Albuquerque This high altitude city in northern New Mexico has long been a popular tourist destination. But since the incredible success of the television series Breaking Bad, the flow of visitors wanting to see the area where the show was filmed has grown dramatically. Bus tours are particularly popular for the visiting public. Once there, you’ll find a wide variety of things to do. There are 14 beautiful courses for the golfer, hot-air balloon rides over the Rio Grande Valley, hiking and mountain biking in the Sandia Mountains and browsing through the colorful shops of Old Town. For the devout fans of the AMC hit Breaking Bad, there is an interactive map on the internet that helps your find your way around town to find some of the favorite public locations featured in the show. The Governor of New Mexico and the Chamber of Commerce both give high praise to the show for attracting visitors from around the world. Other favorite attractions include the Sandia Peak Tramway, the Biological Park and Zoo, Petroglyph National Monument, Unser Racing Museum, Indian Pueblo Culture Center and many colorful Mexican restaurants. The city is home to the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Scandia National Laboratories and Kirkland Air Force Base. Every October, the city hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon festival. The nine day event draws entrants from across the US and Canada and attracts visitors from all parts of the globe. With over 500 colorful hot-air balloons entered, its billed as the largest hot-air balloon gathering in the world. Winter months provide visitors with a large trail network for cross-country skiing and a terrain park for snowboarders and skiers at nearby Sandia Peak Ski Area. The facility has a certified ski school and top-notch rental shop Just a short drive to the north of the city, you'll find some of the best places to ski in the Southwest. Located in he Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Santa Fe, Ski Santa Fe is one of the country's highest ski areas at over 12,000 feet. Seven lifts and 67 runs provide skiers and snowboarders with stunning trails through the high desert mountains. Santa Fe Bus rental services are available for side tours to historic state capitol of Santa Fe and its extensive array of Native American gift shops, art galleries and fine restaurants. Founded in 1610 by Spanish missionaries, the quaint town is centered around a traditional Plaza. The Georgia O’Keefe Museum, the Museum of International Museum Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures are a must-see for visiting art lovers.
Taos Seventy miles north of Santa Fe is the historic old town of Taos. Just a mile outside town, you’ll find Taos de Pueblo. It is the only Native American complex with a living community that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Pueblo Indians have lived in the multistoried adobe structures since they were built in the late 1200s and early 1300s. It looks much the same today as it did in 1540 when Spanish explorers first laid sight on the Pueblo cmplex. For a fee, visitors are allowed to walk through Pueblo de Taos and see how the descendants of the original inhabitants still carry on with their ancient traditions and way of life.’ Artists began to gather in the Taos area in the early 1900s attracted by the mountains and high desert scenery. In the 1950s, abstract artists like Georgia O’Keefe began to set up shop there. Today, Taos is the home to more than 80 galleries and three art museums Los Alamos High in the mountains thirty miles north of Santa Fe lies the small town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. In 1942, during World War II, the Defense Department needed to find a remote and isolated area to locate laboratories for the development of the atom bomb. Using the power of eminent domain, the government took a school and numerous homesteads to build their hidden, super-secret base Each year, about 75,000 people visit the Bradbury Science Museum and learn the history of the Los Alamos National Laboratory its mission to develop the bomb for the national security of the nation.
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