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Top Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque skyline at sunset by marblestreetstudio.com

We know Albuquerque is one of the greatest cities in America to visit and to live. But don't take our word for it; the list below shows how Albuquerque is among the top cities in the U.S. in a variety of categories as rated by prominent publications and organizations.

If you still need convincing that Albuquerque is one of the greatest cities in America, come for a visit and see it for yourself!

2014 Albuquerque Rankings

The American Bus Association named Albuquerque's Gathering of Nations and the Albuquerque American Indian Art Festival among North America's 100 Best Events for 2015.

USA Today ranked Albuquerque one of the 50 Best US Cities for Biking.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the 5 Best Up and Coming Cities for Foodies by Women's Health.

MacaroniKid.com named Albuquerque one of the Top 10 Cities in the US for Kids Events and Activities.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center was ranked one of the Readers' Choice 10 Best Native American Experiences by USA Today 10Best.com.

USA Today 10Best ranked Albuquerque's Gathering of Nations as one of the 10 Best Native American Pow Wows.

USA Today ranked The Brittania & W.E. Mauger Estate Bed and Breakfast Inn in Albuquerque one of America's Best Bed & Breakfasts.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the Top 10 Places to Visit in October by Touropia.com.

The Resonance Report ranked Albuquerque once of the Top 50 US Destinations for 2014.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the 10 Most Exciting Place in New Mexico by Movoto.com.

Albuquerque was named one of the 10 Cities You Need To Visit in Your 20s by The Huffington Post.

Albuquerque was named one of 7 Great American Vacation Spots That Won't Bust Your Budget by Time.com.

Singletracks.com ranked Albuquerque one of 10 Beer Town with a Mountain Biking Problem.

Budget Travel ranked Albuquerque one of the 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America.

Albuquerque's Sandia Peak Tramway was ranked one of the World's Coolest Tram Rides by Travel & Leisure.

Travelocity
ranked Albuquerque one of the Top to Destinations with Affordable Hotels for the 4th of July Weekend.

Zagat.com
ranked Albuquerque one of the 9 Red Hot Food Destinations to Hit This Summer.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science's exhibit The Hall of Stars won the National Media & Technology MUSE Award.

The Paseo del Bosque Trail in Albuquerque was ranked in the Top 9 Hiking Trails in the US by Oyster.com.

The Trust for Public Land ranked Albuquerque among the Top Park Systems in the US.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the most Unexpected Brewery Cities in the US by Outsideonline.com.
 
Albuquerque was named one of Zagat's Red-Hot Food Destinations to Hit This Summer.
 
Albuquerque's Paseo del Bosque Trail was named one of Oyster.com's Top Hiking Trails in the U.S.
 
NerdWallet.com ranked Albuquerque one of the Top 20 Best Cities for Cyclists.

Maketraveleasier.com ranked Albuquerque one of the Best Places to Watch the Sunset in America.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the Top 10 Towns for High Altitude Running by Outsideonline.com.

The Alliance for Biking & Walking ranked Albuquerque one of the 20 Best US Cities for Cyclists.

Albuquerque was ranked as one of the Best Hot Air Balloon Rides by Travel & Leisure.

Albuquerque was ranked as one of Outside Magazine's 10 Best Big Cities for Active Families.

The Active Times named Albuquerque's Paseo del Bosque Trail as one of their 15 Fantastic U.S. Bike Trails.

MarthaStewart.com ranked Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm among their Best Hotels: Gardens and Grounds.

FlipKey.com ranked Albuquerque as a Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2014.

Albuquerque was ranked as one of the Top 10 Beer Cities by Livability.com.

AARP ranked Albuquerque one of the Best US Cities to Visit in 2014.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the Top 10 Mountain Bike Cities in North America by Singletracks.com.

Albuquerque has been named as one the 10 US Cities with the Best Travel Deals in 2014 by USA Today.

Wandering Educators named the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History as one of the Best Science Museums Around the World.

USA Today's 10Best.com ranked the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science #3 on their Best Museums for Families.

Albuquerque and The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was named one of the Six Big Cities for Events by Jaunted.com.

Amac.us named Albuquerque one of their 5 Fantastic Winter Destinations.

Albuquerque among British Airways "Where to be seen in 2014" list.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has been named Tribal Destination of the Year at the American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association Conference.

Albuquerque named one of the Best Places to Watch a Sunset by 10Best.com's Reader's Choice.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta named one of the 10 Best Festivals in the US by FamousWonders.com.

Touropia.com named Albuquerque one of the 10 Best Hot Air Balloon Rides Around the World.

The Chicago Tribune ranked the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta among their Big Events of the New Year.

Fodor's named the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta one of the 15 Festivals to Attend Before You Die.

Albuquerque ranked the #2 Top Film Locations in the World by Wayn.com.


2013 Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque is one of Zagat's 20 Awesome Winter Foodie Destinations

Albuquerque has been named one of 20 Awesome US Cities You Need to Visit in Your 20's by The Huffington Post.

Vocativ
named Albuquerque one of the 35 Best US Cities for People 35 and Under.

Albuquerque ranked 7th in 2013 Digital Cities Survey.

The Albuquerque International Sunport (airport) was ranked #2 on USA Today's 10Best list of the Best U.S. Airports for Art 

Fodor's Travel named Albuquerque among the Top 25 Places to Go in 2013.

Priceline named Albuquerque America's Most Pet Friendly City for Travelers.

CareetBliss.com ranked Albuquerque second among the Happiest Mid-Sized Cities in the US.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Vinaigrette, Farm & Table and The Grove Café named in The Nature Conservancy's 2013 Nature's Plate Awards.

The SpareFoot Blog named Albuquerque on #1 on their list of Tidiest Towns in America.

The Rio Grande Valley named in 10 Best Wine Regions to Visit for Harvest by USA Today's 10Best.com

Albuquerque named #1 on Weather.com's 10 Best Urban Destinations for Nature Lovers

USA Today's 10Best.com
named Albuquerque's Green Chile #1 on The 10 Best Iconic American Regional Foods

Albuquerque's ¡Explora! Children's Museum has been named in USA Today's 10 Great Family-Friendly Museums.

ESPN ranked The Gildan New Mexico Bowl among its Top 25 College Football Games of 2012.

Albuquerque named one of Facebook's Fittest Cities in America.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was named one of Metro New York's Four Unique Festivals to Visit

Orbitz.com ranked Albuquerque among the Top Summer Drive Destinations by Region for 2013.

USA Today ranked the Sandia Peak Tramway among the Top 10 Tourist Spots in New Mexico.

Movoto ranked Albuquerque among the Most Family Friendly Cities.

Albuquerque has been named one of the top Park Friendly Cities by the Trust for Public Land.

Buzzle.com
named Albuquerque one of The World's Best Places for Hot Air Balloon Rides.

Men's Health ranked Albuquerque in their Top 40 Most Active Cities.

TravelNerd.com named Albuquerque among the Top 10 Urban Destinations For Nature-Lovers.

FDI Intelligence ranked Albuquerque among American Mid-Sized Cities of the Future.

Albuquerque has been ranked as one of the Best Family Vacation Destinations for Spring by TodaysParent.com.

TheTravelersZone.com ranked Albuquerque in the Top 5 Most Affordable Travel Destinations.

Albuquerque ranks among 5 Remarkably Affordable Travel Destinations for
2013
by Forbes.com

Amog.com ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top 10 American Cities that Brew the Best Beer.

Nerdwallet.com named Albuquerque in one of the 10 Best Cities for Car Drivers.

The University of New Mexico's The Pit has been named in the Top 5 Venues in College Basketball by rantsport.com.

MSN.com named Albuquerque as one of the Top 10 Destinations for Morning People.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta named one of the Events Worth Planning a Trip Around for 2013 by Gadling.com.

Albuquerque has been named as one of the Most Romantic Date Destinations in America by Redbook Magazine.

Forbes named Albuquerque one of The Most Diverse Areas in America.

Albuquerque has been named one of Travel & Leisure's Editor's Favorite Trips of 2012.

Several sites throughout New Mexico have been ranked on CheapFlights.com's Top 11 Atomic Tourism Sites.

International Science Times names Albuquerque one of the Top 10 Skinny Cities in America.


2012 Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque named to Top Holiday Lights List by Society of American Travel Writers

Albuquerque has been named as one of the 2012 Greenest Cities in America by Corporate Knights Magazine.

InToWine.com
has named Gruet Winery's non-vintage Gruet Winery Brut No. 16 on it’s list of Top 50 Sparkling Wines to Try Before You Quit Drinking.

Just west of Albuquerque, the Acoma Pueblo was named one of “12 most extreme places in America worth visiting” by BudgetTravel.com

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm was named by SelecRegistry.com as one of the Top Meditation Spots in the US.

Greatlist.com
named the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta as one of the 38 Best Healthy and Happy Festivals.

Albuquerque's Hotel Andaluz was named one of the Top 25 Hotels in the Southwest by Conde Nast's Reader's Choice Awards.

Albuquerque named as one of the U.S. Cities with the Cleanest Air by the AirGenius Awards.

Hotwire.com®
ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top Five Destinations for an Awesome Autumn

Albuquerque was ranked as one of the Best Places to Retire for Under 40K by US News.

CNNMoney.com
ranked Albuquerque as one of the 25 Best Places to Retire.

Albuquerque was ranked at one of the Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Reuters ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top U.S. Destinations in October.

Albuquerque was ranked by CheapFlights.com as one of the Top 10 In-Demand October Getaways.

LuxeInACity
ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top 10 Best Travel Destinations for October.

Yahoo
ranked Albuquerque one of the Top West Coast Destinations for Senior Travel.

National Geographic ranked the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta one of the Best Fall Trips for 2012.

Albuquerque ranked 3rd in Men's Fitness Magazine's 25 Fittest Cities.

The Trust for Public Land
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anked the Albuquerque park system among the 10 Best in the nation.

Trip Advisor
named Albuquerque one of 15 Destinations on the Rise.

Albuquerque was ranked 5th in Wanderlust's Top 5 Places to Pop the Question.

Film Industry Network ranked Albuquerque as one of the 10 Best Cities for Aspiring Filmmakers.

Albuquerque ranked 9th in Top 10: United States of Production by P3 Update.

Sandia Resort & Casino ranked in Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards for Mainland US Resorts

Jetset Magazine ranked Albuquerque's Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course in their Ultimate Golf Destinations profile.

Albuquerque is ranked #3 by MovieMaker.com's Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker.

Yahoo! ranked Albuquerque one of the Top West Coast Destinations for Senior Travel.

Albuquerque's Paseo Del Bosque Trail was ranked by Sunset Magazine as a Top 10 City Bike Ride.

Sandia Golf Club ranked in GolfWeek Magazine as one of the Best Courses You Can Play in 2012.

American Style Magazine ranked Albuquerque #7 in their Top 25 Big Cities for Art.

Forbes named Albuquerque one of the 25 Best Places to Retire in 2012.

The Business Journal ranked Albuquerque one of the Top Cities for Small Businesses.

Albuquerque was ranked one of the Top 20 Leisure Destinations for Couples by travel writers Johnny Jet and Natalie Bahadur.

Greatlist.com ranked Albuquerque as one of the Top Cities for 20-Somethings.


2011 Albuquerque Rankings

Albuquerque was ranked 15th in Bloomberg Businessweek's America's 50 Best Cities

CNNMoney.com ranked Albuquerque as a Top 25 Best Places to Retire

Livability.com's Top 10 Great Places to Ride a Bike list placed Albuquerque in the #1 spot

Of America's 50 largest cities, Albuquerque is ranked 28th in Walk Score's 2011 list of walkable cities
 
Albuquerque was ranked 10th in the Huffington Post's 10 American Cities With The Fastest Green Jobs Growth list
 
 Livability.com ranked Albuquerque #7 in its list of Top 10 Foodie Cities
 
Of the American Lung Association’s Top 25 Cleanest U.S. Cities for Year-Round Particle Pollution, Albuquerque lines up at #7
 
Albuquerque ranks 64th among the Best Cities for Job Growth in the New Geography Mid-Sized Cities Rankings
 
Huffington Post has named Albuquerque to its compilation of the 10 Best US Cities For Local Food
 
Albuquerque placed 3rd among the Top 10 Golf Cities on  Livability.com
 
Forbes ranked Albuquerque as one of the 16 top U.S cities to retire

MovieMaker magazine ranked Albuquerque as the No. 2 city for independent filmmakers

Albuquerque fills the #1 top spot on Livability.com's Top 10 Beer Cities list
 
The Top 10 Great Hiking Trails list compiled by Livability.com, puts Albuquerque in the #3 spot
 
The American Golf Resort Guide
recognized Twin Warriors Golf Club as one of the Top 150 golf courses in the U.S.

Albuquerque was recognized by TLC.com as the 4th Best Place to Live with a Family on their Top 10 Cities for Families list
 
Livability.com's Top 10 Pet Cities list lines Albuquerque up at #8
 
 

2010 Albuquerque Rankings

 

4th Best Place to Live with a Family on TLC.com's Top 10 Cities for Families

Condé Nast Traveler
magazine named the Hyatt Regency Tamaya as one of the Nation's Top Resorts

Livability.com
ranks Albuquerque #8 on their list of Top Ten Pet Friendly Cities: America's Best Places to Live with Pets

Roadtripsforfamilies.com
ranks the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta among its Top Ten Fall Festivals for Families

U.S. News
ranks Albuquerque #3 on their list of 10 Great Places to Buy  Homes for Less Than $800 a Month

Ranked #2 among Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users by Disabled-World.com

MovieMaker Magazine
ranks Albuquerque the #1 on their list of 10 Best Cities to Live, Work & Make Movies in America

Parenting.com
named Albuquerque one of the Best Cities for Families

PETA ranks Albuquerque #3 on its list of The Most Veg-Friendly Cities in America (vegetarian and vegan)

Men's Health
ranked Albuquerque #6 on their list of the Top 10 Leanest Cities in the US

7th Best Large City for Arts
, AmericanStyle Magazine 2010

The “State of the Air Report” produced by the American Lung Association ranked Albuquerque as #8 on their list of the Top 25 Cleanest U.S. Cities for Year-Round Particle Pollution Levels.

Livability.com
ranked Albuquerque #7 on their list of the Top 10 Surprisingly Great Food Cities

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is ranked #11 Top Resort Spa by Condé Nast Traveler
 
Albuquerque was listed as one of the Best Made-Over U.S. Towns Worth a Visit by Yahoo! Travel
 
Albuquerque ranks #17 on Bicycling magazine's list of America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities
 
Business Travel News ranked Albuquerque as the 13th least expensive destination for business travelers among 100 U.S. cities

Albuquerque ranks #9 on the Business Courier of Cincinnati's 'Green-Cities' List

Albuquerque ranks #3 on the Livability.com list of Golf's Best Kept Secrets: 10 Great Golf Cities

Meetings & Conventions
readers awarded Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa with the prestigious Gold Tee Award.


 


2009 Albuquerque Rankings

 

Hyatt Regency Tamaya named among Travel + Leisure's 500 World's Best Hotels for 2009

Albuquerque ranked No.15 on Byways magazine's Top 50 Motorcoach Destinations of 2010, December 2009

Albuquerque named one of the 10 great places to find true Americana by Author Gary McKechnie, in his book USA 101: A Guide to America's Iconic Places, Events and Festival, featured in USA Today, August 2009

No. 6 on Outside magazine's Best Cities in America 2009 list, August 2009

Albuquerque ranks in The 10 Best Cities for Local Food by The Huffington Post, July 2009

Albuquerque ranks in the Top 10 Best Cities to Live in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report

Albuquerque ranks #2 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 10 Best Cities of 2009

Albuquerque ranks in the Top 10 Best Cities to Live in 2009 by Relocate-America

Moving up two spots since 2008, Albuquerque is named the 5th Best Big City Art Destination in American Style Magazine, April 2009

Sandia Golf Club ranks among the top 100 golf shops, Golf World, February 2009

5th Fittest City
 in the United States by Men's Fitness magazineJanuary 2009

5th best city
 in the U.S. to ride it out as an independent movie maker this year by Movie Maker Magazine, February 2009

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa named in the top 20 "World's Best Hotel Values" in a readers choice poll by subscribers of Travel + Leisure Magazine, March 2009.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Mist Spa named one of the Top Resort Spas in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada
 by Condé Nast Traveler March 2009.