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Old 02-13-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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Hi,

I will be in Albuquerque soon and would like to get a good view of the city from above. Are there any buildings that let you up top to check out the city?


Also, I heard that the Sandia (sp?) mountains are close to town and offer a good view. I won't have a car, so would it be feasible to get up these mountains on a day trip? How long would they take to hike?



Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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the only place I know of that you can get a view of the city is from a downtown parking garage but you cant fit the whole city in your view though from that location.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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I would check out riding the Sandia Tram. You would need a way to get there though. Its at the top of Tramway Blvd in the northeast corner of the city.

Other than that, I guess somewhere downtown might have a tall building with an observation deck but I don't know????? Sorry.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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The best is the tram. http://www.sandiapeak.com/index.php?page=tramway (broken link)
The Lounge on top of Sandia Casino is also pretty good. Sandia Resort & Casino. Hotel & Entertainment - Albuquerque, NM

Hope that helped
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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I think the west side has the best views of the city, especially at night. I haven't come into town from the west at dark in a long time. Coming down Rio Bravo from Paseo del Volcan is one of my favorites, but that would be hard to see without a car.
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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1208, without a car you would be handicapped from seeing some of the best uptop views in the city. I don't know know what local tour operators there here that may offer rides up the tram or access by road to the top from Route 14. Both of these are within very easy reach, though. Maybe even a taxi to the tram, then back to your hotel.

Don't know where you are staying, but I understand the Hyatt Regency in downtown has a pool and hot tubs on the top. Don't know about bars or restaurants there for viewing.

One of my favorite uptop views of the Sandias is from the Sandia Resort and Casino as Abqsunport has noted. At the top there is an upscale restaurant and a great terraced bar with amazing views of the Sandias.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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I think the west side has the best views of the city, especially at night. I haven't come into town from the west at dark in a long time. Coming down Rio Bravo from Paseo del Volcan is one of my favorites, but that would be hard to see without a car.
can you explain your rio bravo thing? never been; looked on google maps street view and it's in the middle of nowhere, so how is it a good view of the city?
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:31 PM
 
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can you explain your rio bravo thing? never been; looked on google maps street view and it's in the middle of nowhere, so how is it a good view of the city?

when you are driving east on Rio Bravo but I think that Rio Bravo turns into Dennis Chavez Road so that might be the road you need to look at, looking west there is nothing but looking east overlooks the whole city, you might no be able to tell on google all that well though.
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Old 02-15-2009, 04:59 AM
 
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From Paseo del Volcan and Central, go South (the roads may change names). You'll come to a stop sign and then go east (probably the only way you can go). About halfway down the hill you'll get a great view of the entire city and it'll turn into Rio Bravo.
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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sounds good, i'll have to try it out
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