Albuquerque, New Mexico: Come for a Visit and You May Never Want to Leave
Big City Drawbacks
We love living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Just as in most large cities, there is a significant amount of crime, homeless or down-on-their-luck people begging at every busy intersection, ladies of the evening waving your car down if you get too close to their "corner," and gangs that do whatever gangs do. And, a lot of cars get stolen here (ours was stolen in October of 2019 right out of our driveway) but we still love it because we don't go through the areas of high crime, don't drive by the corners where the hookers hang out, and we don't go into the sections of the town where gangs are known to operate.
Albuquerque is just like every other large city. If you frequent the rough parts of town, you are likely to be a victim of a crime, or at the very least see some things you might want to forget you ever saw.
You can't get away from people holding up signs at major intersections. If you gave each one of them $1, by the end of the day, your billfold would be significantly lighter. Follow your heart and conscience and simply ignore them if you wish. Every now and then, one of them will look particularly needy and we hand them a $5 bill or so but most of them we have to simply drive right on by simply because we can't afford to help all of them.
Now, let's get to the good stuff you should plan to see if you visit this city of diverse cultures.
The Albuquerque BioPark Botanical GardensClick thumbnail to view full-size
Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, Aquarium and BugariumClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Sandia MountainsClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Roadrunner: The Official State Bird of New Mexico and the Most Famous Bird in the SouthwestClick thumbnail to view full-size
A Personal Note
I was in the middle of writing this article and needed a break so I went out on our back patio and was lying down on a swing when a roadrunner came out from under it. For a split second, it scared me but it didn't take long to realize it was just a harmless roadrunner. He walked around the patio for a minute or so, then strolled around the backyard looking for lizards. In only a few minutes he jumped on the fence and was off to another yard.
Amazing Sculptures Abound in Albuquerque
The Tinkertown MuseumClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Sandia Peak Tramway
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the Most Photographed Event in the WorldClick thumbnail to view full-size
American International Rattlesnake Museum
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
The Corrales Bosque in InfraredClick thumbnail to view full-size
Albuquerque is a Photographer's Playground
Photographers love to take pictures in Albuquerque because of the many historical buildings, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the cultural events, the Sandia Mountains, the museums, the Rio Grande, and the countless arts and crafts events and festivals.
Two of my husband's favorite places to take pictures are the Corrales bosque and the trails on the Sandia Mountains (photos of both places above and below).
The La Luz Trail on the Sandia Mountains in InfraredClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Rock Houses on the Sandia MountainsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Rd NW
Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
J and R Vintage Auto Museum
3650 State Highway 528 NW
1 University Of New Mexico
Meteoritics Meteorite Museum
5301 Central Ave NE
New Mexico Holocoust and Intolerence Museum
616 Central Ave SW
New Mexico Museum of Natural History
1801 Mountain Rd NW
New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society
1833 8th St NW
New Mexico Veterans' Memorial
1100 Louisiana Blvd SE
Oro Fine Art Gallery
200 3rd St NW
202 San Felipe St NW
Silver Family Geology Museum
221 Yale Blvd SE
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
601 Eubank Blvd SE
Unser Racing Museum
1776 Montano Rd NW
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Mike and Dorothy McKenney