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Albuquerque Attractions and Things to See

Albuquerque is the biggest city in the state of New Mexico, and sits in the heart of the state along the Rio Grande River. It is home to the University of New Mexico, Kirtland Air Force Base, the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, Sandia National Laboratories, Petrogylph National Monument and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. On the city's eastern edge, the Sandia Mountains rise and the Rio Grande runs through the center of the city, north to south. This city is home to 300 visual arts, film, ethnic, music, dance, literary and craft organizations, associations, museums and festivals. There are many points of interest that include; galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, the Albuquerque Biological Park, Old Town Albuquerque and the Museum of Natural History and Science. The Sandia and Manzano Mountains offer plenty of trails, rock climbing opportunities and open spaces as far as the eye can see.

The Sandia Peak Tramway is the second biggest in the world, and has the world's third longest single span. Their sports teams include basketball, ice hockey and football. The city has many beautiful parks, hiking trails and bike trails throughout the metro region, with the best areas to try these in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. It is now ranked as the number 1 fittest city in the nation, and is critiqued by its bike trails and lanes, the Balloon Fiesta Park, the plethora of recreational activities, Sandia Tramway, the many parks located in the region and the amazing Petrogylph National Monument.

Albuquerque has six bridges that span the Rio Grande and has a wonderful commuter rail system to get around; and the two airports that service it are an international one and a multi-mixed type of airport that offers flights in military, training, private, air ambulance and charter flights, with some corporate flights using it as well. It is considered to be the hub of medicine for the state with a number of state-of-the-art medical centers.

The area has become well known for its magnificent balloon festivals, gathering people and hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the world. Their biological park has the Rio Grande Zoo, the Rio Grande Botanical Garden and the Albuquerque Aquarium, offering you the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the flora, fauna and aquatic indigenous species in one easy to walk place. Their excellent museums include the natural history and science museum, the science center and children's museum, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the Indian Pueblo cultural center, the Hispanic cultural center, the International rattlesnake museum and the city's museum; with all these offering great insights into various ethnic groups and their wonderful history. At the White Sands Missile Range you can relive the intrigue and excitement that abounded in the cold war era and various types of missiles that were developed to offset the improvements made by other nations, in particular, the Soviet Union.  

Trinity Site might interest some people, since it was the site of the first atomic explosion in the world, and it contains the National Nuclear museum to provide more information than the ordinary human wants to know or learn about this terribly destructive weapon. During the 1980s, the United States would produce over 17,000 nuclear warheads, although it would take just 200 of these devils to destroy our world. The Petrogylph national monument contains about 15,000 prehistoric rock art images along a 17 miles stretch in the West Mesa volcanic escarpment that would take a few days to completely enjoy, so, it could be a great vacation to rent a car and visit the area and enjoy some overnight camping.