Albuquerque International Sunport is the largest commercial airport in New Mexico. ABQ offers nonstop service to 22 cities with an average of 374 flights per day. Located 3 miles southeast of Downtown Albuquerque, the airport welcomes more than 5 million travelers each year who can choose between six major airlines: American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Southwest, the airport's largest carrier. ABQ also has regular service from commuter airline New Mexico Airlines. Visitors will find 22 gates where they can enjoy food and beverages from a number of fast food eateries.
Stay in comfort at hotels near Albuquerque Airport. Holiday Inn Albuquerque Airport can be found less than a mile from ABQ, and it features a complimentary shuttle service and close services to the Alvardo Train Station nearby. Business travelers might consider staying in Candlewood Suites Albuquerque off of Interstate 40. Here, they can take advantage of Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, business services and an on-site fitness center. If you're looking for a cost-effective airport hotel, check out Ramada Albuquerque Airport, which has a continental breakfast, free parking and fully equipped business centers.
Welcome to Albuquerque
As the most populous city in New Mexico, Albuquerque is known for its outdoor activities, culture and heritage. The Rio Grande flows through the heart of the city, and the Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque. The city was ranked the "Best U.S. Destinations for Your Vacation Dollar" by Hotwire travel company in 2012. Soak in the 310 days of sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the spring and summer that lend themselves to nature adventures and dining al fresco. During the winter, lows reach the 20s, so visitors should dress prepared with a jacket, a hat and gloves. The city's dry climate is perfect for hot-air ballooning, giving it the nickname of "Ballooning Capital of the World."
To get around, a visitor's best bet is renting a car. The city is quite spread out, and besides transporting guests along Route 66 through Nob Hill, the University, Downtown and Old Town, public transportation is more geared toward residents. Albuquerque is laid out in quadrants and there are two major Interstates, I-25 and I-40, and where they insect in the center of the city is called the Big I. The bike system is great, and bike rentals are available at several locations across town. Business travelers might find it useful to know that Albuquerque is also home to the University of New Mexico, Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.
Things to Do in Albuquerque
Albuquerque boasts attractions for all ages. Kick your visit off with a tour of Old Town, the heart and soul of Albuquerque. This 10-block neighborhood, which stands as a testament to the city's Native American and Spanish heritage, hosts Southwestern art galleries and the Church of San Felipe de Neri, the city's oldest building. History buffs flock to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History as well as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
With 310 days of sunshine, outdoor activities are plentiful. Active types might enjoy horseback riding along the scenic Rio Grande Valley, golfing on picturesque fairways or mountain biking in the Sandia Mountains. If you're traveling with kids, bring them to the 64-acre ABQ BioPark Zoo and Explore Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. Last but not least, soar in a hot air balloon for the first time. The city even hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on the first week of October, when thousands of visitors come to watch the skies fill with brightly colored balloons.