Albuquerque, New Mexico

New Mexico's largest city, Albuquerque, was founded in 1706 and named after the Spanish city of the same name. Though the New Mexican city retains much of its Spanish culture, it has been central to key eras of American history. A Civil War battle was fought here in 1862 and the famed Route 66 runs directly through the center of the city.

Explore Albuquerque's early Spanish history with a walk through Old Town. Stop by the beautiful and still-functioning 18th century San Felipe de Neri church. Learn about New Mexico's nineteen Native American Pueblo cultures, view dance demonstrations, and shop for handmade Pueblo art and jewelry at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Ride high above Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains on the Sandia Peak Tramway. Don't miss the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It fills the skies with hundreds of colorful hot air balloons every October.

Sit down to a hearty breakfast of huevos rancheros, coffee, and a buttery house cinnamon roll at the kitschy Frontier Restaurant. Plan to eat outside or in your car when you stop by the take-out only El Modelo Mexican Foods. Their stuffed sopapillas and pork and red chile tamales are legendary among Burquenos.