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6 Reasons Albuquerque Is A Great Place To Visit During Spring Break

When you think of Spring Break, you probably think palm trees, beaches, and sunshine. But why not try something new this Spring Break? This year, why not try an off-the-beaten-path, hipster, Spring Break with a desert twist. Albuquerque, NM is a great place to visit for this short holiday, and here’s why:

1. The Weather

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We might not have any beach front properties or palm trees, but we do have plenty of sunshine. New Mexico is known for its sunshine, boasting “360 days of sunshine” on many tourism websites. This week, we are expecting high temperatures around 70 degrees. Come get your much needed dose of vitamin D in Albuquerque this Spring Break.

2. Hiking in and around Albuquerque

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Albuquerque’s desert landscape is beautiful, and going on a hike is a great way to appreciate the variety of flora and fauna found in the high desert. Some recommended and highly popular trails include the La Luz, a strenuous 8-9 mile hike that takes you to the Sandia Crest, or the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, which offers views of volcanic cone-shaped rock formations and is located about an hour outside Albuquerque. Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks if you plan on going on a hike on either of these trails, and always apply sunscreen.

3. Natural mineral hot springs

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If you’re willing to do a little exploring, and probably some hiking, you’re bound to find some natural mineral hot springs in the Jemez valley, located about an hour outside Albuquerque. Soda Dam, the McCauly Warm Springs, and the Spence Hot Springs are some of the more popular springs in the valley. Directions are listed on the Jemez Springs website. Swimsuits are required at these natural mineral hot springs.

4. Local day spas

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If you’re looking for a more relaxing Spring Break experience, a local day spa might be the ticket to enjoying your stay in Albuquerque. Check out Broadway Skin & Body Retreat or Betty’s Bath & Day Spa for full massage and facial packages. Revival Beauty in Nob Hill offers facials, waxing, and handcrafted beauty products.

5. It's cheap

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One thing I love about living in Albuquerque is that it’s not expensive to live here, which means it’s also not expensive to visit. I currently live in a studio apartment in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, close to bars, restaurants, music venues, and a movie theater, and I manage to pay the bills on a struggling artist/server salary. Who can say that about living in a city like Chicago or San Francisco? If you’re looking for cheap places to stay in Albuquerque, I recommend Air BnB, Couchsurfing, or checking the sublets/temporary section on Craigslist. You can usually find something that is reasonably priced while also being centrally located.

6. Local microbreweries

It feels like a new microbrewery pops up every week in Albuquerque. I’m not complaining though. I love drinking a cold beer after a long bike ride in the Bosque, mostly because lots of the breweries in Albuquerque have a great Spring atmosphere—patios, live music, and food trucks. Check out abqbeer.com for all your Albuquerque beer updates.