Following the success of Breaking Bad, Americans are discovering a new love affair with one of its central characters: the city of Albuquerque. There’s so much to love in New Mexico’s second largest city, from its unique multicultural heritage to its Southern small town vibe. Careful planning before you leave can help you make the most of your stay in Albuquerque.
1. Research the Neighborhoods
Albuquerque is the second largest city in New Mexico, so travelers have plenty of choice about where they’d like to stay. It’s smart to research the neighborhoods to decide which would best suit your taste and budget. For example, if you love being in the thick of the action you should stay Downtown and book a hotel near the Albuquerque Convention Center or First Methodist Episcopal Church.If the thought of all that noise makes you shudder, then you may prefer a quieter getaway in one of Candelmen’s bed and breakfasts. Interstate travelers might prefer the convenience of hotels near Albuquerque Airport.(Image by Andy Bilodeau)
Deciding which area of Albuquerque appeals to you will help you narrow down your accommodation options and plan your itinerary.
2. Decide on the Length of Your Stay
With some basic knowledge of your preferred neighborhood, you can settle on the length of your stay. This might be determined by your budget, the amount of leave you have available, or how much you want to see and do in Albuquerque.
3. Choose When to Go
The time of year you’ll visit Albuquerque might depend on your travel focus and your budget. Keen skiers will love visiting during winter when snow covers the Sandia Mountains. Crowds also flock to the city in October for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the city’s biggest annual celebration. The balmy weather, which is regularly in the 70s and 80s, is a pleasant change from many parts of the United States.
However, U.S. News encourages frugal travelers to consider visiting Albuquerque during spring or summer. The cool spring breezes, steamy summer days, and frequent afternoon showers tend to scare away tourists so bargain accommodation is much easier to come by.
4. Book Your Accommodation and Flights
Once you’ve formulated what you want out of your vacation it’s time to think about making concrete plans. If you’re visiting during a busy period, such as the ski season, or around a major local event or conference, it’s smart to make your booking early to ensure rooms don’t sell out. Travelers taking advantage of the cheap rates during the shoulder season can generally afford to wait and can take advantage of last-minute accommodation deals.(Image by Marriott Select Service Hotels)
Booking flights to Albuquerque at least two months before you leave will give you the greatest choice of travel times. If you don’t mind red-eye flights, you might save some money if you wait until closer to your intended arrival date. However, this can be risky if your travel dates are set in stone.
With the details taken care of, all that’s left is to pack your suitcase and have a fabulous time in this vibrant New Mexico city.
Author Bio :
Lauren Katulka has relaxed on the beaches of Fiji, been dazzled by the bright lights of New York City, and sipped shiraz in the Barossa Valley. A keen travel writer and foodie, she looks forward to where her sense of adventure, inspiration, and stomach will take her next.
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