Albuquerque (pop. 450,000), the largest city in New Mexico, is located at the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, nestled at the foot of the towering Sandia Mountain Range to the north. Containing over a third of the population of New Mexico, Albuquerque is the state center for education, commerce, trade and transportation and offers its visitors a genuine taste of life in the southwest.
Originating as a pueblo in the 1700's and named for a Spanish Duke of the same era, Albuquerque grew as the railroad came to town and it became the trade center for New Mexico, today sitting at a major crossroads of Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 and historic US Route 66. Visitors will find Albuquerque a unique juxtaposition of old and new, where visitors can explore the 16th century architecture of 'Old Town', wander along the banks of the mighty Rio Grande River, walk the new high-rise buildings of downtown and enjoy the variety of recreational opportunities that this lively and young thinking city offers as well.
Travel to Albuquerque is easy due to the city's location at the junction of several major US highways. Visitors traveling by car from the east or west can access Albuquerque via I-40/Historic Route 66 and those from the north or south can utilize I-25. Flying into the Albuquerque area is a breeze, as Albuquerque International Airport plays host to most major airlines and has a good selection of rental car agencies on site. Accommodations are plentiful in Albuquerque and visitors should have no trouble finding something to meet both their budget and taste. Dining while in Albuquerque is diverse and cuisine is available to suit all palates, the gamut ranging from the funky coffeehouses around the University of New Mexico to fancy, internationality inspired culinary offerings.
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