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Guide to Albuquerque
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Bugs Bunny always forgets to make that left turn at Albuquerque.
Straddling the Rio Grande, with the Sandia Mountains along its eastern side, you will find a city that seeks to challenge all others in beauty and magnificence. There are few cities that have the gorgeous geographical properties to compete with Albuquerque. As the most populated city of New Mexico, Albuquerque is home to 558,000 people.
Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as the Spanish colonial outpost of Ranchos de Albuquerque. The town was a farming community, a well-located military outpost, and the sheep-herding center of the West. Built in the traditional Spanish pattern, the town had a central plaza which everything else was built around – today that is considered Old Town Albuquerque. From 1846 to 1867, after being occupied by America, Albuquerque had a federal garrison and quartermaster depot known as the Post of Albuquerque. The Battle of Albuquerque took place in April of 1862 against Confederate troops – a day-long battle of few casualties.
In 1880, a major railroad put a passenger depot and railyard two miles away from the Old Town plaza, and that eventually led to an influx of people and the development of New Albuquerque, which is present-day downtown. This new town was incorporated in 1885 and became a city in 1891. Old Town later became a part of the new city in the 1920s. By 1900, Albuquerque had a population of 8,000 and all modern amenities.
Things to Do in Albuquerque
No matter what your interests may be, there is something for you here. There are so many things to do in Albuquerque that you have no choice but to move here if you wish to explore it all. Everything from hot air ballooning, shopping, attractions, and museums will have your attention seized for quite some time.
Enjoy the fantastic attractions in Albuquerque with the entire family. Visit the Albuquerque BioPark for a unique environmental experience as you explore each of its four facilities – Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo, and Tingley Beach. The zoo allows you to see exotic and native animals, while the aquarium highlights the marine life of the Rio Grande and Gulf of Mexico. The Botanic Gardens is more than one and a half miles of designed gardens, and the beach allows you to fish the day away.
The historical and cultural sites and museums in Albuquerque present a great representation of the history that made this city what it is today. See all the things that created this unique environment. Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to get information on the art, culture, and history of Native Americans. For a deeper look into the Spanish heritage, such as Dia de los Muertos or flamenco dancing, you have to pay a visit to the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History will show you the humble beginnings which the city came from as well as the artwork and traditions of the people. You can even talk a walk through Old Town Albuquerque to see the community focal point that has been around since 1706.
Enjoy the recreational activities that Albuquerque has to offer as you course over its terrain. Take to the skies and see the city from an even better view with one of the five hot air ballooning companies in the city. Take a ride on the Sandia Peak tramway to the 10,378 foot peak atop the Sandia Mountains. Go back to the ground for even more activities. Enjoy rafting, canoeing, and kayaking down the Rio Grande. See the various species while birding from the Rio Grande River Valley to the top of the Sandia Mountains. Tee off at Twin Warriors Golf Club or Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, both award-winning public golf courses.
The shopping experience you will have in Albuquerque will be unlike any you’ve had anywhere else as you explore the extensive array of options and find items with Native American, Southwestern, and a New Mexican touches. Shopping in Old Town, you will find many shops and you’ll have the chance to buy directly from Native American artists. For small, locally owned stores and boutiques, you should shop in Nob Hill where you’ll find chic home décor, unique jewelry and more. Downtown has lots of specialty shops that feature contemporary jewelry and art by New Mexican artists. The state’s biggest shopping destination is Uptown, as it has an outdoor mall packed with upscale stores like BCBG, MAC, and The Apple Store. The Coronado Center in Uptown also has more than 150 stores to include Macy’s, Banana Republic, and The Body Shop.
What to Consider When Moving to Albuquerque:
Before moving to Albuquerque you must consider many things, just as you would before moving anywhere. You’re going to live in a new city and you would hate to have any surprises pop up on you. Take the time to find out what’s important about the economy, the weather, and the school systems, but also find out those extra, interesting facts.
If you have kids that are still in grade school then you’ll need to be familiar with the Albuquerque Public Schools – one of the largest school districts in the U.S. There are public and charter schools in the school system – 89 elementary schools, 27 middle schools, 13 high schools, and 10 alternative schools. The city also has many private, religiously affiliated schools, as well as schools for those with special needs, including the deaf.
Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico whose School of Medicine is in the nation’s Top 50. Other high education institutions include Central New Mexico Community College, Southwest University of Visual Arts, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Trinity Southwest University, and many more.
This wonderful city has been featured in films, television, and music throughout the years. Bugs Bunny’s famous line, “Should have made a left toin at Albukoykee,”was first used in 1945. The city was also featured in movies such as Little Miss Sunshine, all three of Disney’s High School Musical movies, The Avengers, and most recently, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Television shows In Plain Sight and Breaking Bad were both filmed in Albuquerque. Songs have been written about the city by Neil Young, The Partridge Family, and Weird Al Yankovic.
The city is divided into four quadrants – NE, NW, SE, SW. The Southeast quadrant is home to some major institutions such as Kirtland Air Force Base, the Sandia National Laboratories, the Sandia Science & Technology Park, Albuquerque International Sunport, Eclipse Aerospace, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque Veloport, University Stadium, Isotopes Park, The Pit, Mesa del Sol, The Pavilion, Albuquerque Studios, Isleta Resort & Casino, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial.
Why Albuquerque Apartments Are Hot:
There is no city like this one. Every city has its origins, historical buildings, museums, attractions, and other amenities, but not like Albuquerque. Since 2003, Albuquerque has been ranked highly in a variety of categories all across the country, and once you move into one of these great Albuquerque apartments, you’ll see why that is. There are tons of things to experience here every day, and should you choose to stay inside and relax, you’ll still have the luxury of living in one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
Rent an Albuquerque apartment now to begin a brand new journey and explore a mixture of different cultures each time you wake up.
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- University of New Mexico
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- Averages more than 300 days a year of sunshine
- Home of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world
- Rich Southwestern culture with Native American, Hispanic, and Latino influences in the city’s architecture, food, and art
- Route 66 travels through the city with popular restaurants, boutiques, and its famous neon signs lining the roadway
- Scenic beauty with the Sandia Mountains serving as the city’s backdrop and the Rio Grande running through the city
- Recreational opportunities include golfing, biking, and skiing
The Sandia Mountains
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is held annually the first week in October.
The Historic San Felipe de Neri Church was built in 1793.
Petroglyph National Monument protects about 24,000 carved images.
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