Albuquerque, New Mexico combines a unique blend of culture, natural beauty, profound historic attractions, spectacular climate, museums, galleries and shopping to create a distinct and unforgettable visit for every kind of traveler. Discover Albuquerque's allure when you explore Historic Old Town, where the Villa of Albuquerque was founded in 1706.
Watch hundreds of hot air balloons ascending into blue skies during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta the world's largest balloon event. Albuquerque was voted one of the top 25 arts destinations by American Style magazine.
Albuquerque's culture has been developing for more than 300 years. Now it's combination of the very old and the highly contemporary, the frontier town and the cosmopolitan city. New Mexico is home to 19 Indian Pueblos and most are within an hour's drive of Albuquerque. In 2006 Albuquerque celebrates its 300th birthday commemorating three centuries of tradition, culture and progress.
From mountain biking and hiking to playing a rousing game of golf on one of the famed golf courses, or taking a tour of one of Albuquerque's vineyards or going around museums and galleries, there is a range of activities for any visitor of Albuquerque. Here you can expect Nature Centers, Historical and Cultural Centers, Outdoor Activities and Recreation, Sporting Activities, Casinos, Spas, Cooking Schools and much more. Albuquerque has more than 16 museums featuring everything from dinosaurs to fine art and local cultures to rattlesnakes plus everything in between.
The city also has an abundance to offer anyone seeking artistic cultural opportunities or experiences. Besides, Albuquerque is a shopper's paradise with a wide variety of shopping experiences. Shoppers will also discover that Albuquerque is much more affordable than other Southwestern cities.
Every food connoisseur knows that there's nothing like New Mexican cuisine. Albuquerque offers a variety of dining options from the quaint and casual atmosphere to the elegant ambiance of one of the finer restaurants.
Ruidoso, New Mexico is nestled in the Rocky Mountains of southern New Mexico.
Ruidoso weather is mild and great for outdoor activities including camping, hiking and bicycling in the Lincoln National Forest. The Ruidoso Area claims two of New Mexico's finest casinos, New Mexico horse racing at the Ruidoso Downs race track, top rated golf courses, horseback riding, golf, tennis, art galleries, museums and shopping.
Ruidoso is surrounded by lakes and streams stocked with trout. Usually the fish are biting somewhere and visitors have a good chance of making a catch. Popular area Lakes include Bonito Lake and Grindstone Lake. The Inn of the Mountain Gods also offers fishing in their resort lake with a purchased day permit.
Ruidoso has three golf courses and there are others nearby in Cloudcroft and Carrizozo, at some of the highest elevations in the US. Sunny western weather and cool summers make golf enjoyable year round.
There's also opportunities for hiking, backpacking, and camping in terrain that ranges from the easily accessible to remote and rugged wilderness.
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