Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Albuquerque? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Albuquerque?”
Albuquerque doesn’t beg for your attention, but it deserves it. It’s not a showy “look at me” city and it’s not self-promoting or pretentious. Its personality taps into the city’s significant Native American and Mexican influences, which you can find injected into the local cuisine, architecture and carved into its stones. While other parts of New Mexico have captured minds through UFO lore and abandoned spaceports, Albuquerque has quietly cultivated a bevy of talents — street art, culturally inspired food, hotair ballooning, even rattlesnake knowledge. If you want to take a deep dive, here are the best and coolest things to do in Albuquerque right now.