When the railroad arrived in 1880, Downtown Albuquerque was born. On Central Avenue (old Route 66) you can visit the historic KiMO Theater (Pueblo Deco style built in 1926). The National Hispanic Cultural Center features a 4,000 sq. ft. fresco by New Mexico artist Frederico Vigil. Get immersed in Native American art and history at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Then stir in a broad spectrum of live theater, public art and galleries from traditional to contemporary, and you begin to experience Albuquerque’s multicultural personality.
Neon signs glow and vintage motels still put out the vacancy sign on old Route 66 through Albuquerque (now Central Avenue). Travelers on Route 66 began arriving in 1926 and the mystique continues today. This is a pedestrian-friendly area that invites exploration of its predominantly locally-owned shops, eateries, brew pubs, nightspots and fine art galleries. With its historic buildings, abundant neon and casual style, Nob Hill is not only a place where locals frequent, but a popular spot for visitors as well.
Enjoy the city’s panoramic views from Sandia Crest at 10,678 ft. via the longest aerial tramway in North America or an ambitious hike up the La Luz Trail. Then experience us close-up in fine restaurants, brewpubs, unique shops and a diverse roster of art galleries. In Albuquerque, you set the pace.
Old Town is the heart of Albuquerque’s rich, multicultural heritage. Settled in 1706, it remains a residential community as well as an attraction for visitors. When the original adobe church collapsed after the rainy summer of 1792, they rebuilt and in 1793 Albuquerque’s oldest church, San Felipe de Neri, was completed. Nearby are museums, a zoo, botanical gardens, an aquarium and a cottonwood bosque along the Rio Grande. Enjoy our great climate outdoors and the comfort of fine dining and great art in our oldest neighborhood.
East Mountain District
Begin in the Village of Tijeras (7 miles east of Albuquerque off Interstate 40 on old Route 66). The historic village is rich in culture and history and home to Just Imagine Gallery where you will see reminders of Civil War history in New Mexico. Then head south on Hwy. 337 to Cedro, or north along Highway 14 on the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway to the mountain villages of Cedar Crest and San Antonito, taking in some great art along the way. The new East Mountain District now features a seasonal 1st Saturday ARTScrawl (June-Sept).