Albuquerque: more than just a stopover
many people, Albuquerque is a rest stop on the way to Santa Fe or
a city on a map of old Route 66. But for those who linger long
enough to experience the character and history of the city are
surprised to find that it has an appeal all its own,
including its blend of cultures and its proximity to natural
Here are some places to see in the area.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is run by an association of New Mexico's
nineteen pueblos. This historical museum traces the development of
Pueblo cultures from prehistory to the present. Exhibits encourage
comparison of cultures through the examination of languages, customs
and crafts. There is also an art gallery, a childrens museum, a gift
shop selling authentic hand crafted goods and a restaurant serving
Pueblo fare. The Center is just north of Old Town.
Theater downtown was built in 1927 as a cinema. Carefully restored and
converted to a performing arts centre in the late 1990s, this theatre
is a fantastic example of Pueblo Deco architecture, right on Route 66.
The desert motifs are plentiful, and include log like ceiling beams
that are painted with dance and hunt scenes and the light fittings are
steer skulls with glowing-eyes.
National Atomic Museum includes
a range of atomic weaponry on display. This includes replicas of
the Little Boy and Fat Man, the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, as well as a B 52 and B 29 aircraft, an F 105 jet, and
numerous rockets and missiles.
So stay several days in Albuquerque and experience the city and its ambiance. You may find that you want to return again.