Albuquerque, New Mexico is a wonderful city, full of art, great food, and convenient transportation options including an airport, train station and bus system. It’s well worth a visit by RV, but choosing where to go and what to do during your stay can be overwhelming. Here’s your guide to where to go and what to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ride the Sandia Park Tramway
This is the world’s longest tramway, and there’s an observation point at the top (10,378 feet) to stop and enjoy the view. There are great hikes nearby, and this makes a great spot to view the sunset too. Rides are $25 for adults.
This is an absolute bucket list item, probably for every RVer out there! For nine days in October, the skies above Albuquerque fill morning and night with hundreds of hot air balloons and pilots from around the world. Entertainers, food and fireworks add to the mix, making the Balloon Fiesta an absolute must see.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre
This is a great introduction to local Pueblo culture and history, but we’ve heard Pueblo Harvest, the restaurant inside the museum, is worth a trip in itself! Pro tip: try the blue corn pancakes.
Historic Route 66
Historic Route 66, and the new one, go right through Albuquerque! As though you needed another reason to pack your camera.
Wander Historic Old Town Albuquerque
With a mix of shops, museums and restaurants, historic old town deserves a few hours of your time as you explore the adobe architecture here. Plan to grab a bite to eat while you stroll, explore a museum (perhaps the Natural History museum if you’re fond of dinosaurs) and find a souvenir or two.
The Albuquerque Biopark
Here, in historic Old Town, you’ll find an aquarium, botanic gardens and perhaps the best part, the zoo! Here you’ll also find Tingley Beach, perfect for fishing (license required) or taking a walk by the Rio Grande Bosque. There’s no admission charge to visit the beach.
Enjoy the public art
You’ll quickly notice that art is everywhere in Albuquerque! There’s even an ABQ Public Art App to help you find it.
What to eat
There are too many great places to name them all here, but eating some green chiles—perhaps as part of a Green Chile Cheeseburger—is an absolute must while you’re in the area. And if you need to cool down after your green chile adventure, take a detour to La Michoacana De Paquime for some simple and delicious Mexican ice cream. Pro tip: Try the Pine Nut ice cream.
Where to park your RV
One campground option is Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. A day pass is only $5, but if you’re lucky, you can book a campsite here.
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