Having lived in Albuquerque, NM for awhile (my husband and I were married there), I am sharing 3 things you must do on your next visit. While I know there are many more fun things to do, I wanted to narrow it down to 3 things so you can have ample time to find a few other things that may be of specific interest to you or have time to just relax and do nothing. Sit back, grab your favorite cup of coffee and start planning your trip to Albuquerque!
#1) Sandia Peak Tramway
If you are visiting Albuquerque, you have to go for a ride up the Sandia Peak Tramway! It is a wonderful journey to the top of Sandia Peak. The views from the tram are breath-taking. You get a fabulous view of Albuquerque and can see for miles! The Sandia Peak Tram has a wonderful history that you can read about here on their website. The picture below is me and my husband at the top of Sandia Peak enjoying the BEAUTIFUL view!
Riding on the tram gives passengers an awesome view of 11,000 square feet of The Land of Enchantment (New Mexico). It takes about 15 minutes to ascend 4,000 feet to the top of Sandia Peak on the tram. I have ridden the tram a handful of times and can tell you from experience I would absolutely do it over and over again. I am afraid of heights, but I have not let that stop me from enjoying some of the most fun things in life, which definitely includes the Sandia Peak Tramway! You can get tickets here as well as find other great information on their website. Enjoy your ride in the sky!
#2 Monroe’s Restaurant
Monroe’s has been serving up some of the best New Mexican food in Albuquerque since 1962. This restaurant has a comfortable atmosphere and very good/kind service. Monroe’s has a Trip Advisor Traveler rating of #7 out of 1,791 places to eat in Albuquerque. I am not surprised. Typing this post makes me wish I had a big plate of green chile chicken enchiladas, chips and salsa, and some sopapillas dripping with honey in front of me right now!
If you are not familiar with New Mexican cuisine and you like Mexican food, you NEED to try Monroe’s. New Mexican, in my opinion, is better than Mexican food. A typical question you will be asked is if you want “red” or “green”. This is referring to the color (& type) of chiles you would like on/in your food. Both are very good, but my personal preference is green for sure. Hatch, NM is world-famous for their green chiles. You need to get a batch of them while you are in the Albuquerque area to cook with later. You will be so glad you did. Be warned, if you like good food, Monroe’s will have you returning again and again! You can find more information about Monroe’s restaurant here on their website.
#3 Hot Air Balloon Ride/International Balloon Fiesta
Before my husband and I were engaged, he took me up in a hot air balloon ride for my birthday. It was AMAZING! Like I shared before about the tram, I am afraid of heights, but again, I did not let that stop me from experiencing this once in a lifetime opportunity. I have to say, I absolutely LOVED it! Our balloon pilot was very nice, funny, and took us down where we could even pull the leaves off the trees at once point. It was an experience I will never forget.
If you have the chance to visit Albuquerque during their annual International Balloon Fiesta, you will be truly amazed. It is a sight to see all of the hot air balloons flying in the sky. This year’s fiesta is October 7-15. You can read about more details and things you can do at the Balloon Fiesta here on their website. I am sure it will not disappoint you. Get up in the morning, go to the Starbucks on Wyoming & Academy (where my husband and I have had coffee MANY times), get your favorite drink, and watch the beautiful balloons flying with the majestic Sandia Peak in plain view.
Albuquerque has a lot of wonderful sights to see, things to do, and places to eat. These are three of my favorite things and I HIGHLY recommend them to you as you are planning your visit to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. What are some of your favorite things to do in Albuquerque? I would love to hear about your visit(s)!