Albuquerque has received some major shoutouts from some of travel and tourism’s most prominent and influential publications. With highlights on everything from the city’s plentiful recreation opportunities to its standout culinary offerings, Albuquerque ranked among some of the best travel destinations around the world this season.
Albuquerque is a great, well-rounded place to find culture, outdoor adventures and delicious cuisine. Those are just some of the reasons Albuquerque was named one of the top travel destinations in the Southwest in Sunset Travel Awards 2022 Directory: Where to Go.
The unique cuisine in Albuquerque is one of the highlights of a visit to the city. AFAR named the South Valley/Barelas neighborhood as one of The Best Food Neighborhoods in the U.S. The South Broadway Cultural Center and National Hispanic Cultural Center are highlighted, along with a number of other local restaurants.
Hundreds of miles of winding bike paths and a plethora of opportunities for mountain biking makes Albuquerque one of The Best U.S. Cities for Biking. AAA cites the 50-mile activity loop that takes visitors through Old Town, the Petroglyph National Monument and along the Sandia mountains.
BestLife’s The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Visit for Wine Lovers ranks Albuquerque at No. 7. With a wine scene that started more than 400 years ago, multiple local wineries are highlighted, including Gruet Winery, Sheehan Winery and Casa Rondeña Winery along with the Bike & Wine Tour from Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals.
The balance between bustling city and peaceful rural vibes is one of the reasons PureWow named Albuquerque one of the top 30 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways in the U.S. The piece recommends exploring Old Town and having a romantic dinner at Farm & Table.
Albuquerque is the Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World, so it’s no surprise that the city came out on top of The List’s 10 of the Best Places in North America for a Hot Air Balloon Ride. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is mentioned along with Rainbow Ryders. You can still enjoy hot air balloons from the ground at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.
View beautiful autumn leaves aboard the Rail Runner Express. AARP named the train one of the Top Train Rides for Fall Foliage in the Southwest. It’s an easy and low-cost way to see the landscape and the kaleidoscope of colors in New Mexico during the fall season.
San Diego Beer News
The beer scene in Albuquerque is hopping. San Diego Beer News highlighted Albuquerque, New Mexico and the more than 50 breweries in the city. From Marble Brewery Downtown to Steel Bender Brewyard in Los Ranchos, the piece provides a comprehensive overview of the many breweries of Albuquerque.
Hotels Above Par
Hotels Above Par cites the many fun outdoor activities as a great reason to visit Albuquerque. In Where to Visit in New Mexico, Hotel Chaco is the recommended place to stay during your visit, with its unique urban design and extensive collection of contemporary Native American New Mexican art at Gallery Hózhó.
Group Travel Leader
New Mexico’s Natural Beauty is highlighted in this piece from Group Travel Leader. Popular destinations are mentioned like the Sandia Peak Tramway, along with Campo at Los Poblanos and D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro.