9 Best Ways to Spend 48 Hours in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico is a desert oasis, full of great cuisine, shopping, and outdoor recreation. From hot air ballooning to hiking to green chile dishes, your time in Albuquerque is sure to be unforgettable, even if you’re only there for 48 hours. Two days is definitely enough time to get a vibe of this New Mexico city. Hit up these must-visit spots in Albuquerque during your two-day stay here.

Enjoy Brunch at Farm & Table
Farm & Table

Enjoy Brunch at Farm & Table

Start your day off with a popular brunch spot in Albuquerque, Farm & Table. With locally-sourced food and organic ingredients, your meal at Farm & Table is sure to be absolutely delicious. The menu changes with the seasons, so always expect something both unique and fresh. The food doesn’t even travel far to reach your plate, as there is an onsite farm. After your meal, make sure to stop at the store next door, La Parada, for a souvenir, as this shop sells vintage and handmade goods from a variety of artisans.

Shop at Old Town Plaza

Shop at Old Town Plaza

After a delicious brunch, walk your meal off by strolling around Old Town Plaza. This historic district is home to great shops, cafes, restaurants, and one of the oldest churches in the city San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793. Old Town Plaza spans 10 blocks, so there is plenty to explore here. Referred to as the heart of Albuquerque, a visit to the city isn’t complete without walking around this unique area of town.

Explore the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Explore the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

After strolling the streets of Old Town Plaza, take a five-minute walk to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Learn about the history of New Mexico, from its early dinosaur inhabitants to the age of computers. There are interactive exhibits found here that make learning fun for all ages. Rain or shine, this museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours in Albuquerque.

Ride the Sandia Peak Tramway
The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

Ride the Sandia Peak Tramway

Albuquerque is surrounded by nature. Therefore explore this city’s natural side by taking a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway, giving views of the Sandia Mountains. As the longest aerial tramway in the country, this 15-minute tram will bring you to the top of Sandia Peak where you’ll catch incredible views of the city. The tram, a popular tourist spot, has four departures every hour. At the top, you can choose to hike, mountain bike, ski or simply sightsee.

Go on a “Breaking Bad” Tour
“Breaking Bad” Film Tour

Go on a “Breaking Bad” Tour

Fans of the hit show “Breaking Bad” will be excited to discover that there is actually a tour that visits popular filming locations. Since the show is set in Albuquerque, fans will get to visit Jesse’s house, Los Pollos Hermanos and Walt’s car wash. However, even if you’re not a “Breaking Bad” fan, there are also a number of great tours in the city hosted by ABQ Trolley Co.

Dine at El Pinto Restaurant
El Pinto Restaurant

Dine at El Pinto Restaurant

After a long day exploring Albuquerque, you’re sure to have built up an appetite. Therefore enjoy incredible Mexican food at the popular El Pinto Restaurant for dinner. The baby back ribs are a customer favorite, however, you can’t go wrong with any dish found on the menu here. This restaurant is also a great place to get your green chile fix, a popular ingredient in New Mexican cuisine.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot Air Balloons fly over the city of Albuquerque New Mexico during the mass ascension at the annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Albuquerque is a popular place for hot air ballooning. If you happen to visit during the famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta that occurs in October, then you’re sure to be dazzled by hundreds of balloons floating in the sky. However hot air ballooning is popular year-round here. A ride in a hot air balloon occurs in the early morning or the evening, and viewing sunrise or sunset from 1,000 feet up in the air truly offers an unforgettable moment in this New Mexico city.

Walk the Bosque Trail
Tingley Beach

Walk the Bosque Trail

This metropolitan walking and biking trail is the perfect way to stretch your legs before leaving Albuquerque. This 16-mile trail runs north to south and parallels the Rio Grande river. You’ll stroll through cottonwood forests and past Tingley Beach while exploring the Paseo Del Bosque Trail.

Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

New Mexico was once home to native peoples, therefore the state is influenced by Native American culture. Learn more about the 16 different Pueblo tribes that once lived here by visiting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. View Native American artwork, tools and other exhibits here. With free shuttle service to the center from Old Town, you don’t even need to worry about transportation.

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