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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Michael E Halstead
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Michael E Halstead
Downtown Albuquerque. Photo by Xnatedawgx
Downtown Albuquerque. Photo by Xnatedawgx
Albuquerque Petroleum Building. Camerafiend
Albuquerque Petroleum Building. Camerafiend
Albuquerque LDS Temple. PeterG/Shutterstock
Albuquerque LDS Temple. PeterG/Shutterstock
San Felipe de Neri Church. Photo FiledIMAGE
San Felipe de Neri Church. Photo FiledIMAGE
KiMo Theatre Albuquerque. Danies Schwen
"KiMo Theatre Albuquerque. Danies Schwen
Rio Grande Botanical Garden. Camerafiend
Rio Grande Botanical Garden. Camerafiend
Famous AMC Breaking Bad House, Albuquerque
Famous AMC Breaking Bad House, Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is the largest city in the U.S. state of New Mexico with the major Freeways Pan American and Coronado running directly through its path. Although not the capital of the state (which is Santa Fe), the city receives plenty of fame and attention for being the home where the popular TV series Breaking Bad was filmed in 2008-13 by AMC. Albuquerque is also the place where Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975.

Officially founded in 1706, the Governor Don Francisco named Albuquerque after the Spanish town with the same name. Early settlers were Spanish farmers and with decades of growth the city has transformed into a modern metropolis with its central business district featuring several high-rise buildings.

The city layout and structure is geographically broken down into four quadrants. The Northeast quadrant is the largest and contains the University of New Mexico and the Uptown area. The Northwest quadrant is the most popular with tourists as it features historic Old Town that is great for shopping; museums and tourist attractions. It is also well worth seeing the pueblo-Spanish style architectural buildings here.

In the Southwest quadrant you will find the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History a must see aviation and science museum. If you are into football or Baseball then the University Stadium or Isotopes Park is the place to be to watch a great game. Southeast also contains Nob Hill, a commercial district known for entertainment and funky shopping places.

For nature make sure to check out Biological Park in the Southwest quadrant of Albuquerque. The park consists of the Albuquerque Aquarium, a one million-litre ocean tank, the Rio Grande Zoo with 64 acres of species and wildlife, the Rio Grande Botanic garden with glass conservatory and Tingley Beach a place perfect for boating fishing or picnics.

An event not to miss is the annual world renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta held every year in October dating back to it beginning in 1972. This is the largest balloon festival in the world with half a thousand balloons taking flight.

For more holiday information and things to see and do in Albuquerque see the Albuquerque New Mexico tourism website.

Fountain in downtown city Albuquerque. Spirit of America/Shutterstock
Fountain in the city center of downtown Albuquerque
Aerial view of suburbia Albuquerque New Mexico. Trekandshoot/Shutterstock
Aerial view of suburbia Albuquerque New Mexico. Trekandshoot/Shutterstock