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One City, Five Hours: Albuquerque

Should have made a left turn...

Author Irene Rawlings


1 Begin at the beginning by learning the city’s history at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St. SW; nhccnm.org). Here you can admire distinctive Spanish Colonial furniture dating back to the 1700s. (0:30)

2 Fuel up at The Artichoke Café (424 Central Ave. SE; artichokecafe.com) in EDo (East Downtown). Go for the namesake steamed artichoke—you won’t regret it. Take your time dipping each leaf into raspberry vinaigrette, lemon aioli or clarified butter, because the people-watching is as good as the food. (1:10)

3 On Nob Hill, you can still get your kicks on what’s left of the legendary Route 66, which is mostly refurbished neon and chic kitsch. Duck into Kelly’s Brew Pub (3222 Central Ave. SE; kellysbrewpub.com), a midcentury Ford dealership, for a pint of Kelly’s Blonde Ale. (2:00)

4 Load up on gifts and souvenirs at Skip Maisel’s (510 Central Ave. SW; skip-maisels.com). You’ll find reasonably priced authentic Native American jewelry at this 80-year-old institution. (2:45)

5 See Native American dancing and beautiful pots by the legendary Maria Martinez at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th St. NW; indianpueblo.org). There are also 19 operational pueblos, but most suggest advance reservations. (Guess you’ll just have to come back.) (3:15)

6 Soak up more than 300 years of history in Old Town (albuquerqueoldtown.com), the town’s center since it was founded in 1706. Wander the narrow streets that run between adobe buildings and visit the San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1793. (4:00)

7 Stop for a quick sniff, swirl and sip at Casa Rondeña Winery (733 Chavez Rd. NW; casarondena.com). The signature Cabernet Sauvignon is worth a quaff. (4:20)

8 Your last stop is the Sandia Peak Tramway (10 Tramway Loop NE; sandiapeak.com), the longest tram in North America. Take it 2.7 miles to the top. On a clear day—most days are clear—you can see all of Albuquerque and most of New Mexico. (5:00)

3 Responses to “One City, Five Hours: Albuquerque”

  1. Lee Ann Says:
    March 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Five hours? Seriously? Not unless you teleport from place to place. You could do these things and actually have time to enjoy them in a couple of days.

  2. Marilyn Brown Says:
    March 26th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    You obviously have no idea how large New Mexico is. It’s a great view from the crest, but the Sange de Cristo mountains near Santa Fe is about as far as you can see. There’s a lot of New Mexico you’re missing.

  3. Mr.Z Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    A great site to use fro up-to-date events and a list of Breweries and Wineries with maps is

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