Albuquerque, New Mexico
what’s the destination?
Albuquerque, New Mexico
what it’s famous for…
helllllla hot air balloons at the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, lots of dance culture with everything from traditional native american style to ballet, The Rio Grande river, amazing sun-to-snow desert weather, and Neil Patrick Harris was totally born there.
have we been there?
krissie lived in a near by town called Los Alamos for a little bit when she was a kid, so she remembers all the big pretty balloons!
why we love new mexico...
some people think the desert is plain, boring, desolate... but we think it's magical, beautiful, at nighttime you can see stars for daaaayyyyys, and we love the feeling of freedom we have being in wide open desert spaces.
how to travel...
for sure road trip it. it's on the infamous "Route 66", so there's no other way to go!
who this vacay is for...
for the girl who loves to just get in her car and drive...destination freedom style. if you're a photo nerd, the panoramic landscapes are perfection. Albuquerque is all about experiencing art, culture, food, dance, sunsets, and the desert moon.
what to do in Albuquerque...
» Balloon Fiesta
if you're going around October, you have to do this. think of hundreds of balloons in the sky all at once. it's amazing. they launch a ton of the balloons at the same time, so it's this massive wave of color. so brilliant.
» Rainbow Ryders
don't worry if you can't make it to the fiesta, there are companies that have balloon flights year round, and they will take you up in one! imagine literally flying over the desert, the river, and mountains...incredible.
» Sandia Mountains
depending on the time of year you go, you can head outside of Albuquerque and go hiking, climbing, mountain biking, hang gliding, skiing or snowboarding. and no matter what, you have to check out the Sandia Peak Tramway. it's a tram ride that takes you to a mountain peak with an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment... anything with "Land of Enchantment" sounds rad.
» Old Town Albuquerque
this is where you take in the art, the Pueblo culture, the botanic gardens, and the shopping. it's perfect for a chill stroll around to soak things up day.
you can't crash Albuquerque and not fill your tummy with local mexican food, and the menu item you have to seek out is sopapillas. this is krissie's faaaaavorit' memory of New Mexico. they are these bread things that they make with honey and sugar on top. the. best. ever.
embrace desert colors, breezy fabrics, casual elegance, and cultural prints.