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Albuquerque's terrain is diverse. Along the river in the North and South valleys, the elevation hovers at about 4,800 feet. East of the river, the land rises gently to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, which rise to over 6,000 feet; the 10,378-foot summit is a grand spot from which to view the city below. West of the Rio Grande, where Albuquerque is growing most aggressively, the terrain rises abruptly in a string of mesas topped by five volcanic cones. The changes in elevation from one part of the city to another result in corresponding changes in temperature, as much as 10°F at any time. It's not uncommon for snow or rain to fall on one part of town but for it to remain dry and sunny in another, and because temperatures can rise and fall considerably throughout the day and evening, it's a good idea to bring along a couple of layers when exploring large areas or for several hours.

FEATURED PLACES

  • National Hispanic Cultural Center

    National Hispanic Cultural Center

    1701 4th St. SW 505-246–2261-cultural center, 505-724–4771-box office
  • National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

    National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

    601 Eubank Blvd. SE 505-245–2137
  • KiMo Theatre

    KiMo Theatre

    423 Central Ave. NW 505-768–3522-theater, 505-768–3544-event info
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