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9 Top Things To Do In Albuquerque

April 01, 2021

Top Things To Do In Albuquerque, New Mexico

Photography by The Dani Creative

City of Albuquerque – I’m back! The last time I was in New Mexico was in 2019 and I went to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. We wanted to visit White Sands National Park so we flew into Albuquerque, stayed a couple of nights in Santa Fe, drove down to White Sands, and then back to Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque has grown quite a bit since the last time I was here and I was excited to discover a couple of new spots! 

 

Little Bear Coffee in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Coffee at Little Bear Coffee Co.

Our first top in Albuquerque was coffee at Little Bear coffee shop. The space used to be a tire shop and it’s dog-friendly with an outdoor patio! 

2632 Pennsylvania St NE, Albuquerque, NM, littlebearcoffeeco.com

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& Stuff Retail Collective in Albuquerque, New Mexico

And Stuff Retail Collective

Located next door to Little Bear Coffee is the cutest little shop, And Stuff Retail Collective, that is part bookstore, gift shop, and plant shop. I’ve started buying plants as souvenirs every time I travel and I picked up a new plant here for this trip! 

3123 Central Ave NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM, andstuffretail.com

 

Rooftop Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rooftop brunch at Level 5 at Hotel Chaco

We stayed at Hotel Chaco in downtown Albuquerque, this Heritage Hotels & Resorts is a New Mexico based, independent luxury hotel brand with a portfolio of nine culturally distinct properties across the state, in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and Las Cruces. Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. was established in 2005 to develop culturally distinct hotels and resorts. The collection of distinctive New Mexico resorts and hotels draws from a blend of the Southwest’s Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and American Western cultural and historical influences.

Hotel Chaco has a pool on the ground floor and a rooftop restaurant called Level 5 with a stunning 360 panoramic view of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains. Loved the huevos rancheros on the brunch menu! 

Escape to Enchantment promotion

Heritage Hotels has a really amazing promo right now called Escape to Enchantment that allows travelers the opportunity to experience several of New Mexico’s top destinations, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and Las Cruces, while staying in luxury hotel properties, all for an affordable price. Perfect for an NM road trip!

Offers include:

  • $729: eight nights, four destinations
  • $579: six nights, three destinations OR
  • $399: four nights, two destinations

You can pick which properties and book by calling 1-800-617-7804

2000 Bellamah Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM, hotelchaco.com

 

Sawmill Market in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sawmill Market

Located conveniently across the street from Hotel Chaco is Sawmill Marke. This is New Mexico’s first artisan food hall with 20+ vendors spotlighting local businesses, artisans, and brand new concepts, from coffee, New Mexican food, pasta, desserts, flowers, gifts, and more. There’s a big outdoor space, The Yard, in the backyard with a cute camper that serves frozen drinks. 

A couple of our favorites:

  • Mercantile Cafe – crispy rice bowl
  • Tulipani – green chile chicken pasta
  • Neko Neko Taiyaki and Softserve

1909 Bellamah Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM, sawmillmarket.com

 

Hot Air Balloon in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Albuquerque’s dry climate makes it ideal for hot air ballooning so much so there’s an international balloon festival that’s held in the city. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is October 2 – 10, 2021. 

We booked a sunrise balloon tour with Rainbow Ryders and it was magical! Highly, highly recommend. The tour ended with mimosas and bubbles.

5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, rainbowryders.com/locations/albuquerque/

 

Lavender fields at Los Poblanos in Albuquerque New Mexico

Los Poblanos

I stayed at Los Poblanos on my previous trip to New Mexico and loved the lavender fields and alpacas on the property.

4803 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W., Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM, lospoblanos.com

 

Walter White's House in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Walter White’s House (Breaking Bad)

Did you know Breaking Bad was filmed in Albuquerque, NM? We drove by Walter White’s House – heads up, the lady who lives there now isn’t the friendliest! 

3828 Piermont Dr NE Albuquerque, NM

 

Shopping in Santa Fe New Mexico

Day trip to Santa Fe

Santa Fe is just one hour from Albuquerque and we stayed two days in Santa Fe – blog post coming soon!

 

White Sands National Park

White Sands is a 3 1/2 hour drive from Albuquerque but well worth the trip. The experience was magical! Photos coming soon 🙂

 

Other things to do in Albuquerque

  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • Tingley Beach
  • ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
  • San Felipe de Neri Church
  • Sandia Mountains
  • Sandia Peak Tramway
  • Albuquerque Museum – features the artworks of Peter Hurd and Georgia O’Keeffe.
  • Explora Science Center
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science – located in Old Town Albuquerque and home to a planetarium
  • Kimo Theatre (on Route 66)
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
  • The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • ​National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • American International Rattlesnake Museum
  • Rio Grande Botanical Gardens
  • Hotel Andaluz
  • National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Los Ranchos De Albuquerque
  • Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
  • Cliff’s Amusement Park
  • Balloon Museum
  • University of New Mexico (UNM)
  • Unser Museum
  • Historic Old Town Albuquerque

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WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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