Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, 5 museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history.
El Pinto Mexican Restaurant
Twin brothers Jim and John Thomas purchased the El Pinto restaurant from their parents in 1994 and continue to use the same family recipes created by their grandmother, Josephina Chavez-Griggs. To build on the success of the restaurant and to meet the strong demand for their sauces, Jim and John were motivated to produce them for retail distribution. They started the El Pinto Foods' salsa division in 2000, so people throughout the country could enjoy El Pinto Salsa and Green Chile Sauce at home.
St. Clair Winery & Bistro
During the summer of 2005, we opened St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Albuquerque, near historic Old Town. Our Winemaker and Master Chef collaborated to create a menu that features epicurean-style dishes paired with our award-winning New Mexico wines. Our comfortable dining room, refreshing outdoor patios, and unique menu offerings are what we believe make St. Clair Winery & Bistro the best restaurant in Albuquerque. Enjoy a glass of one of our many refreshing New Mexico wines while you listen to live music, which is featured Thursday through Saturday nights.
Church Street Café, Casa de Ruiz
Casa de Ruiz, which literally translates to "the house of Ruiz", has a long and distinctive history. The house was built during the founding of Albuquerque sometime after 1706. This would make Casa de Ruiz the oldest residence in Albuquerque and one of the oldest structures in the state of New Mexico. We are open every day from 8 AM until 9 PM, except for Sundays in which we are open from 8 AM until 4 PM.
Hot Air Ballooning
As the “Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World,” Albuquerque offers superb year-round ballooning conditions. It’s the perfect place to embark on a truly memorable balloon ride or attend hot air balloon events. Choose from any hot air balloon ride company to take you on the experience of a lifetime.
The 2.7-mile ascent on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to the 10,378-foot peak of the Sandia Mountains is a thrilling, can't-miss attraction. Once atop the peak, the view is a panorama of more than 11,000 square miles of spectacular beauty. At night, the city lights below sparkle like a million jewels.
Tours & Sightseeing
Looking for an interesting way to experience Albuquerque? Guided Albuquerque tours are perfect for people who want to see all the sites but have limited time in the city. Tour the city by trolley, bus, Segway or jeep, or take a walking tour. Customize your tour topic to focus on photography, nature, culture, history or ghosts. Take a day trip to explore the Jemez Mountains, Santa Fe, Taos, Acoma Pueblo or another New Mexico destination. Or try a scenic train ride. Albuquerque is the perfect home base for touring the region. View the calendar of events for special tours, lectures and presentations happening during your visit.