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Albuquerque

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Albuquerque

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Albuquerque

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Welcome to Albuquerque, NM

A bird's-eye view of Albuquerque reveals a typical Sun Belt city, stretching more than 100 square miles with no grand design, architectural or otherwise, to hold it together. The city's growth seems as free-spirited as the hot-air balloons that take part in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This is true, to a degree, of the city's somewhat nebulous, suburban-looking, outer neighborhoods, especially the West Side, which continues to sprawl farther west because few natural boundaries stand in the way. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Rise Into the Sky on the Sandia Peak Tramway

Climb more than 3,800 feet along a 2.7-mile route on one of the world longest tramways. Hiking trails and a restaurant wait at the top.

Rise Into the Sky on the Sandia Peak Tramway

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All About the World of Ballooning

If you can’t make the city’s famed October festival, tour the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

All About the World of Ballooning

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Ancient Art Preserved for Centuries

More than 20,000 rock-art images are on display at Petroglyph National Monument, which includes several cinder cones created by prehistoric volcanos.

Ancient Art Preserved for Centuries

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A Trendy Bit of Old Route 66

The Nob Hill section of Central Avenue is now a strip of restaurants and shops, highlighted by preserved neon signs giving the area a cool retro feel.

A Trendy Bit of Old Route 66

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This Historic District Invites Relaxed Exploration

Built around a central plaza, the Old Town area dates back to 1706 and includes museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops and a beautiful 1793 church.

This Historic District Invites Relaxed Exploration

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How Splitting the Atom Changed the World

Exhibits at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History tell the story of atomic power from early discoveries to wartime and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

How Splitting the Atom Changed the World

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