies, including Budget, Advantage, Avis and more. The search function on Orbitz will help you decide and compare prices for your trip. Browse our results for the best rental car and deal for you.
Make sure you have your driving license and a credit card. If you don’t have a credit card, contact the rental company in advance to ask what other documentation you may need with you. If you don’t have a US license, bring your license from your home country and an International Driving Permit.
It is possible to arrive in Albuquerque and pick up a rental car from there. However, this is inadvisable as it’s inconvenient, and you’re unlikely to get as good a deal. Book in advance and things will be much easier. You can take your pick of a wider range of cars, you don’t need to pay up front and there’s no cancellation fees with most providers. There’s a good chance that it’ll be cheaper, too.