Albuquerque is a city that is considered one of the true jewels of the Southwest, and even a brief visit there makes it easy to see why. This town might not get the same attention as neighboring Santa Fe, but this favorite New Mexico city is home to over half a million people and is in fact the largest city in the entire state. A vibrant arts community, strong diversified economy, and commitment to local culture and a lively downtown has allowed this city to thrive when so many other Route 66 cities have floundered.
Can’t Get Away From The Arts
There’s no question that a major part of the now decades long explosive growth of this city, similar to Santa Fe, is due to that long term commitment to artists of all types whether writers, musicians, film makers, potters, painting & drawing artists, and more. This commitment started all the way back in the early 1960’s with the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair especially sticking out.
This event is for all types of New Mexico based artists, and now gets national attention every year. Albuquerque has only grown as a more and more appropriate venue for this type of event since then. The city is now home to over 300 different organizations, festivals, events, and associations that are dedicated to art in some form or another.
Make Sure To Visit The Old Town
Old Town Albuquerque is a very popular point to visit. Old style architecture, a blend of Spanish, American, and Native cultures, and modern markets and attractions combine to make this a truly amazing sight for residents and visitors alike. In fact, no visit down to the city is going to be complete without visiting the Old Town square and seeing everything that the city has to offer.
October’s International Balloon Festival
This internationally known festival is just like it sounds. Hundreds of hot air balloons can be seen in the air throughout the festival and the pictures each year are passed around throughout the world while residents and visitors alike get to enjoy the incredible skyward sights.
A City That’s Easy To Love
There’s no question that Albuquerque has so much to offer. Whether you love the natural world, culture and the arts, or are looking for old school architecture while enjoying modern cuisine and conveniences, you can find it all in New Mexico’s largest city.