Ashley Biggers

Albuquerque is known for soaring hot-air balloons and spicy New Mexican cuisine. The city’s heritage is etched into its identity, from the Native American petroglyphs on the West Side to the swirling skirts of flamenco dancers in an intimate Old Town tablao. However, the city’s more than 300-year storied history isn’t the only reason to venture to this Southwestern hub. Albuquerque’s farm-to-table restaurants and buzzworthy craft beer and cocktail scene have staked the city’s claim as a culinary destination. Duke City artists treat every corner of the city, even its hotel rooms, as a canvas. Whether you’re looking for chile-laden cuisine, hiking trails, or once-in-a-lifetime balloon rides, here is a comprehensive guide to Albuquerque.