Now I know what you’re thinking, Albuquerque is one of the hardest states to say and never mind spell! However, don’t let that put you off. Thanks to the success of the hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’, more people are becoming aware of this forgotten state. Now if you have a taste bud for spice and breakfast burritos, Albuquerque is the place for you! One of the many things Albuquerque is famous for is its unique cuisine. It combines old American classics with Spanish traditions – almost every restaurant will serve a green chile cheeseburger! If you can’t decide between green or red chile, just say ‘Christmas’ and you’ll get both!
The BUCKiTDREAM way is about adding new and exciting dreams that you wouldn’t have even thought about. Albuquerque has such a rich culture and history as it was founded in 1706, making it one of the nation’s oldest inlands! It is a state known for its mountains and sunsets as the elevation of Albuquerque is 5312 feet making it the highest metropolitan city in America! With the BUCKiTDREAM app, you can add Albuquerque to your list, explore others experiences and take note of the dreams that interest you!
Unlike other travel blogs that just show the top tourist attractions, here’s our dream list of Albuquerque experiences, that show some hidden gems!
The ‘Breaking Bad’ Tour
The Rolling Stone once called ‘Breaking Bad’ “one of the greatest television dramas of all time.” Thanks to this global TV series, Albuquerque has become a popular destination for die-hard fans. Multiple companies offer ‘Breaking Bad’ tours where they will take you around to all the top locations filmed over the five series. However, if you are short for cash and have a car, you can do the tour yourself! Take a visit to 3828 Piermont Dr and see Walter White’s house! The man who lives here will ask where you are from and tell you some amazing stories, the woman will tell you to leave…So don’t think about throwing a pizza on her roof!
Rude Boy Cookies
Dream of cookies and milkshakes? This small cookie bar is located right by The University of New Mexico and is always filled with people! They do monthly specials to fit every season, organize fundraising events ‘CookiesforaCause’ and provide gluten free cookies! Their Salted Caramel Shortbread and S’more cookies are their top sellers!
Activities across the Rio Grande
The Rio Grande runs from the Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico. It is an amazing location to do some hiking, canoeing and even rope swinging! Head down Namaste Road, take a left towards the park and walk across the road hugging the river. You’ll find a small spot with a large tree where locals have added a rope. You can rope-swing right over the Rio Grande!
Sushi King, Downtown Albuquerque
If you fancy sushi and a movie, this is the place for you! This small sushi place is located right next to Century 14 movie theatre in downtown Albuquerque! You can order a selection of nigiri and sashimi. If you are a Harry Potter fan, I would highly recommend the Gryffindor, Slytherin and Happy roll!
Once you’ve watched a movie and eaten sushi, head down to Sisters for live music, cocktails and arcade games! Downtown Albuquerque is filled with local bars, but Sisters provides live music from upcoming bands every month. Play on the arcade games, whilst listening to some live music and drinking their amazing ‘Ginger Script’ cocktail!
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
How to get the best view in Albuquerque? Visit the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. Sandia means ‘watermelon’ in Spanish, and around 6pm every night, these beautiful mountains turn a bright pink ‘watermelon’ colour. The view at the top is spectacular. This is a popular tourist attraction as it is North America’s longest aerial tram! However, what makes it different as once you reach the top you can hike, backpack or even ski down!
New Mexico is famously known for its green chile! If you’re buying red and green chile, you gotta call it Christmas! Rather than eating it in a restaurant head East onto Snow Heights Boulevard NE and go to the largest retailer of locally grown New Mexico produce. This amazing farmers market has been around for over 50 years and you get some great bargains on local foods. You can’t beat New Mexican chile!
The Dirty Bourbon
Want to dance with some real cowboys? Go to the ‘Dirty Bourbon’ dance hall and salon. This place is packed, especially on a Thursday night as girls go free! It has two bars over 50 feet long with a huge dance floor in the middle, where a live band or music performer will play. They usually play about 4 group numbers where everyone will get up and dance! All of the staff where Western Relics and you really feel like you are in an Old Western movie!
A real New Mexican burger – Burger Boy!
After hiking up the Sandia Peak, there’s nothing better than a cheeseburger! Not many people know about this amazing burger joint! It is out in the East Mountains, tucked away on North Cedar Crest road. However, this place is worth the drive and their burgers are only around $5! They are famous for their ‘Double-Meat Green Chile Cheeseburger’ with fries. So if you love hiking and then indulging in cheeseburgers, check this place out!
The University of New Mexico is located in Central Albuquerque and is known for its amazing Science department. However, it also has an incredible theatre department. Rodey Theatre puts on both professional and student productions. They’re had ‘The Book of Mormon’, ‘Wicked’ and many student productions such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Because this theatre is located in the University, they offer affordable prices. Watch some great theatre and then head to Rude Boys for desert!
So if you’re driving to Arizona or Texas, stop off at Albuquerque. You won’t regret! Log into your BUCKiTDREAM app today and add all these amazing places to your BUCKiTDREAM list!