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Albuquerque Introduction


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Albuquerque, New Mexico, could be the place to fulfill dreams of a southwestern getaway. A centuries-old Spanish church anchors the city's plaza, chili-pepper-spiked delicacies are found on almost every menu, and residential neighborhoods are chock-full of both real adobe houses (made of mud and straw) and adobe-style look-alikes (made of concrete and stucco).  Click here to see the full Albuquerque travel guide on Travel42 »

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Albuquerque Geography


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Albuquerque sits in a bowl-shaped valley formed by the Rio Grande (Spanish for "Big River"), which runs north-south through some of the city's oldest districts. The Sandia Mountains define the eastern side of the bowl, and the Manzanos, smaller cousins of the Sandias, form the southeastern edge. Extinct volcanoes lie to the west.   Click here to see the full Albuquerque travel guide on Travel42 »

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Albuquerque History


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Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado arrived in central New Mexico in 1540 looking for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. He didn't find them, but he did discover another precious place: the fertile middle Rio Grande valley. There he encountered New Mexico's indigenous residents, who lived in close-knit villages that the Spanish called pueblos.  Click here to see the full Albuquerque travel guide on Travel42 »

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Albuquerque Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Start your visit with a walk through Old Town, the city's historic district, where Albuquerque had its beginnings in the early 1700s. This charming area is full of restored adobe buildings that now house restaurants, galleries and shops selling everything from low-priced souvenirs to handcrafted turquoise-and-silver jewelry. Old Town's centerpiece is the dignified San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1706 (it was rebuilt in 1793). Despite being a tourist attraction, Old Town is still popular with locals, and the gazebo on the plaza is a favorite place for weddings. Maps of Old Town are available in most shops and restaurants in the area as well as the visitors center (across Romero Street from the Church), and you can inquire there about guided tours of the area.  Click here to see the full Albuquerque travel guide on Travel42 »

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Albuquerque Nightlife


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The majority of Albuquerque's nightclubs are located downtown or around the University of New Mexico. Not surprisingly, they attract college students and other twentysomethings. There's a small but thriving live-music scene, with numerous local bands garnering a dedicated following. (One Duke City band, the Shins, was catapulted to fame thanks to the movie Garden State.) Most nightspots close around 2 am.  Click here to see the full Albuquerque travel guide on Travel42 »

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Albuquerque Restaurants & Dining


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At the heart of the state's southwestern (also known as New Mexican) cuisine is the small but fiery chili pepper, a vegetable so popular that great debates rage about which color—red or green—is the best. New Mexico accounts for more than 60% of the chilies consumed in the U.S., and to purists, a chili isn't a chili unless it's grown in New Mexican soil.  Click here to see the full Albuquerque travel guide on Travel42 »

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