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AFAR Announces Top 25 Places Where To Go in 2019 – Albuquerque

Albuquerque

New Mexico’s largest city comes into its own. 

When to Go The city gets 310 sunny days a year on average, but autumn, when temperatures cool and desert winds calm, is the season New Mexicans live for.

Why Now Sure, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (October 5–13) draws travelers from all over the world, but new offerings are putting this desert city on the traveler’s go list this year. A newly opened 50-mile trail for cyclists and hikers skirts the pink-toned Sandia Mountains, the Rio Grande, and downtown. (Travelers can rent bicycles from more than 41 locations via Pace, Albuquerque’s new bike-share service.) In the expanding Sawmill District—once the center of the city’s lumber industry—the 8,600-square-foot Spur Line Supply Co. is a symbol of the area’s revival. Founded in an Airstream trailer, Spur now offers space for New Mexican artisans, as well as rotating art exhibits, coffee, and classes from YogaZo, the city’s first mobile yoga studio. Elsewhere, long-dormant hotels dating back to the 1930s are getting a second life, including the remodeled 22-room El Vado Motel near Old Town, which was built in 1937 to cater to Route 66 travelers. In the Nob Hill neighborhood, the 80-year-old De Anza Lodge is set to reopen by early March after an $8.2 million renovation, which includes the restoration of Zuni Shalako murals.

How to Get There Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta have recently added nonstop flights to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) from cities including Los Angeles, Portland, Denver, and Austin. —NICK PACHELLI

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