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We are traveling thru Albuquerque and will be staying here for 4 more nights. Any suggestions on things to see?

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The Atomic Museum in Albu., take the back road from Tijeras (east of the mountains east of Albu off I-40 and go through some "ghost towns" (madrid & can't remember other names but one was the locale for the movie "The Young Guns", go on up to Santa Fe, maybe over to Bandelier (sp?)Nat Monu, Los Alamos. Just remembered the other towns: Golden & Cerillos. Stop & drive up to Sandia Peak (off the same road,state route 14).

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Don't know if you gamble or not, if so, there is a casino s of town on I-25. Also, the tram up the mountain to the north.


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Go to the campgrounds office and look for one of those displays that are full of brochures from all the local attractions. BTW: The best fuel prices are at the casino/gas station/ at exit 252 on I-25 toward Santa Fe.


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I'll add in a few. This is an abbreviation of a longer list of things to see in do in the northern part of the state:

Things to see and do in or closer to Albuquerque (with a few longer descriptions):




Albuquerque is a city with a long history. There is evidence that as long as 25,000 years ago, people inhabited this area. Some

scientists have estimated the date to be 10,000 years ago. In any case, the area has an old heritage. The Anasazi Indians lived here from

1100 to 1300 A.D. In 1540, the Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasques do Coronado arrived from Mexico. After Coronado left, more

Spanish settlers moved here. By the 1600's, the area was called: "Bosque Grande de San Francisco Xavier" (A bosque is a forest on the

banks of a river or body of water or possibly an area of thick vegetation). In 1706, Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdez asked the Spanish

government for permission to establish a villa here. There must be 30 families to do so. There were only 18 at this time, but Cuervo, who was

at the time the provisional governor of the territory, knew the plan would help his future. Cuervo planned to name the villa, Alburquerque,

after the viceroy Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva, the Duke of Alburquerque. His application was accepted and the city of Alburquerque

was formed. The first "r" was dropped from the name supposedly when a sign painter omitted it because he couldn't spell it or just didn't

have enough room. There is another theory about the latin spelling of Albuquerque, which means white oak.

Albuquerque: Old Town

Albuquerque area: Tramway

Albuquerque: Balloon Festival (early Oct)

Albuquerque area: Petroglyph National Monument

Albuquerque area: Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

Albuquerque: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Santa Fe & area


Indians have lived here for over 1,000 years! Santa Fe is the second oldest city in the United States. Don Pedro de Paralta was

appointed Governor and Capitan General of New Mexico by the Viceroy of New Spain on 30 March 1609. He was to go to New Mexico

with other soldiers and priests and to found the Villa of Santa Fe.

New Mexico was brought into the United States in 1846. At that time, the Catholic Church sent Archbishop John Lamy to reorganize the

religious practices of the territory. Religion continues to play a large part in the Santa Fe area. The original name for the city was "La Villa de

la Santa Fe San Francisco de Assisi," or in english, "The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi."

Santa Fe has been the capital under four different flags since 1610: Spain, Mexico, the U.S. Confederacy and the United States. The

influence of many different cultures can especially be seen in the architecture. The adobe is from the Moors. The eastern styles and materials

from the Anglos. There are many old, historic buildings in Santa Fe, such as the Miraculous Winding Staircase at the Loretto Chapel or the

San Miguel Mission - the oldest church in the United States. Santa Fe has also become a cultural center for the region. The Santa Fe Fiesta

has been celebrated
since 1769. It remains a center for craftsmen and artisans to this day.

Santa Fe: La Fonda (historic Harvey hotel)

Santa Fe: Loretto Chapel

Santa Fe area: Pecos National Historical Park

Battle of Glorieta Pass, Civil War

Los Alamos: Atomic Lab Science Museum

Los Alamos: Bandelier National Monument

Los Alamos area: Valle Grande (caldera)

Jemes Springs: hot springs, pueblo

Jemez Springs: Grotto, Soda Falls, camping

Puye Cliffs National Historic Monument

Fort Union & Santa Fe Trail

Acoma pueblo (Sky City)

Bandelier National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument

Puye Cliffs National Historic Monument

Fort Union National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (BLM)

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The Pueblo Cultural Center is very interesting. Try an Indian taco in the restaurant.

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The Aquarium is lovely, small, but well organized and easy to view. It is in a great little park with beautiful gardens, and a very interesting children's park We went the first time and enjoyed just seeing it through the eyes of the children in the park. We returned to view it with our granddaughter.
The Old Pueblo district is fun for shopping and viewing. They have some really good restaurants. It it is still there, I highly recommend the French restaurant which was in the vicinity of the cannon.


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Old Town might be interesting for you. Old Town

NM Museum of Natural History (next door to Old Town) Natural History
List of Museums List
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is also in the same area, walking distance. Might find parking over in that area as well. Art/History

We found this interesting: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Center & Pueblos

Just minutes north of Albuquerque (off of I-25, exit 242) in Bernalillo, is Coronado State Monument where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado—with 300 soldiers and 800 Indian allies from New Spain—entered the valley while looking for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. Monument

The Albuquerque Zoo & Aquarium are neat as well. BioPark

I have never done this, but it seems like it could be neat. Sandia Peak Tramway
Virtual Tour

Nor have I done this, but many have Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

These seem neat as well:
Petroglyph National Monument

Turquoise Trail National Scenic ByWay

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Nob Hill Area and other Neighborhoods

Walking Tours

NM State Fair is also in Albuquerque.

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If you are a "I Love Lucy" fan (like me!), you can visit the Albuquerque Little Theatre, where Vivian Vance actually got her acting career started on the stage and made enough money to travel to New York for her formal training, and understudied with Ethel Merman! [emoticon]

Or if no one else has said it the Sandia Peak Tram is the longest aerial tram ride in the world at 2.7 miles up to the 10,000 ft Sandia Peak. Have fun!

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Acoma "Sky City" is a must. Drive West on I-40, it is an experience.

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