How to Turn an Albuquerque Visit into the Best Vacation Ever

How to Turn an Albuquerque Visit into the Best Vacation Ever

You’ll find Albuquerque in the shadow of the Sandia Mountains. Despite the fact that Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city, you will still experience a small-town with true southwestern charm.

When it’s sunny most of the year, it is easy to relax. You’ll have travel experiences in Albuquerque that you can’t get anywhere else in the world. Rent yourself a comfy RV, and explore the old-world heritage, Spanish and Native American art and culture that make this city an eclectic powerhouse.

The best time to visit

Albuquerque is best viewed between September and November. While it is the fall, you can probably get away with wearing shorts and open-toed shoes. The weather doesn’t truly cool down until around late November and early December.

With the nice weather, you’ll feel quite comfortable driving around and strolling around various areas such as the Paseo del Bosque. Plus, you’ll steer clear of the skiers since it isn’t ski season yet. As a result, you’ll have plenty of space to do what you like.

Check out Old Town

Anchored by central plaza, this site is the original settlement established in 1706. Since then, the area has been shaped by both American and Spanish cultures. Along the beautiful cobblestone streets, you’ll find stunning adobe huts, galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants.

Plus, you’ll find Albuquerque’s oldest building here–the Church of San Felipe de Neri. Park your RV, and spend a few hours exploring Old Town.

Church of San Felipe de Neri

This church deserves some detailed attention. You’ll find it at the edge of Old Town’s plaza. This church was founded in 1706 as the first Roman Catholic Church built in Albuquerque. The original building collapsed in 1792, and a new one was completed in 1793–which, is what you see today. Over the centuries, a rectory, convent and school have been added.

To get a taste of history, the church also houses a museum that holds religious artifacts and art that were once hanging on the church’s walls. Even if you are not religious, this church is a must see at least to view the architecture and interiors. You can visit daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. Admission is free too. If you like, the church holds a daily Mass.

Sandia Peak Tramway

One of the best ways to get a massive and panoramic view of Albuquerque is by taking the Sandia Peak Tramway. The prices are $25 for adults and $20 for students. It’s free for children younger than five. Ride in cable cars that take you three miles around Albuquerque and up the 10,378-foot-high Sandia Peak summit.

Once you’re at the top, you can take in astonishing views of Albuquerque. On a clear day, you can see around 11,000 square miles. Plus, there are many hiking trails for more exploratory fun. For a more colorful view, try going at sunset.

Just remember to bring a jacket as the top of the mountain can get up to 30 degrees cooler than the base. The tramway runs between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day. You won’t want to miss this ride.

In conclusion

If you like the outdoors, Albuquerque is a top destination–especially in the fall. Pack up your RV and take your time enjoying The Land of Enchantment.

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