Albuquerque History Historic Old Town

Discover Albuquerque: The Duke City

Dynamic intersections between ancient civilizations and a vibrant future

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city (pop. 720,000), is one of the most culturally diverse and historic cities in North America. Located on the historic crossroads of the Camino Real, the "King's Road" historic trade route that stretches from South America to northern New Mexico, Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as a Spanish settlement on the banks of the Rio Grande, and named for the Duke of Alburquerque. Many of the original Camino Real buildings and landmarks still stand throughout the area.

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town is walking distance from Old Town’s historic plaza: a charming, living reminder of the city’s regal Spanish heritage and a mecca for those seeking authentic Native American arts, crafts and jewelry. Just a few miles away is cosmopolitan downtown, with its modern architecture, bustling nightlife and bistro eateries. Continue up Central Avenue (old Route 66) toward the University of New Mexico (catch a concert or a Flamenco performance) to the funky boutiques of Nob Hill, the antique shops and hip, yet historic vibe of east Nob Hill.
Sightseeing on ABQ Trolley Co. Tours depart from the hotel

Explore Albuquerque: 


Head west from Hotel Albuquerque to the Nature Conservation of the Rio Grande Bosque (or woods), the Albuquerque Bio Park’s award winning zoological gardens, botanical gardens and Tingley Beach.

While at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, you are within walking distance of seven museums and hundreds of shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cultural attractions.

To fully enjoy the city, plan your vacation around any or all of Albuquerque’s unique events, such as Balloon Fiesta, world music extravaganza Globaquerque at the stunning National Hispanic Cultural Center, or the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow (one of the nation’s largest Native American gatherings). These are but three of a year-round calendar of things to do and see.
Other Albuquerque vacation ideas range from exploring vibrant history and cultural adventures that include nearby pueblos and museums to dining on unique New Mexican cuisine in historic surroundings. An Albuquerque family vacation is rich in art, culture, foods and traditions. It’s an outdoor-lovers paradise from the Bosque forests banking the Rio Grande, extinct volcanoes or the Sandia mountains — from its foothills to its peak. We boast of our miles of public parks and open space for hiking, biking and enjoying the city’s 310 days of sunshine and mild temperatures.