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Old 07-16-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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I will be arriving in Albuquerque on Tuesday afternoon to interview for a job. I will be staying tuesday night and wednesday night, departingo n thursday morning.

I am curious if there was anything that anyone would recommend that I do and/or see during my two evenings to get a feel for the city?

I am currently in Virginia and wanting OUT. Having been raised in SoCal, virginia is just too outside of my experience to enjoy. I am interested in ABQ and will likley move if the job offer pays well enough.

Suggestions?
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I will be arriving in Albuquerque on Tuesday afternoon to interview for a job. I will be staying tuesday night and wednesday night, departingo n thursday morning.

I am curious if there was anything that anyone would recommend that I do and/or see during my two evenings to get a feel for the city?

I am currently in Virginia and wanting OUT. Having been raised in SoCal, virginia is just too outside of my experience to enjoy. I am interested in ABQ and will likley move if the job offer pays well enough.

Suggestions?
Where will you be staying and we could recommend some things nearby?
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Metro Milwaukee, WI
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I would think any newcomer visiting ABQ would really be well off to visit the Sandia Peak Tramway - Sandia Peak Tramway

The Tram is the world’s longest aerial tramway, taking one for about 3 miles (about a 15 minute ride) from the foothills of the gorgeous Sandia Mountains over canyons, etc., to the top of the mountain (10,500 feet peak). You can catch a vintage - incredible - sunset over the western desert skies of ABQ, and if you go during the day, you can see something like 11,000 square miles around.

At the peak, there is a semi-casual restaurant (don't let the name "High Finance" fool you...people hop in with shorts / jeans all the time) where you can grab a drink, beer, or appetizer and soak in the sights; furthermore, you can hike like crazy or just take in sights for as long as you'd like on top of the mountain.

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Although this skews towards the retail / shopping side of things, I think - unless you just despise shopping - most newcomers to ABQ should readily check out Old Town.

Old Town is literally upheld (again, now dominated as a local retail / restaurant presence) as the most aged / historic part of ABQ (dating back centuries). It is Albuquerque's "plaza" experience akin to Santa Fe's more famous "plaza".

You can see the neat architecture, see some gorgeous aged buildings, do some shopping and eating with a local flair.

Old Town Albuquerque

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Do you (hopefully) like Mexican or New Mexican cuisine? If so, I would imagine that you'd have to stop in for at least a few New Mexican lunches/dinners.

Everyone and their mother has their favorites, however, I would suggest - for a uniquely ABQ experience - you stop in to these ultra-casual spots:

>Barelas Coffee House (recommend the chicharrone burrito)

Gil's Thrilling Web Site

and...

>The Frontier Restaurant (recommend a breakfast burrito; add tons of hot chile from one of the vats in the main dining room!):

Frontier Restaurant

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If you are looking for some exercise...good, unique places to run/hike/bike - which also give a newcomer a real neat perspective of ABQ - other than of course the before-mentioned Sandia Mountains, would either be:

1. The "bosque" trail along the Rio Grande

(NOTE: "Bosque" just means the ultra-wooded / "green" area that snakes alongside of the Rio Grande river which runs right through the heart of ABQ)

Bosque Bikepath

2. The Petroglyphs on ABQ's West Side

(NOTE: This is a historically significant quite hilly / rocky area perfect for serene hiking / running, that has some 20,000 preserved ancient carved images still visible)

Petroglyph National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

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Are you a college basketball fan? If so, don't forget that the legendary Pit is located in ABQ. Obviously it isn't hoops season right now, but I know for any out of town guest I had in ABQ that was a sports buff, they wanted to get a photo by the Pit; also, there is a fan shop there.



Just a few ideas off-hand. There are literally hundreds of things to do in ABQ, just a tremendous town. If you give more ideas on the types of things you might be more akin to, interested in, etc., I or others could provide further thoughts / suggestions, but I think some of the items on this list are almost "musts" for newcomers into ABQ!
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:36 AM
 
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A person visiting Albuquerque for the first time should always take the
Tramway up to the top of Sandia Mountain above all else.

It's not the best thing you can do, but it's the first thing you should do.
Sandia Peak Tramway

There is a restaurant up there. If it's 95 degrees in town, it will be 75
or less up there and it will be in the 50's after the sun goes down.

There's a forest of tall pines up there that will be very inviting for taking
a stroll. ONLY go North toward the Crest ( where people drive up ).

The second night if you have time, go to Santa Fe and visit the square.
Santa Fe Town Square

It's not the best thing you can do, but it's the second thing you should do.
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Print out EEP's post above and do some of that stuff later.
He could probably do it all in one go, but he's really really REALLY hyper.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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Print out EEP's post above and do some of that stuff later.
He could probably do it all in one go, but he's really really REALLY hyper.
Feel badly for my wife and kids; when we are out in October, sleeping will be a privilege, not a right.
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Sandia Tram for sure, Old town is fun and there are a couple of cool casinos which you may want to explore. Do not expect ABQ to be like SO Ca in many ways. It is it's own place and has a totally different personality, this isn't bad or good, just different.

Nita
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:54 PM
 
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I do think I will try out the tram. I have ridden the Palm Springs tram in California multiple times since my childhood and am looking forward to trying another one. Plus I love the thought of that quick change in climate and environment. I think I would also get a kick out of seeing old town and some of the shopping / entertainment areas.

From what I have read, Nob Hill may have some interest for me as well.

Do not worry, I do not expect it to be Southern California. I did leave there and am not planning on returning anytime soon.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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You should take a drive down to Nob Hill. Eat lunch at our famous Flying Star Cafe, then checkout the local shopping around there.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:13 AM
 
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I do think I will try out the tram. I have ridden the Palm Springs tram in California multiple times since my childhood and am looking forward to trying another one. Plus I love the thought of that quick change in climate and environment. I think I would also get a kick out of seeing old town and some of the shopping / entertainment areas.

From what I have read, Nob Hill may have some interest for me as well.

Do not worry, I do not expect it to be Southern California. I did leave there and am not planning on returning anytime soon.
Have a great interview and enjoy your time in ABQ. It is a city on the rise with a lot to offer.

Nita
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: The Ohio State University Columbus, OH
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yeah i would say nob hill/central and drive through the moutains if it ever gets below 98 degrees lately ... stop by the sandia casino to check it out... Also, easy on the exercise, rushing up stairs etc, unless you are immune to altitude changes, it took me nearly 2 months to acclimatize and be able to push myself working out again...

good luck on the interview! i did the same a few months ago and got the job... they have jobs out here!
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