A vibrant, multicultural New Mexican city.

By Travel & Leisure
August 24, 2012
Credit: Jay Blackwood / Courtesy of Sandia Peak Tramway

In this under-hyped New Mexico hub, easy living is easy on the wallet. With a mix of historic Native American and Spanish influences, the city’s architecture is striking on its own, but it also houses noteworthy cultural centers, authentic eateries, and craft and jewelry markets. It’s fairly spread out, so you’ll want a car to get around.

Los Poblanos Inn

Two historic buildings, designed by renowned New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem, sit under cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande.

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

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

La Fonda del Bosque

Adjacent to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the homey La Fonda del Bosque serves New Mexican especiales like stuffed sopapillas (fried, honey-sweetened pastries) and beef tostadas.

National Hispanic Cultural Center

The largest Latino cultural center in the country.