The Land of Enchantment
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Bienvenidos, welcome, to the travel guide for our corner of the Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque, New Mexico!
We are very excited to be hosting APTA's 2019 National Student Conclave (NSC). Albuquerque (aka, Burque or ABQ) glows with natural beauty, quirky mannerisms, and food that you will find no place else.
You will find a blend of cultures here: Hispanic, Native American, Latino, and Anglo, to name a few, along with plenty of history and unique experiences that make the 505 a one-of-a-kind destination.
A word to the wise: Albuquerque is the same elevation as Denver, Colorado (over a mile high!). If you're coming from sea level, be aware that you may feel tired at this altitude. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help adjust, especially because we're in the desert. You'll also want to make sure that you wear sunscreen if you'll be outside (yes, even in the fall).
Renting a car or using an Uber or Lyft ride is the best way to get around Albuquerque. NSC will be held in the downtown area, which is relatively close to both Old Town, our historical district full of museums, and Nob Hill, the ‟main street‟ of our city, with restaurants and local stores. Below are some of our favorite spots in town to check out while you are here.
Things to do
Watch a sunset: Our mountains to the east of the city are called the Sandias, which means ‟watermelon‟ in Spanish. During our sunsets, you can see why! You also can find a place to see the sun acostarse (or rest) below the horizon and the extinct volcanoes on the western horizon. A good spot is in the foothills of the Sandia, a short hike on the Copper Trail. Just be still and soak it in.
- Ride the tram: Albuquerque is home to the longest tramway in the United States. It ascends nearly 4,000 feet to the top of the Sandias, which are over 10,000 feet high. You can see the Rio Grande to the west and the national forest to the east. It's the best view in the city.
- Celebrate Día de Los Muertos: Yes, like in the movie, ‟Coco!‟ The South Valley Marigold parade is an amazing cultural immersion into this annual Day of the Dead event with art, dance, and music. This year's parade will be on Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 pm.
Places to eat (comida)
As New Orleans has its gumbo, New Mexico has green chile. You just have to try it. If you are sensitive to spicy foods, definitely order it on the side. The green chile in the Golden Pride breakfast burritos are most tolerable for novice taste buds. In my opinion the number 9 is the best, and number 1 is pretty good too.
- New Mexican cuisine. Here are some great places to try green chile, red chile, or ‟Christmas,‟ which is both.
- Authentic Mexican experience:
- Healthy fare
- Coffee shops
Places to drink
We have a lot of local breweries. Here are just a few of our favorites. For more great options download the New Mexico Beer Map.
Other sites and activities in Albuquerque
Slow down and disfruta (enjoy) your time in Albuquerque! We are excited to have you join us for this year's APTA's National Student Conclave, October 31 to November 2, at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Registration is now open!
Courtney Cook, SPT, attends the University of New Mexico and serves as the APTA Student Assembly Core Ambassador New Mexico.