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Introduction

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Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico with well over half a million inhabitants in the city itself and around 850,000 in the metropolitan area. It's located in the central parts of the state along the Rio Grande. It was actually a pretty sleepy town until after World War II when the city sprang to life in the middle of the desert. It is a strong mix of traditional native cultures, hispanic culture and white culture

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Sights and Activities

  • Petroglyph National Monument - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days. Address: 6001 Unser Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, Phone: 505-899-0205, Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Price: $1 weekdays/$2 weekends per vehicle
  • Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway - The world's longest passenger aerial tramway. Address: 30 Tramway Road NE, Albuquerque, NM, Phone: 505-856-7325, Hours: 9:00am to 9:00pm weather permitting, Price: Various up to $20

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Events and Festivals

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a nine day event held every October and is the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world. Over 700 balloonists participate and the event draws approximately 100,000 spectators. It is a truly spectacular sight to see the sky filled with hundreds of brightly colored balloons of different shapes and sizes. The Fiesta includes day and evening activities.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max8.2 °C11.9 °C16.3 °C21.6 °C26.5 °C32.2 °C33.6 °C31.7 °C27.7 °C21.7 °C14.1 °C8.6 °C
Avg Min-5.7 °C-3.1 °C0.1 °C4.2 °C9.2 °C14.6 °C18 °C17 °C12.9 °C6.1 °C-0.4 °C-4.9 °C
Rainfall11.2 mm11.7 mm13.7 mm13.2 mm12.7 mm15 mm34.8 mm41.7 mm25.4 mm22.6 mm10.9 mm12.7 mm
Rain Days2.432.822.62.66.36.44.43.72.82.7

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Getting There

By Plane

Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) is the main gateway. Southwest Airlines offers most flights, including to/from Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, El Paso, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle and Tucson.
Several other airlines serve San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Denver, Cleveland, Atlanta, Minneapolis-Saint Paul and (the only international flight) Chihuahua in Mexico.

By Train

The Southwest Chief, operated by Amtrak, travels between Chicago and Los Angeles, stopping in Albuquerque, among other places.

By Car

Albuquerque is at the crossroads of the north-south Interstate 25 from Colorado towards the border with Mexico and the east-west Interstate 40 between Amarillo, Texas and Flagstaff, Arizona. The last one roughly lies on the location of the historic Route 66, parts of which run through downtown Albuquerque.

By Bus

Check the Greyhound website for information about getting to/from Albuquerque by bus.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Red Roof Inn and SuitesI-25 at Comanche Road, Exit #2Hotel-
Route 66 Hostel1012 Central Ave SW SuiteHostel73
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center10300 Hotel Avenue NEHotel-
Motel 6 Albuquerque South - Airport1000 Avenida Cesar Chavez Southeast AlbuquerqueHotel-
Best Western InnSuites Hotel & Suites Albuquerque2400 Yale Blvd SE AlbuquerqueHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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References

  1. 1 2009 estimate, U.S. Census Bureau

Quick Facts

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Population
528,497[1]
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 35.080371
  • Longitude: -106.627085

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