Never having been to Albuquerque, New Mexico, before, I've never thought of it as a vacation hot spot. (hot spot - get it?) However, after being there for a week, I'm amazed at all Albuquerque has to offer to the casual visitor, or a permanent resident.
Briefly, I'll fill you in on where we went and my thoughts about each experience:
1) The Sandia Peak Tramway:
What: The world's longest passenger tramway.
Thoughts: Beautiful, crowded, amazing, stomach churning.
Conclusion: Definitely on the recommended list, and the restaurant at the top was a special treat.
What: Covers everything from theory, tests, completion, use, consequences, history, social impact, economic impact, a children's discovery area, an artistic area, and developments.
Thoughts: Interesting, intriguing, educational, humorous, sad, shocking, concerning, amazing.
Conclusion: A must see for everyone of any age.
What: Rock carvings
Thoughts: Interesting, hot, curious, puzzling, sandy.
Conclusion: Everyone should see this - once. But, we only traveled 3/4 of the trail, and that was enough to satisfy our curiosity.
4) Old Town:
What: Shopping - pottery, jewelry, clothing, souvenirs.
Thoughts: Nice, expensive, quality, inexpensive, junk, fun.
Conclusion: Nice place to get souvenirs or unusual gifts. Don't miss the Turquoise Museum that is located nearby.
5) The Food:
The food must have it's own mention, because it was so delicious!
What: Our favorite places to eat were Sadie's (loved the salsa!), Cecilia's (get the chili relleno!), Frontier for lunch, and the Owl for their green chili cheeseburger.
Thoughts: Yum, yum, yum, and yum, love, heaven, can't get enough, tantalizing, mouth-watering, satisfying. Yes, I want to put green chilies on everything now!
Conclusion: Worth the trip just for the food! Just make sure your pants have elastic!
6) Botanical Gardens:
You didn't think I'd miss the Gardens, did you? I took lots of pictures, and was so very impressed with their botanical gardens that I'm going to highlight it in a separate post!
Albuquerque was surprising, delightful, fun, interesting, intriguing, beautiful, delicious and very enjoyable. I recommend going!