At Barcelona Suites, guests consistently ask us for advice on planning the best trip in Albuquerque, and we provide suggestions for the best things to do around the city—things that will really help them make the most out of their time here in the city. To help you as you plan your trip to Albuquerque for the first time, we’ve outlined some of our favorite tips.
1) Make a list of which restaurants you’d like to visit during your trip.
Once you arrive to your Albuquerque hotel and drop off your luggage in the suite, you’ll undoubtedly be looking for a bite to eat. Instead of just picking the first place you see, research the different types of restaurant offerings in the area to find one that really suits your craving. Albuquerque has a wide variety of cuisines, including American, Vietnamese and everything in between. Many people travel with the intention of making food and drink a priority of their trip, and in Albuquerque, you’ll have no trouble doing just that. Some of the most popular places in ABQ include: Jennifer James 101, a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant featuring local ingredients as often as possible; Sophia’s Place, a breakfast/lunch restaurant that diners flock to for things like duck confit tacos, breakfast platters smothered in red chili, and lemon ricotta pancakes, just to name a few; and Torino’s @ Home, located at 7600 Jefferson Street NE, which serves up delicacies such as marinated figs, salt cod, beef brisket ravioli, stuffed calamari, and some of the best tiramisu New Mexico has to offer—if you’re into that kind of thing!
2)…and don’t forget to include those that offer traditional New Mexican fare!
When in New Mexico, you’ll want to eat as the New Mexicans do! At an authentic New Mexican restaurant, you’ll be able to choose from delicious dishes, including blue tortillas, sopapillas, red and green chiles, and much more. Check out restaurants that serve up local fare, including New Mexico’s famous hatch chiles—they’re in season once a year, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to try some amazing food prepared with them. You may even want to get some leftovers to take back to your hotel suite for the night! Mary and Tito’s Cafe, at 2711 Fourth Street NW, is one of these local favorites. They serve things like Carne Adovada, a recipe that starts with a red chili sauce and is cooked into a delicious, fiery soup that is eaten as is or used to marinate roasted pork. 66 Pit Stop is another hot spot, featuring their green chili cheeseburger, which is a standard cheeseburger, but dressed up with green chili.
3) Take advantage of the great outdoors
Once you’ve been in Albuquerque for even just a few minutes, you’ll soon see that this is a city with beautiful scenery. However, some of the best scenery— like the Sandia Mountains— is technically located a few miles outside the city. This beautiful range is 17 miles long and eight miles wide, so you’ll have plenty of space to explore or simply take in the view. Want to have the ultimate Sandia Mountains experience? Take a tramway to get an unforgettable perspective.
You can also visit the hot springs at Jemez Springs, or plan a day trip to camp or hike at the Valles Caldera. There are a number of different places in the Albuquerque area that offer opportunity to be at one with nature.
4) Try something out of the ordinary
It’s not every day that you’re in Albuquerque—or have the opportunity to visit some of the unusual attractions here, like the American International Rattlesnake Museum! Traveling is about trying new things, after all, so take a trip here and learn everything you need to know about these creatures. Still looking for quirky museum spots in Albuquerque? Try the Tinkertoy Museum, which is complete with hundreds of one-of-a-kind displays.
Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center while you’re in ABQ, as well. One of the reasons people love coming to Albuquerque is to learn about the rich history and culture, and at the Pueblo Cultural Center, you’ll learn about the Pueblo people, who are located in New Mexico primarily, but whose homeland once sprawled into Colorado and Arizona as well.
5) Shop like the locals in Old Town
Old Town is a must-visit when you’re in Albuquerque. Here, you’ll find gorgeous turquoise jewelry, authentic Native American pottery, and everything you need to get the cowboy look (think hats and boots). Check out the local malls like Uptown ABQ and the Coronado, some of New Mexico’s largest malls. If you happen to be in town during one of the times that the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival is going on, be sure not to miss that, either—it features nearly 200 different artisans and craftsmen sharing an assortment of different products and media, from pottery to jewelry and everything in between
6) Don’t forget to relax!
Albuquerque has a lot going on, no matter what time of the year it is. However, just like any new city you visit, you’ll want to be able to enjoy it at your own pace. During your trip here, remember to allot some relaxation time into your itinerary. Whether that means spending a few hours in your Albuquerque hotel’s swimming pool or simply watching a movie in your suite.At Barcelona Suites, we have both an indoor and outdoor pool, plus a hot tub. Additionally, there are local attractions that are interesting without being too intense—things like the art museum, BioPark (which features a zoo, aquarium, beach and botanical garden) and the Barcelona Suites lounge, which offers live music every weekend, can be a great way to unwind while you’re in Albuquerque.
To book a room for your Albuquerque trip, contact Barcelona Suites today!