Discovering Albuquerque

New Mexico’s largest city is over 300 years old, making it one of the most historic, as well as culturally diverse, cities in North America. Located at an historic crossroads of the Camino Real historic trade route that winded its way from South America to northern New Mexico, Albuquerque was founded by the Spanish in 1706 on the banks of the Rio Grande, and named for the Duke of Alburquerque. A handful of the original Camino Real buildings and landmarks still stand today.
Some of the unique things to do in Albuquerque include visiting the International Balloon Fiesta, attending ¡Globaquerque! (a world music extravaganza at the stunning National Hispanic Cultural Center) and attending the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow (one of the country’s greatest Native American gatherings). There are many more events around which to plan your trip to the Duke City.

Explore Albuquerque:

While Albuquerque hot air balloons are perhaps its most well-known feature, there are a variety of additional great things to do in New Mexico. Explore nearby Native American pueblos and a plethora of fascinating museums and dine on unique New Mexican cuisine in quaint, historic surroundings. Albuquerque family friendly activities include exploring the Bosque forests alongside the Rio Grande River, discovering ancient petroglyphs and exploring extinct volcanoes or checking out the Rattlesnake Museum in fascinating Old Town.

Local Treasures Discount Coupon Card

When you stay at our locally-owned Nativo Lodge, you'll receive a 15% discount at over 80 locally owned and operated restaurants, bars, galleries, shops and attractions in New Mexico. When you check in, you will receive a Local Treasures card that is good during the dates of your stay with us. Simply show your room key and Local Treasures card to receive this exclusive 15% discount and support local New Mexico merchants.

See a list of Local Treasures partners.

Free Tour of Old Town

Nativo Lodge guests can take a complimentary walking tour of the historic Old Town Plaza area every Saturday (seasonally) with the professional tour guide company Tours of Old Town. The tour departs from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. For details see our Amenities page.

Support for Native American Artists

Nativo Lodge is honored to support contemporary Native American artists through our partnership with the Southwest Institute for American Indian Arts (SWAIA). In addition to the Indian Market in Santa Fe, SWAIA has a variety of events and programs throughout the year. Some of these are held at the Nativo Lodge, so inquire about what might be happening during your stay. Learn more about SWAIA and this important community partnership.

Check out more activities for your time in Albuquerque and fun day trip ideas at: NewMexicoTravelBlog.com/Albuquerque.