While Albuquerque might now be best known as the setting for the hit television show Breaking Bad, there is a lot more to this city than you might have found while watching Walter White’s exploits (and that’s a good thing!).

Traditionally known as the cross roads of New Mexico, Albuquerque was mostly thought of as a way point along the route to cities like Taos, Chaco Canyon, or Santa Fe. However, those who simply drive through are missing out on a vibrant city with tons of interesting culture, cuisine and nature.

Let’s dive in and see everything Albuquerque has to offer.

Festivals and Fiestas Galore

Hot Air Balloons

Home to dozens of events for every style and taste, there is hardly a weekend that goes by all year round that doesn’t have a festival or fiesta attached to it.

The most famous (and amazing) is the world famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Held in early October, the skies around the city quickly become dotted with colorful hot air balloons, it’s a can’t miss event.

Other fun events to enjoy include the Viva New Mexico Chile Festival, the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show, and the Annual New Mexico State Fair.

Native American Culture

Pow Wow in Albuquerque

One of the biggest highlights of the areas in and around Albuquerque has to be the wonderful Native American culture.

A top destination for learning more would be the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Run by local Pueblo tribes, it features not only an interesting look at history, but also art, exhibitions, cultural dances, and craft demonstrations.

If you want to experience North America’s biggest Pow Pow, then the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow is the place to learn and embrace native culture and events.

Delicious Cuisine

If you love Southwestern food, there is hardly a better place in America to experience it than Albuquerque. Home to some of most unique chili peppers grown in the country, they are often introduced into the food, making for unique tastes.

Some great places to enjoy Southwestern cuisine include Corn Maiden located inside the Tamaya Resort and Spa; Ironwood Kitchen specializing in local green chili, and James Beard award winning Mary & Tito’s Cafe, known for its red chili.

Hanging chilies

Getting There

Albuquerque has long been known as a hub around the Southwest, because of that it means it’s quite easy to get to via plane, rail, and car.

If you’re flying in, you can arrive at the Albuquerque International Sunport, which services most major national airlines, and has a local car rental, shuttle, and rail runner train service to downtown Albuquerque with a shuttle from the airport.

If you’re driving, Albuquerque is located on two major highways, Route 40 which goes East to West across the Southern United States, and Route 25 which runs North to South along the Rockies.

Amtrak also has a station in Albuquerque and the city has served as the main hub to many destinations from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Now, let’s hear from you! Have you been able to visit Albuquerque, what are some of your favorite sites in the city?