When you’re planning a family vacation, it can be difficult to plan things to keep everyone happy and entertained. If you’ve got kids that love American Girl dolls, however, you’re in luck. American Girl’s 2013 Girl of the Year happens to call Albuquerque home. Saige Copeland, an American Girl who loves art, horses, and all things Southwestern, can be the basis for your trip to Albuquerque.
When you stay in an Albuquerque hotel suite that’s close to plenty of cultural hotspots, you’ll get to see why Paige loves art so much. Visit the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History to see Southwestern Art, as well as travelling exhibitions and classic works. You can also visit the Harwood Art Center, located near downtown Albuquerque, where there are live music performances, monthly gallery receptions, and drawing sessions. You can also visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to learn about and see pottery, textiles, jewelry, and other Native American art forms. There are also dance performances performed by Native American dancers who are primarily from New Mexico.
As for non-art sightseeing adventures, take the family to the Balloon Fiesta, which happens every year in October, visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, or even take a hot air balloon ride. You can also check out a great aerial view of the city by taking the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, which ascends more than two miles into the air to show off the breathtaking landscape of New Mexico.
Of course, if your kids love horseback riding as much as Saige does, you’ll definitely want to check out the Cedar Crest Country Cottage and Stables. It’s just a hop, skip, and jump away from Albuquerque, and features trail rides and more, perfect for kids who love all things equine. Here, you’ll check out the lush scenery in New Mexico, all while bringing your kids on a family vacation they’ll never forget.