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Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre

The centre interprets the history and culture of New Mexico's 19 American Indian pueblos, and presents ceremonial dances and craft demonstrations on weekends. The contemporary arts and crafts section features work by a collection of artists from each of the pueblos but is being renovated at present. There are also short films.

Address: , 2401 12th Street NW , Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 843 7270 or 1 866 855 7902.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.indianpueblo.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

The world's longest such conveyance, this 4.2km (2.7-mile) tramway transports visitors above deep canyons from the city's Northeast Heights neighbourhood high into the spectacular terrain of the Sandia Mountains and the Cibola National Forest. There's a popular restaurant at the top. The observation deck at 3,163m-high (10,378ft) Sandia Peak offers a 11,000sq mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment.

Address: off I-25 Exit 234 or I-40 Exit 167, 10 Tramway Loop NE, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 856 7325.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-2100 (summer); Wed-Mon 0900-200, Tues 1700-200 (autumn/winter).

Website: http://www.sandiapeak.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Historic Old Town

A repository of history a short drive from downtown Albuquerque, Old Town retains the architectural style of the 1700s and is home to more than 150 stores, 25 galleries, plenty of fine restaurants and several museums. Centered around the plaza, it offers 10 blocks of historic adobe buildings. The Pueblo-Spanish style architecture features flat-roofed buildings, soft contours, long porches in the fronts of most buildings and benches often found built into the back walls of the portals.

Address: , , ,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Dawn til dusk.

Website: http://www.albuquerqueoldtown.com/
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Petroglyph National Monument

This important archaeological site contains the world's largest accessible collection of petroglyphs - ancient Indian images carved into the black rock remnants of extinct volcanoes featuring designs and symbols by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. Visitors are allowed to hike the volcanoes, rinconada and canyons from sunrise to sunset by simply parking outside of the gated parking lots.

Address: , 6001 Unser Boulevard NW, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 899 0205.
Opening times:

Daily 0800-1700 (visitor centre).

Website: http://www.nps.gov/petr
Admission Fees:

Yes (for parking)

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

In the heart of Old Town, the museum features art of the Southwest as well as permanent and travelling exhibits detailing 400 years of Albuquerque and Rio Grande Valley history. Check out exhibits on the city's origins as a Spanish colonial village and artworks, from the works of indigenous peoples to Spanish colonial art to cutting-edge modern installations.

Address: , 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 243 7255.
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.cabq.gov/museum
Admission Fees:

Yes (except for the first Wed of every month and Sun between 0900-1300).

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Hot-air balloons have been used for adventure, scientific experiments, warfare, the arts, espionage and the exploration of space. Albuquerque, considered the world capital of recreational hot-air ballooning, celebrates this heritage with a high-tech museum filled with historic artefacts and impressive interactive multimedia displays.

Address: Balloon Fiesta Park, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 768 6020.
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.balloonmuseum.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Hot-air balloons have been used for adventure, scientific experiments, warfare, the arts, espionage and the exploration of space. Albuquerque, considered the world capital of recreational hot-air ballooning, celebrates this heritage with a high-tech museum filled with historic artefacts and impressive interactive multimedia displays.

Address: Balloon Fiesta Park, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 768 6020.
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.balloonmuseum.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico

The largest Latino cultural centre in the country, this extensive facility includes state-of-the-art performance spaces and galleries that present a variety of programmes and installations celebrating Hispanic culture both locally and regionally. There's also a restaurant serving authentic New Mexico food.

Address: , 1701 Fourth Street SW, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 246 2261.
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.nationalhispaniccenter.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico

The largest Latino cultural centre in the country, this extensive facility includes state-of-the-art performance spaces and galleries that present a variety of programmes and installations celebrating Hispanic culture both locally and regionally. There's also a restaurant serving authentic New Mexico food.

Address: , 1701 Fourth Street SW, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 246 2261.
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.nationalhispaniccenter.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Rio Grande Zoo

Founded in 1927, this 26-hectare (64-acre) facility houses more than 1,000 animals in their natural habitats, including an African savannah and Amazon rainforest. Popular species include seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, camels, tamarins, koalas, Mexican wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, jaguars, zebras and rhinoceros.

Address: , 903 10th Street SW, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 768 2000.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/zoo
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Explore volcanoes or the solar system and take a peek at dinosaurs at the worthy museum, which also houses a planetarium. There's a range of permanent and temporary exhibits too.

Address: , 1801 Mountain Road N.W, Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 841 2800.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

University of New Mexico Art Museum

The University of New Mexico Art Museum has a permanent collection of over 30,000 objects such as paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculptures -the largest fine art collection in the state.

Address: , 203 Cornell Dr. N.E., Albuquerque,
Telephone: (505) 277 4001.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 1000-1600.

Website: http://www.unmartmuseum.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

American International Rattlesnake Museum

This offbeat museum holds the world's largest collection of live rattlesnakes, as well as a wide array of snake-related artwork, artefacts and memorabilia.

Address: , 202 San Felipe Street NW, Albuquerque,
Telephone: Tel: (505) 242 6569.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1800, Sun 1300-1700 (summer); Mon-Fri 1130-1730, Sat 1000-1800, Sun 1300-1700.

Website: http://www.rattlesnakes.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Tourist Offices

Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +1 505 842 9918
Opening times:

Daily: Apr-Oct 1000-1800, Nov-Mar 0930-1630.

Website: https://www.visitalbuquerque.org

The city's main tourist office, the Old Town Information Center, is just off the plaza in the Old Town, near the church. There's another information centre in the lower level of the airport.

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Hotel Blue

Just west of downtown along legendary Route 66, this four-storey 1960s hotel has spacious, airy rooms at reasonable rates, decorated with a certain Art Deco flair. The rooms are on the small side, but there's complimentary breakfast, coffee, and a free shuttle service to and from the airport, bus or train station.

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

A short walk north of Old Town, this 11-storey hotel blends Native American, Mexican, Spanish and Western cultural traditions and includes a fitness centre, two well-respected restaurants and bars, and an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool. There's even a wedding chapel, should you decide to get hitched.

Embassy Suites Hotel Albuquerque

One of the city's most attractive hotels, on the northeast edge of downtown, this all-suite property features a full-service day spa and a lovely open atrium with a cascade and meandering water trails. Each of its sizeable suites features a separate living area with sofa bed, armchair and well-lit work/dining table, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker.

Hotel Andaluz

Built just before World War II by local-born Conrad Hilton, as the flagship property for his new hotel chain, this magnificently restored downtown gem is a delightful place to stay. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and very comfortable, while the public spaces are superb, and include an excellent Spanish restaurant.

Econo Lodge Old Town

It's hard to find cheap rooms near the Old Town, so this attractive, well-kept chain motel, just a couple of minutes' walk west towards the river, is a real boon. Features include free breakfasts and wi-fi, and a heated indoor pool.

Hyatt Place Albuquerque/Uptown

Well located for first-time visitors, the Hyatta Place offers comfortable good-value rooms along with an outdoor swimming pool, free breakfasts and onsite parking, with a huge shopping mall alongside. A 24-hour kitchen prepares made-to-order snacks to ensure you don't go hungry, day or night.