Let’s face it, you’re going to Instagram your vacation no matter what, but wouldn’t it be awesome if you knew of all the best places to capture that perfect gram? The spots with the best lighting, the most artful plating and the most exceptional views? We’ve taken the work out of it for you with this roundup, and the perfection of your Albuquerque vacation can be truly, authentically represented in your feed! 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

This jaw-dropping event is the most photographed event in the world - need we say more? If more than 800 hot air balloons floating across your selfie backdrop doesn’t sound like something you’re into, then you just might need to reassess your social media strategy! Each morning features a Mass Ascension as hundreds of vibrant hot air balloons take to the sky, and a number of evenings throughout the week include a balloon glow - the balloons stay grounded and flicker their flames for you to walk amongst and capture. Both the professional photographer and the inexperienced iPhone user will walk away with photos from this event that will forever have you feeling like you’re walking on clouds. Don’t believe us? Check out #BalloonFiesta.  

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Casa Rondeña Winery

Did you know that New Mexico is part of the oldest wine-making region in the country? This beautiful winery features stunning traditional Spanish architecture, gorgeous rows of grapes, and a photo-worthy patio and pond area for sipping award-winning wines. Your friends and family will have some big-time gram envy as they scroll to the photo of you sitting beside a beautiful pond on a sunny day, sipping on a glass of 2016 Cab Franc with an oversized floppy sun hat. 

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El Vado ABQ

This old Albuquerque Route 66 classic recently got a major facelift! Keeping the authentic neon light vibes and New Mexican adobe exterior of this relic, the new remodel gives it some major Mykonos, Greece feels, which we all know is trending right now for #travelgrams. Complete with a tap room, a handful of kiosk-style eateries and shops, splash pad, and a gorgeous pool (for hotel guests), this place is sure to light up your feed. 

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Level 5 at Hotel Chaco

Level 5 at Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque is an Instagrammer's paradise, and it's easy to see why. With breathtaking views of the city and the Sandia Mountains, this rooftop bar is the perfect place to snap some envy-inducing photos. The bar's sleek decor and comfortable furniture also make for a great backdrop for your Instagram posts. And let's not forget about the drinks - Level 5's expertly crafted cocktails and beers are just as Instagram-worthy as the views. Whether you're looking to capture the perfect sunset shot or just enjoy a night out with friends, Level 5 at Hotel Chaco is definitely worth a visit.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Our choice of Los Poblanos may not be a surprise to many, as this historic inn, organic farm and event venue has gained some national attention for its picture-perfect scenery, but you just have to see it in person to truly capture the full effect. Rows upon rows of thriving lavender bushes line open fields alongside enormous, aged cottonwoods in the gorgeous setting of Albuquerque's North Valley. The character of the historic buildings on the property trace back to the early 1930’s and showcase an architectural time period when architectural details were important. In case the grounds and buildings aren’t jaw-dropping enough, enjoy a fine dining experience for dinner or even brunch at the restaurant, Campo, or just grab a craft cocktail that will leave your followers' mouths watering. 

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Luna and Luz

Luna and Luz in Old Town Albuquerque is a haven for Instagram enthusiasts. The store features a carefully curated selection of clothing, jewelry, skincare, home decor, and more, all sourced from some of the city's most talented and dedicated makers and entrepreneurs. The store's stunning displays and unique products make it absolutely impossible to save your money. Whether you're shopping for something special or looking to up your gram, you should experience what this store has to offer.

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Marble Brewing

As one of the original breweries in Albuquerque and a true local and visitor staple, these suds have a designated spot on your feed. Take a boomerang of you and your friends saying “Cheers!” with a few pints of their Double White, a delightfully drinkable white ale, set to the backdrop of the iconic outdoor stage complete with colorful, larger-than-life mural and live band. All of your followers will be dying to know where they can recreate this for their own feed! 

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New Mexico State Fair

The New Mexico State Fair held in September at Expo New Mexico is the perfect spot to step up your feed! With vibrant carnival rides and mouth-watering food options, your followers will be double-tapping in no time. The fairgrounds also offer one-of-a-kind exhibits and performances, so you can enjoy more than just the photo ops. Don't miss out on the endless opportunities - head to the New Mexico State Fair for a day filled with memories and Instagram gems!

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway will literally take your Instagram followers to new heights - 10,300 feet to be exact. Both the ride up and the view from the top offer the perfect opportunity to capture a view of the full city spread, a stunning #TrueABQ sunset, or both. In case the ride and the viewing decks at the top weren’t enough, you can enjoy an incredible dinner at the top at Ten 3 restaurant.

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Sawmill Market 

Sawmill Market is a trendy warehouse spot that looks like it came straight from the Explore Page of Instagram. Sporting some seriously different vibes to match the diverse collection of eateries and bars, this unique but very photo-worthy market will have you swooning and snapping! Order the breakfast fried rice and a basil coconut smoothie before hanging out in the courtyard. You'll be snapping shots from every angle.

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The Grove Café & Market

It’s nearly impossible to visit The Grove without snapping a perfect shot of your drool-worthy plate and your choice of beverage. With heaps of natural lighting spilling through surrounding wide-pane windows and artfully-plated lunch items, this place is sure to pull in the likes. Whether you’re capturing a perfect cheese-pull from their grilled three cheese sandwhich or a closeup of their to-die-for, chicken salad and endive plate, your audience and your stomach will be asking for more.

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This list of Albuquerque’s most Instagrammable locations only begins to scratch the surface! We want to see your favorite place to snap a photo for your feed under the hashtag #TrueABQ!