Albuquerque, New Mexico is marketing itself as an ideal vacation destination for travelers seeking an affordable vacation packed with activities.

Albuquerque, New Mexico is marketing itself as an ideal vacation destination for travelers seeking an affordable vacation packed with activities.

Various magazines and websites have recently included Albuquerque on their lists of “best cities” in the United States for various of its attributes. In recent times, the city has been named:


● 6th Best City in America for 2009 in Outside magazine
● One of the Top 10 Best Cities to Live in 2009 in U.S. News & World Report
● 2nd Best City of 2009 in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
● One of the 10 Best Cities for Local Food in The Huffington Post
● 5th Best Big City Art Destination in AmericanStyle magazine
● 5th Fittest City in the United States by Men’s Fitness magazine
● 2nd Most Affordable U.S. Destination by the American Automobile Association in 2008.

Baseball fans take in the view, including the Sandia Mountains in the background, at the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Ballpark. With 310 days of sunshine, blue skies and a mild climate, Albuquerque's weather is good for outdoor activities year-round

Baseball fans take in the view, including the Sandia Mountains in the background, at the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Ballpark. With 310 days of sunshine, blue skies and a mild climate, Albuquerque's weather is good for outdoor activities year-round

The city’s array of activities is especially appropriate for those on a tight budget, according to the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB): Average daily food and lodging rates are just $150 per day. Additionally, from monthly ARTScrawl gallery tours to wine tastings and hikes near your hotel, there is a wide range of free activities throughout the city. For more information, visit www.itsatrip.org/deals-packages/affordable/free/default.aspx.

Albuquerque has mild weather ― it has 310 days of sunshine annually ― as well as an artistic side and a diverse assortment of activities. The city offers jewelry shopping, gallery hopping, hot air ballooning, spectator sports and top-notch golf, as well as many other activities for every type of budget.

The city’s museums are affordable, most charging less than $8 for an adult admission. More theatrical performances take place every weekend in Albuquerque than in any other U.S. city of its size, according to the ACVB; many offer tickets for $10-$15, even on weekends. Deals can be found here.

Visitors to www.affordable.itsatrip.org can enter to win a trip for four (with a $600 total value) by August 31.

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