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A Day in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque is one of the Southwest’s beautiful city bursting at the seams with galleries, museums, traditional and contemporary art, stunning mountain views, diverse shopping and fine dining. Immerse yourself in the beautiful weather, rich and unique culture, entertainment and fun, the ABQ has to offer. Explore the true south west in 24 hours-

Sandia Peak Albuquerque
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9:00am- Start your day off at The Range Cafe!

Start your day off with a delicious breakfast at the Range Cafe. This cafe serves American and New Mexican cuisines in a beautiful western decor with colored autographed plates on the walls. A great array of cookies and pastries will greet you at the entry. 

Address: 2200 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, United States
Phone: 1 505-888-1660
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:00am-9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 7:00am-9:30pm; Sunday: 7:00am-9:00pm

10:00am- Dig into culture!

Head over to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre that showcases the Native American culture through performances, information and interesting exhibits. On weekends, catch the performances of Native American art & craft demos, dance and other events. Experience the pueblo culture from the prehistoric times to the present day at this center!

Address: 2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, United States
Phone: (505) 843 7270 
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Distance from the Range Cafe: 2.6miles or 7minutes drive

11:00am- Explore the Duke City History!

Know about the history of Albuquerque at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. The museum features the history of Albuquerque from pre-Spanish era through the Civil War to present-day through artifacts and other exhibitions. It has a great collection of cultural and history items and exhibits from the past 400 years.

Address: 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, United States
Phone: 1 505-242-4600
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center: 1.6miles or 4minutes drive

12:00pm- American International Rattlesnake Museum!

Visit the American International Rattlesnake Museum that educates visitors about the rattlesnakes and other reptiles from all over the world. Get an up-close look of the snake species at this museum. One of the rare specimens to check is an albino western diamondback. Videos are played to provide information on these enigmatic creatures.

Address: 202 San Felipe Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, United States
Phone:  (505) 242 6569
Distance from the Albuquerque Museum: 0.4miles or 2minutes drive

1:00pm- Lunch!

Head over to the Grove Cafe & Market (600 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States) that serves up locally sourced food, or visit the High Noon Restaurant & Saloon (425 San Felipe Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, United States) that serves the best steak in the town. You can also go to Artichoke Cafe (424 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States) that serves Mediterranean and American cuisines.

2:00pm- Bones to Bytes!

Head over to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science that features the dinosaur skeletons, gems and stones, time travel simulation rides and the role of the Duke City in the computer age. The Altair 8800, the first personal computer was made and sold in ABQ. The museum features all facets of New Mexico natural history.

Address: 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM87104, United States
Phone: (505) 841 2800
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm

3:00pm- Fun time!

Head over to the ABQ Bio-Park Zoo that has more than 250 species of animals in their natural habitat, including elephants, zebras, polar bears, sea lions, seals, tamarins, orangutans, koalas, jaguars, mountain lions, and more. Feed the animals, go nose-to-nose with polar bear, meet the lions, get an up close with giraffe and other animals at this spot!

Address: 903 10th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States
Phone: (505) 768 2000
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Distance from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science: 1.9miles or 7 minutes drive

4:00pm- Kids Edutainment Session at Explora!

Time for an edutainment session! Head over to the Explora that features interactive exhibits on science, art and technology. Learn about the electronics, water dynamics, light, aviation, physics, robots, and other science-based concepts at this spot. A great learning experience for kids of all ages!

Address: 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, United States
Phone: 1 505-224-8300
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm

5:00pm- Go Shopping and Splurge!

Fashion-forwards, head over to the ABQ Uptown (2200 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, United States) that features fashionable clothing, accessories, jewelry and designer boutiques. Some of the stores at this spot are Pottery Barn, Ann Taylor, BCBG Max Azria, Bebe, J.Crew, Apple Store, Creek, Coldwater Creek, William Sonoma, and more.

Up for some more retail therapy! Head over to the Coronado Center (6600 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, United States) that features over 150 specialty stores. Some of the brands housed at this mall are Sears, Macy’s, Banana Republic, Kohl’s, JCPenney, American Eagle, Forever 21, Dicks Sporting Goods, and more. Fill you bags with the New Mexico charms!

7:00pm- Ride the 2.7mile aerial tram!

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway is the longest tramway in the world. Glide above the Sandia Peak and see the stunning views of the city to the horizon. Take in the beautiful views atop the peak!

Address: 30 Tramway Road NE, Albuquerque 87122, NM, US
Phone: 5050-856-7325
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-8:00pm


Head over to the Sandiago's Mexican Grill (38 Tramway Rd NE) that serves up Mexican cuisine, or visit the County Line (9600 Tramway Blvd NE) for American, barbeque and steak. For delicious seafood and American fare and spectacular views, head over to the High Finance Restaurant (40 Tramway Rd NE).

10:00pm- The night has just started in the Duke City!

Head over to the Sandia Resort and Casino (30 Rainbow Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87113, United States) that offers fine dining, entertainment, and beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains. Dance to the live bands playing some awesome dance music, sip a few drinks and enjoy the stunning views at this spot.


Head over to the Billy's Long bar for beers, pool and laid-back vibe. It has an impressive selection of beer, and lots if pool tables, darts and other sports. Enjoy the game while sipping beer and snacking on bar grub!

Address: 4800 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, United States
Phone: 1 505-889-0573
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00am-2:00am; Sunday: 12:00pm-12:00am

12:00am- Dance and Music all night long in the ABQ!

Dance to the DJs music all night long, revel in VIP experience, and sip a few drinks at the Lotus Nightclub & VIP Ultralounge (211 Gold Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States). Or Listen to live indie rock, bluegrass and alternative music, and dance the night away at the Burt’s Tiki Lounge (313 Gold Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM87102, United States).

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