Travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico – Episode 583

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Hear about travel to Albuquerque as Chris Christensen, the Amateur Traveler himself talks about his trip to Albuquerque during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (as a guest of Albuquerque tourism).

I had a chance to travel to Albuquerque in October as a guest of the Tourism Board to visit the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. This was a trip that was quite literally on my bucket list. You get up before dawn and watch as the sun rises and 500-600 hot air balloons ascend into the sky. We even had the rare chance to go up in a balloon during one of these mass ascensions.

There is a lot to do in Albuquerque when you are not at the festival. There is a cultural center that celebrates the Native American heritage of the area as well as another one that celebrates the Hispanic heritage in one of America’s oldest cities.

We had a chance to get out to the Petroglyph National Monument to see some of the ancient history in the area as well as the National Atomic History and Science Museum to see how New Mexico has influenced the atomic age.

We not only floated over the city but also toured some of its neighborhoods via the ABQ Trolly tour where we learned great places to eat and also learned how Albuquerque has been used as a backdrop for movies and TV shows (like Breaking Bad). We also visited the zoo which is part of the ABQ BioPark.

And of course, we ate. Albuquerque is known for its spicy food scene. You could travel to Albuquerque just for the food alone. I mention some of the great restaurants and give some tips on how to answer the proverbial question in New Mexico, “red or green?”

Come hear about the beauty, history, and food of this unique city.

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Show Notes

National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show
Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest
Gathering of Nations Powwow
Festival Flamenco internacional de Alburquerque
My Travel Bucket List
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – A Bucket List Adventure (Video #93)
12 Things to Do in Albuquerque, New Mexico
7 Great Places to Eat in Albuquerque
Nativo Lodge
Rainbow Ryders
Chris’s New Mexico Photos
ABQ Trolly Co.
Albuquerque Isotopes
Taos Pueblo
Acoma Sky City
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
National Atomic History and Science Museum
Petroglyph National Monument
ABQ BioPark
Tingley Beach
Taco Cabana
El Pinto
High Noon Restaurant and Saloon
the grove cafe & market
Nob Hill
Empire Board Game Library
Zacatecas Tacos
Scalo Northern Italian Grill


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico – Episode 583”

John Belyea


I had a chuckle when you noted New Mexico is your 49th state visited. Curious to know which is the last one standing! We are Canadians and live in Toronto (with my wife and 22 year-old son) and we have been to all 50 states. This wasn’t done by quick drive byes or changing flights in an airport; we have spent a night in 48 states with only West Virginia and New Hampshire being the holdouts (though we have spent plenty of time in both states). Three cross-country driving tours from Toronto to California played a big role. Keep up the great work!



My last state is North Dakota. But if I filters out states that I have not spent the night, that would at least add Kansas, Oklahoma and Delaware

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