Alone doesn’t always mean lonely, especially when you’re traveling solo. 

Solo trips can be amazing for many reasons. You can spend as much time as you’d like exploring attractions related to your unique interests. You can eat six meals a day, or just one if you prefer. And you can spend a whole vacation doing exactly what you want, when you want. Albuquerque is a haven for the outdoors enthusiast, the foodie and the culturally curious. Here are our recommendations for what to do, eat and experience on your solo trip to Albuquerque.

To Stay:

Desert Compass Pool

The Desert Compass

Location, location, location! This property is in a prime spot for travelers. It is within walking distance of the Old Town Plaza and Museum Row. On top of that, the rooms are relaxing and aesthetically pleasing, with a New Mexican influence that is sure to make you feel warm and cozy.

Pro tip: There is a shared pool in the courtyard made out of a converted stock tank. Be sure to bring a swimsuit so you can soak!

Nativo Lodge Artist Room

Nativo Lodge

Nativo Lodge is famous for its Artist Rooms. These rooms feature hand-painted art that cover the walls! Each of these rooms has its own vibe and theme to it, and no two are alike. You can  even sip on cocktails in the lobby bar that were inspired by the Artist Rooms!

Isleta Resort & Casino

Although this spot is located a few miles out of town, it is perfect for the solo traveler who values peace and quiet. The property is famous for its casino, its pool and its spa -- which you might recognize from “Breaking Bad”! 

To Eat:

Church Street Cafeee

Church Street Cafe

Church Street offers classic New Mexican food in historic digs. Its lush and calming patio is a great spot to sit and soak in the ambiance.
Pro tip: Bring your book! The best time to catch up on a bit of light reading is when you’re taking yourself on a restaurant date.

Azuma Sushi and Teppan

Azuma Sushi and Teppan

Is there anything better than sushi solo? We don’t think so. For a sushi restaurant you’re sure to be pleased with, try Azuma Sushi and Teppan. The quality of the cuts shines through in the flavor and the plating is always impressive. You can even get a sushi boat!


Apothecary Lounge

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Apothecary Lounge

Apothecary offers not only a delicious dinner but an unmatched view from the rooftop of Hotel Parq Central. The plates are small, so be sure to order a couple of items to try, such as the Elote Guacamole or the Red Chile Ribs. Finally, order the Metamorphosis for a drink that changes color as it’s served! Sip while surveying the Albuquerque skyline.

To Do:

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science


Could there be a more perfect solo trip activity? Albuquerque is home to multiple science, art and history museums. Many of them are located within walking distance of each other on Museum Row. Try the Albuquerque Museum to see unforgettable art and rotating exhibits. If you can make it during the third Thursday of the month, consider attending the “Live After 5” event. This free event takes place at the museum after hours where you can take tours, make art and even dance salsa.

Go on a Ghost Tour

In a city as old as Albuquerque, there are sure to be a few ghosts around. Learn about them on one of our many ghost tours. The Albucreepy Ghost Walk: Taverns and Tales offers spooky storytelling paired with a brewery tour of the Old Town and Sawmill areas, or join a public or private Ghost Tour with #AbqTours

Riding Horses at The Stables at Hyatt Regency Tamaya

Go Horseback Riding

The Stables at Tamaya offers incredible sunset horseback rides so you can see the stunning New Mexican landscape in a classically Western way. The rides are beginner-friendly, so you don’t have to know horses before hopping on. Be prepared for some stunning, unobstructed views of the Sandia Mountains.

Quick Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

These tips are helpful for anyone traveling solo anywhere!

· Always be aware of your surroundings.

· Keep your phone fully charged and bring an extra charging pack.

· Share your location with someone you trust. 

· Keep a bottle of water with you or in your car. 

· Don’t forget sunscreen!