Standing proud as New Mexico’s biggest metropolis as well as one of America’s earliest Spanish settlements, there’s a lot to take advantage of in the city of Albuquerque, both modern and old. Home to the Albuquerque International Support, which rests less than 5 miles south of downtown, offering a slew of low-cost business hotels on the cusp of city life, all without leaving the convenience of Sunport Boulevard. Get airport shuttles from Sheraton and Homewood Suites, not to mention close access to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express just by being in the area. Those looking for a bit more freedom should go all out with one of countless rides easy to reserve ahead of time, choosing between airport shuttles for hotels a bit closer to downtown, to private vans perfect for family trips to the Albuquerque Zoo, to simple taxi lifts to the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Make sure you leave time for the simple things, going on a stroll across diverse lands that range from the quaint garden paths & scenic waterfalls at Albuquerque Botanical Garden to diverse landscapes visible from the colorful sky of Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Take a glimpse at the diverse mountainscapes on the east side of town as well, checking out the Sandia Peak Tramway, home to over a mile of boardwalk vistas on the edge of the Cibola National Forest as well as sweeping gondola rides across the sky. The east region is a must-see for nature lovers, about as much as the west side’s ancient significance rooted at the Petroglyph National Monument. Grab a bite to eat somewhere special when you get the chance, choosing between the longtime Mexican served at Central Avenue’s Frontier to the classic southwestern at Sadie’s.