The city of Albuquerque may be more than 300 years old, but it's clearly young at heart. With lively nightlife, vibrant and unique cultural heritage, outdoor adventures and an eclectic range of mind-expanding attractions such as museums and galleries, Albuquerque feels like a place that's rediscovering itself. And thanks to a plethora of festivals and events, the Duke City is frequently in a cheerful frame of mind.
Part of Albuquerque's appeal can be defined as location, location, location. The confluence of geographic highlights that drew the Spanish to this valley for settlement and won over the Native American Indian tribes before them are all still here: from the unapologetically azure skies to the cottonwood-lined river gorge of the Rio Grande to the romantic silhouette of the rose-colored Sandía mountains defining the horizon. (Sunsets over the western hills are particularly prized in Albuquerque.)
Once a prime rest stop on the Camino Real linking Spain's northernmost settlements in the United States with the capital in Mexico, Albuquerque was later a major stop on the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroads and then on historic Route 66. In the early 20th century, tuberculosis patients were sent to benefit from Albuquerque's dry climate, and many of them remained to savor a wellness-oriented way of life.