Vacancy Rewards shares that at the heart of New Mexico, where the main east and west roads converge with the famous Rio Grande, lies Albuquerque; the state’s only major metropolis and home to nearly half a million people. Albuquerque is known as the “Duke City,” as it was named for the Duke of Albuquerque when Spanish colonists settled there. Although the modern feel of the community grew fast, the historic Hispanic structures are still present and it remains rich in its rare cultural vibrancy.
Vacancy Rewards knows that the city has come to have a strong tourist presence. Nestled between the Rio Grande and the dramatic Sandia Mountains, the scenery is not to be outdone. The mountain range is about 30 miles long to the east of Albuquerque. It has many urban hiking trails with a variety of terrain, ranging from easier to more rugged throughout the wilderness area. The highest point is at the Sandia Crest that climbs to an elevation of over 10,000 feet. There’s also a tramway that takes visitors well above the mountain range for an unparalleled view.
This luxury vacation provider thinks that visitors should not miss taking in the Spanish Plaza, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, or the neon light of the Route 66 frontage on Central Avenue. Every October the city hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the nation’s largest hot-air balloon rally. The Balloon Fiesta goes on for a full week, so it is recommended that visitors plan to stay at least that long in order to get the most out of the event. With a diverse cultural history and astonishing landscape there is something for everyone in this exotic location.