The Eastside of town encompasses the foothills of the Sandia Mountains which offer great outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking. The Sandia Peak Aerial Tram will take visitors from the base to the peak of the mountain on a spectacular ride.
Distance From Airport: 13 miles/20.93 kilometers
Activities: Golfing, Hiking, Bicycling, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, In-Line Skating, Arcade, Go-cart Racing
Highlights: Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, North America’s longest aerial tram; Elena Gallegos Park 640-acre open space area
The Eastside is a gateway to outdoor activities in and around Albuquerque throughout the year. The area leads all the way to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, where you can board the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway for a scenic ride to the top of the 10,378 ft. summit. Sandia Peak is a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter, and biking and hiking in the summer. The foothills of the Sandia Mountains are perfect for picnicking and hiking. You can take a leisurely walk or challenge yourself to climb the La Luz trail from the foothills to the peak.
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is America's official museum of nuclear science and history and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Kids will love a trip to the Hinkle Family Fun Center, where you can all race go carts, play laser tag or miniature golf, or play games in the arcade.
There are many, many dining options in this large section of the city, from French bakeries to Mexican taquerias, brick oven pizzerias and Vietnamese cafes. Lodging options are similarly diverse.