Exploring Albuquerque

  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico has a lot to offer. Besides Breaking Bad, Albuquerque is also known for their annual Balloon Fiesta, which was my reason for visiting. I really wanted the opportunity to explore the city. I was only able to see a small fraction of it, but what I did see and do I enjoyed.

Exploring Albuquerque ©2015 HollyDayz

After we settled into the hotel my friend and I headed out to Downtown Albuquerque. It was quiet with not too many people around. There was a lot of street art and a nice fountain. I discovered a big chair which I had to get on. I slid back quickly and hit my head. There was also a basketball court in the vicinity.

Some of the street art ©2015 HollyDayz
Some of the street art ©2015 HollyDayz
Basketball Court ©2015 HollyDayz
Basketball Court ©2015 HollyDayz
I look tiny in La Grande Silla ©2015 HollyDayz
I look tiny in La Silla Grande ©2015 HollyDayz

After having too much fun, we headed to Old Town to see if we could find some food. Old Town was so cute! I loved the area and will have to go back and see more one day. Almost everything was closed or getting ready to close and it wasn’t even 7pm. We stopped inside of a church that was built in the 1700s. It was very small and quaint, but beautiful. After walking around some more we stopped in a store. It was on it’s way to closing for the night very soon so we ran in.

Church from the 1700s ©2015 HollyDayz
Church from the 1700s ©2015 HollyDayz

While I was purchasing some items, I asked the owner if he could recommend a place to eat. Ironically he was from my hometown of Queens, NY and had a great suggestion for us. He pointed us in the direction of Church Street Cafe. It was a very short walk down a dimly lit street. It looked so small from the outside, but it was spacious once inside. The food was absolutely delicious and we had to take the leftovers.

Church Street Cafe ©2015 HollyDayz
Church Street Cafe ©2015 HollyDayz

After we left Old Town we went in search of an iPhone charger. If you know me very well then you know it devastated me to have to go buy one. You may be wondering why I had to go buy one in the first place. Very long story short, someone decided to steal it out of my bag. (I will save this experience for another time.) After going to a few stores I was finally able to find one at a Target right before they too closed.

Some of the many pins from past Balloon Fiestas ©2015 HollyDayz
Some of the many pins from past Balloon Fiestas ©2015 HollyDayz
Balloon Fiesta Race Memorabilia ©2015 HollyDayz
Balloon Fiesta Race Memorabilia ©2015 HollyDayz

We had a 3:30am for the Balloon Fiesta, but after the day session ended we headed over to the Balloon Museum for a little while and walked around. There was so much to see and the staff was incredibly nice. Albuquerque has some of the nicest people I have met. The Balloon Museum housed so much Fiesta memorabilia including the infamous pins. The Museum had a ton of pins from over the years.

Gondola in Balloon Museum ©2015 HollyDayz
Gondola in Balloon Museum ©2015 HollyDayz

The Balloon Museum is very interactive. A great place to take the kids or for those who like history. They can learn about the Albuquerque Box Effect, the history of the hot air balloon, get into a gondola, and so much more. If I wasn’t so tired I would have stayed there even longer, but it got to a point where I needed some food and a nap. After a bit more exploring and having fun at the museum we headed to get some food.

Balloon Fiesta Memorabilia ©2015 HollyDayz
Balloon Fiesta Memorabilia ©2015 HollyDayz

After sitting in some traffic and dozing off multiple times we rode down the infamous Route 66. It was interesting seeing a mix of what used to be with brand new things. Motels lined Route 66 with chain stores a short distance away. Makes me wish I could have seen Route 66 in all of its glory. Either way it was fun and interesting to see.

Route 66 ©2015 HollyDayz
Route 66 ©2015 HollyDayz

After the night session at the Balloon Fiesta we headed back to Old Town to see if we could find a souvenir shop open. Low and behold we found one. Not only that it was a huge store with several rooms of things to buy. We spent a ton of time walking around. After purchasing some items we headed back to the hotel to get some sleep.

Riding around Old Town ©2015 HollyDayz
Riding around Old Town ©2015 HollyDayz

Although I didn’t have enough time to see everything I wanted to I still had fun exploring Albuquerque and would love to go back. There is so much more to do and see. The people really make you want to come back as they are very warm and welcoming. You can see for yourself what we did!

Have you ever been to Albuquerque? What did you do?

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Albuquerque Tourism Board. All opinions and views are my own.

44 thoughts on “Exploring Albuquerque

  • November 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    I’ve never been to Albuquerque but it looks like a neat place to visit. And where’s pictures of the food? I was totally waiting to see those. LOL

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    • November 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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      It is a beautiful city. Well you can either click the link to see a full review and pictures of the food or click the video and see it live in your face! 🙂

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  • November 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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    I’ve never been to Albuquerque, but it looks like you had a lot of fun. I’ll have to add this to our list of possible travel destinations.

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:52 pm
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      I did have a lot of fun and am interested in going back soon.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 12:13 am
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    I have heard about Alburquerque and it looks like so much fun. I know that chair will swallow me up as short as I am.

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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      Then you will be like me. I can’t even touch the top of the chair.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 12:38 am
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    You found some really cool places to visit. Great pics!!!

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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      Thank you. I stumbled upon much of it.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 10:20 am
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    I would love to go to Alburquerque! Really nice pics.

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm
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      I hope you do and thank you.

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm
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      Thanks. It was so big. It made me seem much smaller.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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    No, I haven’t been to New Mexico yet, but I sure would enjoy tasting all the food there. Love that chair too!

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:55 pm
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      The chair was a lot of fun.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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    I’ve been to Albuquerque once! I stayed overnight while driving across country to Vegas! I’ve always wanted to go back to experience more of the city!

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm
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      You should, I want to go back and experience more myself.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 7:03 pm
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    Never been there but it sounds like one of those cool places to go. I bet that church from the 1700s was beautiful inside.

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm
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      It was, you can see for yourself in the video 🙂

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  • December 1, 2015 at 10:55 pm
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    Looks like a fun trip. I really want to take a picture in one of those big chairs.

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm
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      It was fun.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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    Looks cool! I plan to add Albuquerque to my bucket list 🙂 My kids would love trying out that giant chair lol.

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm
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      It was a great place with nice people. I def want to go back.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 5:00 am
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    Albuquerque looks like a fun city to explore! That’s cool you got to ride on route66, it’s definitely a legend that we are all familiar with because of the song and the brand! I could tell you guys were having a lot of fun in your video!

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    • December 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm
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      It was fun, I need to go back and see more. Route 66 was fun, it was such a mix of old and new..wish it was more old.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 4:55 am
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    I’ve never been to Albuquerque, New Mexico but will stop by during our U.S.A. Road Trip. A 7 pm closing time is so early! It’s very cool to see Route 66.

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    • December 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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      It is early. They close up quick. There is a ton to do and I hope you have a blast on your road trip.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 5:03 am
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    I’ve been through the area and had some amazing tex-mex food but haven’t stayed for a longer visit. Would love to see the balloon festival one day. Must be an amazing sight!

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    • December 11, 2015 at 11:01 pm
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      The Balloon Fiesta was such a sight to see. You must go one day.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 5:39 am
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    I hope you do have the chance to head back to Albuquerque 🙂 The annual Balloon Fiesta is really high on my list, so I can’t wait to get there to experience it too. Sounds like there’s a lot to explore and do – the old town especially seems really fascinating and charming to explore. It’s sad that everything was closed, but all the more reason for another trip soon!

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    • December 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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      Your right, def need another trip back. I hope you get there soon, I think you will truly enjoy yourself.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 7:28 am
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    I’ve only been to Albuquerque as a very small child, so I don’t remember anything about it. Just another reason to head back so that I can re-visit and remember!

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    • December 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm
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      Yes head back you will enjoy yourself.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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    While I would love to explore New Mexico, I am not sure I would be too interested in Albuquerque. Good to have an idea of the things to do there, in case I actually go one day!

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    • December 11, 2015 at 11:05 pm
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      There is far more to do there then I got to experience.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm
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    Looks very interesting! My friend is planning to move to New Mexico, I know where we should go when I visit her! 🙂

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    • December 11, 2015 at 11:06 pm
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      Oh awesome. Yea then you can let me know what you see too.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 5:52 pm
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    I have only driven through Albuquerque on the way to a few vacations but would love to visit during the balloon festival as I have seen some amazing photos. New Mexico has a fun vibe, very laid back and welcoming.

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    • December 15, 2015 at 11:23 pm
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      You should go next October. New Mexico is very welcoming.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 7:58 pm
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    I’ve heard so many good things about Albuquerque that I started thinking very seriously to go visit. New Mexico seems very similar to Arizona and I’m sure I’d love it there. I’d love to go when the Balloon Fiesta takes place. That must be quite interesting to watch.

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    • December 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm
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      You should go visit. You would enjoy yourself. It is fun and such a sight to see.

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  • December 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm
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    Alburqueque balloon fiesta must be quite cool! I didn’t realize the Route 66 arrived down there. Must feel like a movie set

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    • December 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm
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      It is a lot of fun. Yea it is there, it is a mix of old and new.

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    • December 15, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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      It wasn’t high on mine till I found out about the Balloon Fiesta. I enjoyed it there.

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