How to Have Three Perfect Days in Albuquerque
After enjoying the first day of NBAA’s Maintenance Conference, take some time to explore historic Old Town. Old Town sits at the intersection of Albuquerque’s Pueblo, Spanish, and Western roots. This unique blending of cultures shows in the quiet hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens, and balconies abundant in this section of Albuquerque. You and your colleagues can also enjoy eating like New Mexicans! The same cultural blending occurs in everything from delightful chile dishes to the All-American hamburger to fine Continental cuisine.
Take a chance after dinner to explore some of the shops and attractions of Old Town. You’ll be able to enjoy the stunning images captured by members of the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery, founded as a co-op of professional photographers. After you’ve taken in the breathtaking views of the Southwest, stop by Wild Hare Studio to examine a quirky gallery that captures the Southwest spirit.
After the second day of the conference, have some fun by exploring Albuquerque in a new way – walk on over to the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory and take a walking tour. The Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk will guide you through the historic (and haunted) side of Albuquerque. If, on the other hand, you aren’t feeling creepy, the Albu-Quirky Downtown Weird Walk provides a bit of history, a bit of mystery and a lot of eccentricity. You’ll find out why Albuquerque was recently ranked the fifth quirkiest city in the USA.
Post tour, enjoy the best of Albuquerque at the NBAA off-site event! It is being held at The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, a part of the Smithsonian Institution and the only congressionally chartered museum in its field. You’ll get to take a fascinating look at the past, present and future of nuclear science. And how, just like aviation, it is an integral part of the American story, defining our past, present, and future.
With the conference wrapping up and the afternoon free, appreciate the breathtaking nature of the Southwest. You can golf on the historic Santa Fe trail, nestled along the Rio Grande Valley from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, and take in some sweeping views as you challenge your game. Or you can head to ABQ BioPark, a unique environmental museum which comprises four facilities; Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach and see the best outdoor recreation New Mexico has to offer.
But, there are two opportunities in New Mexico that no aviation enthusiast should miss. Sundance Aviation provides soaring instruction, rides, and glider rentals in Estancia Valley. Pilots from around the world come to ride Moriarty’s thermals and experience silent flight. Albuquerque is also the hot air ballooning capital of the world! Float over the Rio Grande River Valley in a once in a lifetime experience that lets you experience flight in a whole new way.
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