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Albuquerque and the Perfect Weather for Shopping Outdoors Albuquerque
Albuquerque's climate is considered to be a mild and dry and proudly boasts that they get on average 310 days of sunshine a year! Chances are that you'll get a sunny, perfect day to discover the city and handpick your souvenires. There are many areas of town to shop for authentic Southwestern pottery and art, Native American jewelry and other gifts from Downtown Albuquerque, historic Old Town to the North Valley and South Valley. Albuquerque has the state's biggest outdoor shopping destination, ABQ Uptown, which features upscale specialty shops and restaurants. Enjoy the beautiful weather and shop for local treasures and art in The Duke City.
Albuquerque at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
One of Albuquerque's claims to fame is that it is the ballooning capital of the world. Each October over 700 hot air balloons fly high above the city at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Clear skies, mild temperatures and low winds make Albuquerque an ideal location for such a record-breaking event. This event draws crowds from all over Albuquerque area from Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Santa Fe who come to admire the enchanting hot air balloon festival. Balloon enthusiasts can even explore the newly built Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, the world's premier museum dedicated to the art of ballooning. The Museum Shoppe offers educational toys and collectibles imprinted with balloons and the museum's name and logo. Many guests commemorate this unique experience with a purchase to bring home with them.
Route 66 and Albuquerque
The historic Route 66 snaked through Albuquerque back in the 1920's and today is a tourist destination for those seeking Route 66 memorabilia. The original route through the city has been adjusted, but visitors can tour the current Route 66 along Central Avenue in Downtown Albuquerque and admire the vintage neon signs that line this famous stretch of road. Portions of the old Route 66 between Bernalillo and Los Lunas still boast historical markers denoting its old presence. Route 66 helped pave the growth of Albuquerque and has assisted in making it the city it is today.