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Albuquerque travel guide

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You're Going to Love Albuquerque

Nestled at the base of the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque is New Mexico's jewel. That's not just an empty phrase. The city of turquoise is packed with jewelry makers and artisan designers, but there's much more available than just beautiful accessories.

If you want to escape from the urban scene, Albuquerque is the perfect base for a trip into the Sandia Mountains, where you can climb, hike, ride, bike or ski when the season is right.

Back in town, this three hundred-year-old colonial town retains much of its historic charm. Wander the streets of the Old Town and visit the Turquoise Museum. Check out the Museum of Art and History and dine at high-class but affordable New Mexican restaurants like Acapulco or el Pinto.

There are even high-energy sporting events to attend, like Lobos basketball matches in "the Pit." So what are you waiting for? Albuquerque is there for you to explore, at almost any time of year.

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When to Visit Albuquerque

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The fall is definitely Albuquerque's most attractive season, so schedule a trip between September and November to take advantage of mild weather and a packed cultural calendar. However, winter has its appeal as well, with ski slopes opening in the Sandia Mountains. Summer can be a little too hot for some, but with lower hotel rates, it's a great time to head to Albuquerque for a relaxing break.

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Where to Stay in Albuquerque

Nob Hill and Downtown Albuquerque are the neighborhoods to look at if you are seeking luxury family accommodation. If your budget stretches far enough, don't miss the stunning Hotel Andaluz, designed in a traditional Spanish-influenced style. Other reliable, comfortable options include the Sheraton, Radisson and Hyatt and there are also some lovely bed and breakfasts, including Mauger Estate and the Bottger Mansion.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to walk around a shopping district filled with souvenir stores, then Old Town is the place to visit. There you'll find galleries like Amapola, selling affordable local ornaments and paintings, Native American pottery outlets like Andrews Pueblo Pottery and stores where anything is possible, like the Old Town Emporium. Other than that, Nob Hill and Central Avenue have clusters of boutiques, while Coronado Mall in Uptown features major brands like J.C. Penney and Sears.

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Self-catering vacationers can save money during their stay by shopping for groceries at stores like Walmart, John Brooks, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, while you can shop for local produce at the La Montañita Co-op as well. In general, the city is fairly cheap, with a gallon of milk costing under $3 and a pound of apples around $1.20.

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Where to Eat in Albuquerque

The finest food in Albuquerque is, unsurprisingly, Mexican and Mexican-influenced. However, there are some subtle local differences with standard Mexican food. In particular, New Mexican cooking revolves around red or green chile sauces and sopapilla breads to soak up the sauce. Check out some of the finest examples of regional cuisine at Acapulco, Federico's and El Pinto. Looking beyond Mexican food, Asian Grill serves affordable Vietnamese dishes; Rasoi is a superb Indian option, and the Rancher's Club is an elite seafood and prime meat joint. Dining out isn't too expensive. Expect a mid-range meal to cost around $15 and gourmet meals to cost upwards of $25.

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