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Stone wall with the city name of Albuquerque cut into it and a statue of Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdis, the founder of the city in 1706 (photo via csfotoimages/iStock/Getty Images Plus)


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Sandia Mountains; Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. (photo via photoBeard/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Straddling the Rio Grande, Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and offers a number of wonderfful attractions, colorful scenery and a Southwestern culture all its own. Mountains looming majestically above the high desert, magnificent sunsets, and the stark splendor of dramatic landscapes, make Albuquerque a one of a kind vacation destination. Toss in hot-air balloons drifting in a brilliant blue sky, and you have an irresistible formula for attracting you to one of America's most underrated cities.

Depending on the season and personal inclination, visitors may choose golf, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, or pick a spectator sport such as minor league baseball, horse racing, or Lobo basketball at UNM. The world's longest jig back tramway provides transportation to ski runs in the Sandia Mountains and in October thousands come for a visit to take part in the International Balloon Fiesta.