ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Albuquerque welcomes fans of the Fresno State Bulldogs and the Wyoming Cowboys for the 4th annual New Mexico Bowl on December 19, 2009. Football fans are encouraged to spend a few extra days to experience the holidays in Albuquerque.

AAA has ranked Albuquerque as the second most affordable U.S. travel destination, based on the low daily costs of lodging and food. The city makes it easy for you to find affordable deals and packages during your stay; check out for offers. In addition, special coupons for shops, restaurants, attractions and more are available for download from the Visit Albuquerque website at

Albuquerque is a 300-year-old city that is the metropolitan center of New Mexico with more than 800,000 residents. At 5,500 feet altitude with mountains bordering the city, outdoor recreation abounds with spectacular hot air ballooning, hiking and championship golf courses, under sunny skies 310 days a year. Albuquerque is home to world class cultural events, a vibrant heritage, 19 museums and diverse shopping options.

For last minute holiday shopping, stroll the Historic Old Town, Nob Hill and ABQ Uptown neighborhoods. Each is distinctive in its own way. From adobe architecture with picturesque patios to national department stores, all have diverse dining experiences and fantastic shopping opportunities with treasures around every corner.

During the holiday season, there are plenty of festivities to enjoy with the whole family. See a festive musical or performance at UNM’s Popejoy Hall, or walk the River of Lights at the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday light show.

The team will get a taste New Mexico’s signature green chile during the team green chile cook-off on Wednesday, December, 16th. Fans should also be sure to treat their palates to New Mexican cuisine by sampling some local flavor at one of our authentic New Mexican restaurants. Ask our cuisine expert for recommendations:

Whatever experience you are looking for, Albuquerque is the perfect opportunity for a quick getaway before the holidays. Fans can visit to see other activities happening in the area during their visit stay.

Photos and b-roll are available upon request. Contact Valerie Smith-Casanueva at or 505-222-4351.