Best area to stay in Albuquerque
The best place to stay in Albuquerque is the Old Town, which is considered to be the heart of the city, since it was founded in 1706 by a group of Spanish families. This area is full of hidden terraces, brick-lined windy streets, beautiful gardens and unforgettable balconies. Most museums, attractions, restaurants and sightseeing in Albuquerque can be found within the old town.
If you are hoping to do a bit of shopping, you may not have enough time to visit the more than 150 gift shops and galleries that are unique to the southeast, but if you like arts and crafts, take a trip to Old Town Portal Vendors, where local artists sell their work at an open air market. Some great recommendations for dinner are Backstreet Grill, Billy The Kid Beer Garden, Candy Land Of Old Town and the Hacienda del Rio Restaurant & Mexican Cantina.
The most interesting places to visit in the Old Town are The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Old Town Plaza, the San Felipe Neri Church, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, and one of the most highly recommended; Explora, which offers science, art and technology exhibitions in an incredible environment. Finish the day off with an intimate concert in the Casa Flamenca, starting the night with some drinks and mariachis in Garduño´s at Old Town.
If you venture outside of the Old Town, you will find the Aquarium and Botanical Gardens just 3 minutes away by car, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre 5 minutes away, and the Río Grande Zoo just 10 minutes away by car. You can also travel there by bus. The airport is a 15 minute drive away.