Albuquerque is a diverse city with Southwestern culture that is reflected in its Spanish and Pueblo-inspired architecture, quaint shopping spots, eclectic food, art, vibrant nightlife, music, and other attractions. Explore the Duke City in 48 hours through this guide.
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Day 1- Explore the History and Culture of 505!
9:00am- Breakfast at The Grove Cafe and Market!
Kick start your morning with a scrumptious breakfast at the Grove Cafe and Market. Relish the fresh, quality treats such as English muffins, Pancakes, bean salad, Genoa salami sandwich, and more.
Address: 600 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States
Phone: 1 505-248-9800
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 7:00am-4:00pm; Sunday: 8:00am-3:00pm
Explore the Duke City History at 10:00am!
Learn about the history of the Duke City at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. The museum features the contemporary and traditional art of the New Mexico and depicts the 400 years of history of Rio Grande Valley.
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 Grove Cafe and Market: 2.5miles or 8minutes drive
Dig into culture at 11:00am!
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 Albuquerque Museum of Art & History: 1.6miles or 5minutes drive
American International Rattlesnake Museum at 12:00pm!
Head over to the American International Rattlesnake Museum that houses the memorabilia, artifacts and the largest collection of rattlesnake species. 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 Indian Pueblo Cultural Center: 1.6miles or 6minutes drive
Out to Lunch at 1:00pm!
Up for some Mexican fare, visit the LA Placita Dining Rooms (208 San Felipe St NW), or the Casa DE Fiesta Mexican Grill (2004 S Plaza St NW). Relish French and Spanish cuisines at the Antiquity Restaurant (112 Romero St NW), or head to the La Crepe Michel that serves up delicious French fare. Go to Vinaigrette (1828 Central Avenue SW) for delectable American fare.
Ancient Past at 2:00pm!
Head over to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science that features the dinosaur skeletons, fossils exhibits, 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, and also has a planetarium and an IMAX theater.
Address: 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM87104, United States
Phone: (505) 841 2800
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
ABQ Bio-Park Zoo at 3:00pm!
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 New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science: 1.9miles or 7minutes drive
Edutainment Session at 4:00pm!
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
Distance from ABQ Bio-Park Zoo: 1.5miles or 8minutes drive
Retail Therapy at 5:00pm!
Shop for the things you like at the Nob Hill Shopping District (113 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States).This shopping spot has everything, from stylish and chip clothing stores to art galleries, vintage clothing, jewelry to indie boutiques, retro you stores, beauty and books stores, edgier shops like body piercing and tattoos, hobby shops, and many other specialty stores. Or Indulge in the brands you love at the ABQ Uptown (2200 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, United States). It 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.
Beer Fun at 7:00pm!
Head over to the Marble Brewery (111 Marble Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States) that has an outdoor beer garden and has an impressive line-up of house beers and several draft and bottle beers. You can also visit the Kellys Brew Pub (3222 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States) is a great hangout spot that serves beer with sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and more. Relax on the aptio outside or enjoy a game of pool while sipping beers at this sports bar
Dinner at 9:00pm!
Head over to the High Noon Restaurant & Saloon that serves the best steak in town and also has a wild-game focused menu. The top shelf dishes at the High Noon are red chile beef, green chile cheeseburger, seafood and of course, the steaks.
Address: 425 San Felipe Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, United States
Phone: (505) 765 1455
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-9:00pm
Distance from Marble Brewery: 1.7miles or 7minutes drive
Dance, drinks and music at Launchpad at 10:00pm!
Enjoy throbbing music that ranges from indie to blues and reggae, play a game of pool or videos games while sipping a few drinks at the Launchpad. It is the best live music venue in the ABQ!
Address: 618 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States
Phone: (505) 674 8887
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). It is a popular local dive in the ABQ with laid-back vibem diverse crowd and eclectic music.
Day 2- Outdoor Fun in the Duke City!
Start your day off at The Range Cafe at 9:00am!
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
Experience the art at 10:00am!
Head over to the University of New Mexico Art Museum that features contemporary and historical artwork. Check out the permanent collection of fine arts, including the works of Picasso, Rembrandt, O’ Keeffe, and more.
Address: 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, United States
Phone: (505) 277 4001
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Distance from the Range Cafe: 2.9miles or 9minutes drive
Ride the longest tramway in the world in the ABQ at 11:00am!
Glide above the Sandia Peak and see the stunning views of the city to the horizon through the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. Take in the beautiful views atop the peak!
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Lunch at 1:00pm!
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).
Explore the space and air museum at 2:00pm!
Discover the science, history, culture and art of balloons at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque Balloon Museum. The museum has a great collection of ballooning memorabilia and equipments, and historic artifacts.
Address: 9201 Balloon Museum Drive, Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque, NM 87113, United States
Phone: (505) 768 6020
Browse the Petroglyphs Collections at 3:00pm!
Check out the traces of the Duke City’s past at the Petroglyph National Monument. Marvel at the ancient symbols and images carved into the rock, and hike the three trails- the volcanoes, canyons and rinconado.
Address: 6510 Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, United States
Phone: (505) 899 0205
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Kids Fun and Adventure at 4:00pm!
Head over to the Cliff's Amusement Park for some thrill and adventure. Ride the tranquil Carousel, or the roller coaster, get on the historic train and explore the park, and enjoy the other rides at this spot. This park has rides for all ages!
Address: 4800 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, United States
Phone: 1 505-881-9373
Go Shopping at 6:00pm!
Indulge in the brands you like at the Coronado Center (6600 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, United States). This shopping spot features 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.
For some antiques and collectibles shopping, visit the Antique Connection Mall (12815 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123, United States) that has variety of stores from furniture to jewelry, art deco to sterling to pottery, vintage stuff, and more.
Dinner at 8:00pm!
Head over to the Bonefish Grill (6600 Menaul Blvd NE) for some delicious seafood, or Chili’s Grill & Bar (6909 Menaul Blvd NE) for mouthwatering Mexican fare, Viet Taste (5721 Menaul Boulevard Northeast) for Vietnamese fare. If craving for Italian, visit the Bravo Cucina Italiana (2220 Louisiana Blvd NE).
Party all night long- 10:00pm!
Dance the night away with drinks and live music at the Caravan East! Enjoy live music that ranges from Latin to house and country music, sip a few drinks and indulge in billiards at this nightspot!
Address: 7605 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, United States
Phone: 1 505-265-7877
Opening hours: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-2:00am
A Map Guide of Day 2 Tour in Albuquerque