Albuquerque is a place where the views go on forever. From the Sandia Mountains you can look out over 15,000 square miles of magical landscape. And to the west, the Rio Grande snakes its way through the cottonwood-lined valley, silhouetting dormant volcanoes against fiery red sunsets.
Albuquerque's beguiling balance of big city convenience and rural charm has something of lasting value for everyone. Here the Old West meets the new frontier. Sip a malt on Route 66, try on some cowboy boots, watch an unforgettable sunset, take a tram ride, hike the Sandias, revisit the great atomic past or tour the silicon future. Delight in the dizzying blend of shops, industry, culture, arts and entertainment.
From the Sandias in the east to the dormant volcanoes out west, up and down the river, you'll be seduced by Albuquerque's rich character, mild weather, and unique place in history. In a city that's unpretentious and accessible, friendly and easy to negotiate, you'll enjoy our beautiful mountains, spiritual history, cultural diversity, urban funkiness, dynamic commerce and great blue skies.
Dining and Entertainment: A visit to Albuquerque is not complete without sampling authentic New Mexican cuisine. Looking for variety? You'll find international fare from every corner of the globe. You can have breakfast in an abuela's kitchen, lunch in a New York-style deli and dinner in "Thailand."
In Albuquerque's newly revitalized downtown, you can learn how to two-step or just listen to live music in one of the city's many nightspots. Other entertainment options include theater, dance, classical and rock concerts, and films.
Arts and Culture: You'll be amazed at the diversity of our performing arts. See a show at the historic Kimo Theatre, American Indian dances at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Hispanic arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, or popular music at the outdoor Journal Pavilion. Popejoy Hall hosts world-class concerts and performances year-round.
For visual arts, browse the galleries of Old Town or the permanent and changing exhibits at the Albuquerque Museum. Try hands-on exhibits at !Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum of New Mexico, and see the stars at LodeStar Astronomy Center, part of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Shopping: Shop around in Albuquerque and you'll find a little bit of everything: from bargains, one-of-a-kinds, and secondhand to art, antiques, and even tepees. Albuquerque's three malls feature national chain stores, but it's the unique neighborhood specialty shops where you'll find treasures like American Indian and traditional Hispanic jewelry, pottery, weavings, paintings, carvings, clothes and furniture.
Recreation: With mild year-round weather, an average altitude of more than a mile, and mountains, rivers and lakes nearby, it's hard not to be active in Albuquerque. Try hang-gliding off the Sandias, snowboarding at Sandia Peak, rollerblading along the Rio Grande, or mountain biking through the West Mesa. Professional sports fans can enjoy Scorpions Hockey or horse racing at the Downs.
We invite you to join us in this dynamic modern city that embodies the Spirit of the West. Albuquerque - it's the place to be for SITE 2003!
Albuquerque is a city full of exciting attractions and events, from Historic Old Town, where the Villa of Albuquerque was founded in 1706, to the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the most popular ballooning event in the world. Be sure to check out these and other local attractions during your
* Historic Old Town Discover the location of the original Spanish villa, famous for its restaurants, shops and galleries.
* Petroglyph National Monument Find over 17,000 lava-rock etchings carved by hunting parties over thousands of years.
* Sandia Peak Tramway Ride the world's longest continuous single-span tramway to Sandia's 10,378-foot peak.
* Albuquerque Biological Park Tour the Albuquerque Aquarium/Rio Grande Botanic Garden and Rio Grande Zoo in search of flora, fauna and fun!
* Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Discover the art, history and culture of the region's 19 American Indian Pueblos.
* Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Marvel as nearly 1,000 balloons take part in Mass Ascensions, Balloon Glows and Special Shapes Rodeos.
* National Hispanic Cultural Center Celebrate Hispanic arts and culture through compelling exhibits and performances.
Countless treasures await you beyond the city limits. Explore these attractions on your day off:
Turquoise Trail Travel this beautiful, scenic route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Wander through the charming and sophisticated City Different, renowned for its first-class galleries and restaurants.
Acoma Sky City Visit the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, situated on a 356-foot sandstone mesa.
Bandelier National Monument Explore part of a 50-square-mile wilderness area, including miles of trails that lead to spectacular Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings.