Weekend Getaways

Albuquerque Hot-Air Ballooning

1 Rainbow Ryders

Take an early-morning hot-air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders, whose tours traverse the Rio Grande and then soar high above the city and cloud-scraping Sandia Mountains.

2 Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

The building adjoins the grounds of the famed Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

3 High Finance

For a lofty post-balloon-ride meal, dine at the High Finance Restaurant and Tavern, which serves southwestern-spiced seafood and chops high atop Sandia Peak (reachable via the 2.7-mile-long Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway).

4 Sandia Resort & Casino

Midway between the balloon museum and tramway, the swanky Sandia Resort & Casino has handsomely appointed rooms with deep soaking tubs and panoramic views of the mountains and Rio Grande Valley.

5 Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

The tram ascends a 10,350-foot Sandia Mountain peak for breathtaking views over the city.

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