Flights to Albuquerque
Situated centrally within the state of New Mexico is the city of Albuquerque, the largest city in the state. Though often overshadowed as a tourist destination by the state’s capital, Santa Fe, Albuquerque does have a number of its own tourist attractions and is worth the visit.
The Albuquerque International Sunport (airport code: ABQ) is the largest airport in the state, and where most tourist travel arrives. The geography of the area means that this airport is known to have very rough and bumpy approaches, even with large aircraft. Most flights to Albuquerque will have 2 connections from South Africa, except for flights with United Airlines. They have a 1-stop route that goes through Dulles Airport in Washington. Flights to Albuquerque can be arranged with Delta Airlines, with stops in Atlanta and Denver, or British Airways that flies through London and then Denver.
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The Tourist Attractions in Albuquerque:
Santa Fe is the more famous and visited city in New Mexico but Albuquerque actually has a good number of tourist attractions be they cultural, historical and recreational. Some of the city’s top attractions include:
Albuquerque Biological Park
The Albuquerque Biological Park is actually a combination of three different attractions and visitors can be a combination ticket for better value entrance prices. The Rio Grande Zoo contains many popular species of animals and is well put together with attractive enclosures. Feeding times are posted in the zoo so that you can make your way along and get a better view of certain animals during feeding time, plus there are other activities and shows scheduled during the summer months too. There’s a narrow gauge railway that runs through the zoo running every 20 minutes.
A separate narrow gauge railway connects the zoo to the aquarium and botanical gardens. The Albuquerque Aquarium is small but good all the same, focusing on saltwater species from the Gulf of Mexico, then there are the attractive Botanical Gardens that include an indoor butterfly garden, Japanese Garden, a farm with petting zoo and a great area for the children called Fantasy Garden.
Cultural Attractions in Albuquerque
Amongst the assortment of cultural attractions in Albuquerque are the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Both have small museums though both are good and have some interesting artefacts and exhibits.
Albuquerque Old Town
Albuquerque Old Town is the historic area where the city was first founded back in 1706. This attractive part of the city is popular with tourists for its combination of architecture, including adobe, specialty shops and great restaurants. Attractions within the Old Town include Old Town Plaza; the oldest building in Albuquerque the San Felipe de Neri Church, and several museums.
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History conducts guided walking tours of the Old Town as well as displaying many artefacts on the colonial history of New Mexico, whilst kids into dinosaurs will love the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
The Sandia Peak Tramway
The Sandia Mountains that rise above Albuquerque offer many hiking opportunities and the peak can be reached via the Sandia Peak Tramway. Even if you’re not interested in hiking, the tramway is well recommended for the excellent views over the city.
When Should You Visit?:
Albuquerque has four distinct seasons though all are short of rainfall and renowned for being sunny and fairly cloudless, making Albuquerque a great city to visit at any time of the year. June, July and August are the hottest months with average highs of 32 and 33 C. Spring and autumn are mild and though winters are cooler, daytime temperatures are still usually good enough to enjoy sightseeing.