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Whether you're into history, culture, outdoor adventures or just in need of some new and unique scenery, Albuquerque offers exciting attractions for all ages and interests, anytime of the year. In the historic section of Old Town, ancient Indian and Spanish cultures come to life through old churches, quaint shops and piazzas, winding brick paths and adobe benches. Browsers can spend a whole day making their way through more than 100 stores, boutiques and galleries that sell Southwestern goods, as well as unique products, from around the world. During the winter holiday season, Old Town is adorned with small lit candles and thousands come to stroll through the streets, listen to live music and celebrate. It is truly a sight to see. But the history doesn't stop there. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Petroglyph National Monument offer a glimpse of old Indian customs and art. Families will find plenty to do at the Albuquerque Biological Park, which features a zoo, aquarium and botanic garden. Outdoor types will find ample opportunities for hiking, biking and golf. After working up an appetite, head to any number of fine restaurants that serve up a choice of hot or even hotter New Mexican cuisine. To top it all off, take a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of all this vibrant city has to offer.
Besides having so much to offer visitors right in town, Albuquerque is a great base for day trips to all of central New Mexico. Within 1 to 2 hours from the Albuquerque's city center you may visit Santa Fe by way of the Turquoise Trail through the historic old mining towns of Madrid and Cerrillos, see Sky City, Acoma Pueblo, (the longest continuously inhabited community in North America), horseback ride through the foothills of the Sandia Mountails and along the Rio Grande, or visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge for unrivaled bird watching. Just to the north of Albuquerque in the Jemez Mountains you can hike through the extensive cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument, visit the many rivers, streams and Fenton Lake State Park to fish and relax in the Hot Springs.
Not a nature lover? Relax. There are three casinos on the edges of town, and another just 20 minutes to the west. Along with the usual casino suspects...you will find great dining and world class entertainment.
There is something for everyone in and around Albuquerque. With both luxury and affordable lodging, making ABQ your home base for central New Mexico is a really good plan.