Albuquerque is located centrally in New Mexico and is an ideal base for exploring the wonder of the state. But the city itself has quite a few sights as well. From Historic Old Town, where the Villa of Albuquerque was founded in 1706, to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the most popular ballooning event in the world, there is a lot to discover here. In many ways, Albuquerque is the de facto capital city of New Mexico, being its biggest, busiest, and most modern city. It also has the international airport.
The center of the city is Old Town. Here, one finds the historic San Felipe de Neri church and the plaza, once the heart of the village. Route 66 links the Old Town area with the downtown area which came into being after the coming of the railroad. Downtown has many historic buildings, including the a former Hilton Hotel. Further east is the University of New Mexico and the Nob Hill area, home to many groovy shops and restaurants. The northeast heights of the city are primarily recent subdivisions and strip malls, but that's where you'll find New Mexico's largest indoor mall: the Coronado Center. Nearby ABQ Uptown is a mall with higher end shops, and the rather quiet Winrock Mall is notable as New Mexico's first indoor shopping mall.
Famous for its annual hot air balloon fiesta, Albuquerque, spread across the desert plains of New Mexico, can be appreciated on the ground too, at any time of year.