Discover all that Albuquerque has to offer with a little help from Hotel Cascada. With 310 days of Southwestern sunshine, outdoor enthusiasts love the countless options of hiking, biking, golfing, and many other activities that take advantage of the Albuquerque sun. For those who prefer a more relaxed afternoon with the family, discovering museums, seeing local shops and tasting local cuisine, the city has an array of options to satisfy any traveler’s needs. Many of these attractions are located just a few miles from our convenient Midtown location. With our complimentary shuttle service to select areas within the city, we can lead you off to your preferred destination without the worries of parking or getting lost.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the premier international ballooning event, set to take place during Albuquerque’s perfect October climate. A phenomenon called the “Albuquerque Box”, which is a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, creates ideal and uniquely predictable hot air balloon flying conditions. During the fiesta, the blue skies are filled with vividly colored balloons. On the ground, you can soak in the beautiful view while enjoying traditional New Mexican food from local vendors.
Hot Air Ballooning Albuquerque is known as the hot-air-ballooning capital of the world, as it offers the perfect weather conditions for balloon flights no matter the time of a visit. There are various companies throughout Albuquerque to help you experience our city from a bird’s eye view. Only a short 15 minute car ride separates you from the experience and view of a lifetime.
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway One of the more spectacular attractions Albuquerque has to offer is the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. This must-see attraction takes you on a 2.7 mile ascent to the 10,378 foot peak of the majestic Sandia Mountains. After reaching the top, relish in the absolute beauty of this 11,000 square-mile panoramic view. While it is an amazing sight to see at any time of the day, we suggest timing your trip to catch one of New Mexico’s fiery sunsets. Dine at High Finance Restaurant and Tavern, which features cuisine to accompany the views.
Golfing With over 14 award-winning public golf courses (many of which rank in the nation’s top 50), Albuquerque offers many options for the ideal game of golf. Whether you are looking for a pro-level challenge, or are out for a leisurely 18 holes, our selection of golf courses offer something for everyone. With 310 days of sunny, beautiful weather, golf can be played in Albuquerque virtually every day of the year.
Hiking New Mexico’s hiking terrain is accompanied by gorgeous views. Examine artifacts from our planet’s long history as you hike trailside along beautiful geological formations and maybe stumble upon some fossils and petrified wood, or even take some time to spot the abundant New Mexico wildlife. These well-marked trails range from beginner to expert, so you can choose your own pace and enjoy the outdoors without challenging yourself beyond your own comfort and abilities. Just remember to pack sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
Historic Old Town For those of you looking to have a true American cultural experience, Historic Old Town is the place to be. Known as the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded in 1706, Historic Old Town is a fantastic place to learn about the colorful and fascinating history behind New Mexico’s largest city. Today, Historic Old Town is the city’s cultural center, and boasts five museums with over 100 shops, galleries and restaurants to keep you busy during your entire trip.
Gathering of Nations Known as the largest PowWow in the world, Gathering of Nations brings together over 700 different tribes of Native Americans for spectators to witness various forms of tribal dance, drum circles, and other cultural traditions. Taking place during the fourth week of April, this attraction is great for anyone looking to experience this internationally acclaimed event!
University of New Mexico As New Mexico’s flagship university founded in 1889, the institution offers opportunities for bright, young minds to flourish in the midst of this pueblo-revival architectural themed campus. The school also offers geological, biological, and art museums open to spectators as well as 87 bachelor’s and 72 master’s degrees and 38 doctoral programs! This is a perfect destination for any visiting prospective families that are thinking of attending a fine educational institution.
University of New Mexico Athletics For all you collegiate sports fans out there, the University of New Mexico offers some of the finest Division I athletics programs. Ranging in sports from football to golf, the student-athletes both work hard and play hard to do well in school and on the field. GO LOBOS!
Albuquerque Isotopes - AAA Minor League Baseball No better way to enjoy the New Mexico sun than witnessing one of America’s finest homegrown sports, watching the Albuquerque Isotopes. The perfect minor league baseball experience for any visiting sport fan out there! Enjoy a cold beer and a hotdog and experience one of America’s greatest pastimes.
Albuquerque Sol - Professional Soccer As a part of the Premier Development League, Albuquerque Sol competes in the mountain division. On any given night you can catch the Sol battling with teams from Tucson, Las Vegas, Colorado and Utah. Come check out the Albuquerque Sol in action, and share the unique experience of watching US Soccer’s rising stars. Get you tickets today!
Duke city gladiators - Arena Football Looking for an experience like none other? Come to Duke City Gladiators Professional Indoor Football right in the heart of the Duke City! See the fast-paced excitement, hear the hits, feel the energy and be a part of the exciting action at Tingley Colosseum. Fun for the entire family and you may even be one of the many lucky fans to take home a game ball. Get tickets and game day information at www.DukeCityGladiators.com or call 266-8006. Duke City Gladiators... "You will be entertained!"