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Located in the centre of the US sate of New Mexico, Albuquerque can be found right where I-40 (running east to west) crosses I-25 (running north to south alongside the Rio Grande River. Albuquerque is a fantastic destination from which to explore the southwest region. To get the most out of your trip the majority of visitors travelling here opt for car hire in Albuquerque. Book today for the best rates and deals online and obtain the freedom to explore this vast wilderness.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, operated by Native Americans, is a stunning museum and crafts market, great if you fancy purchasing some souvenirs for your trip. In the centre of this horseshoe shaped museum is a beautiful courtyard which has become the venue for free Pueblo dance classes every weekend. Videos are also played throughout the museum to exhibit modern Pueblo life. Upstairs you will find incredible jewellery and pottery as well as a café serving a range of Pueblo specialties.
The intact Spanish plaza is a highlight for visitors. Dating from 1706, the area consists of a four-block historical and architectural museum with the most famous building, San Felipe de Neri Church, on the plaza's northern side. Though the church has been renovated several times since first built in 1706, the old charm and historical sense remain.
Other important attractions are the Albuquerque Museum of Art, History and Science, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History; while the excellent Kimo Theater features stunning Pueblo Deco architecture as well as tasteful displays of art.
Several companies around Albuquerque offer hot-air balloon rides, and every October Albuquerque hosts the nation's largest hot-air balloon rally, attracting upwards of 100,000 people to its mass ascensions. Local vineyards are another favourite with visitors, with most offering wine tastings and tours.
Albuquerque is convenient to reach by either road or air. Albuquerque International Airport is located 8kms south of the city centre and has convenient connections to major cities in the southwest such as Denver and Phoenix, where international visitors can transit. Car rental firms operate from desks in the arrivals hall including Avis, Advantage Rent A Car, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, PaylessCar and Thrifty. For more options book online with us. Additional airports in Alamogordo, Farmington, Questa, Ruidoso, Santa Fe and Taos offer local flights.
Interstate 25 runs north-south through the state, parallel to the Rio Grande River, connecting Santa Fe in the north to Albuquerque and then to Los Cruces in the south. Albuquerque is connected to Texas and Arizona by the east-west oriented I-40. Additional highways make other towns in New Mexico easily accessible from Albuquerque on beautiful scenic drives. Book cheap car hire in Albuquerque today with carrentals.co.uk and gain the freedom to explore these routes in the style and comfort of your own private hire car.
Amtrak's Southwest Chief service has daily trains from Albuquerque's Amtrak station to eastern and western destinations, as well as to Lamy. There is a connecting bus to take passengers on to Santa Fe.
Greyhound has services throughout New Mexico and operates from the Albuquerque Bus Transportation Center. Shuttle services also depart from the airport to Angel Fire, Red River, Santa Fe, and Taos.