Sitting a mile above sea level and boasting a high-desert climate, Albuquerque brings 310 sunny days and cool, crisp evenings, allowing the destination’s many outdoor attractions to be enjoyed year-round. Although the city does boast a sizable amount of gay nightlife venues, there is no better way to explore Albuquerque than venturing outdoors. Here are a few attractions worth visiting during your trip to New Mexico.
Historic Old Town: As one of the oldest towns in North America, founded in 1706 by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez, Old Town Albuquerque encompasses ten blocks of historic adobe buildings build in the Spanish colonial style. Today, visitors can explore local shops with artisans are found selling everything from vintage artifacts to Native American jewelry on the sidewalks, art galleries and local restaurants where diners can taste authentic New Mexican cuisine and see Albuquerque’s oldest church.
Petroglyph National Monument: The monument contains more than 20,000 images pecked in stone. Some are recognizable as animals, people or crosses & other more mysterious. All are inseparable from the landscape & from the spirits of the people who created them. The images carved onto these black rocks provide an opportunity for people today to share the cultures of those who long ago inhibited & traveled through the Rio Grande Valley.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument: Located just under an hour from Albuquerque, the Tent Rocks National Monument is an otherworldly playground. Surrounded by water sculpted sandstone hoodoos and soft cliffsides eroded by years of weather, the Tent Rocks offer stunning views featuring deep slot canyons and ancient rocks that make for an unexpected, scenic hiking adventure.
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