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The 12 best things to do in Albuquerque

New Mexico’s largest city is known for vast, gorgeous skies, a massive river, a burgeoning film and television business, and amazing restaurants. It’s these categories that inform the best things to do in Albuquerque. Whether you greet the dawn with a ride in a hot air balloon, go for a bike ride along the Rio Grande or take a tour in Walter White’s van, use our guide to check off all the best things to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 10 best restaurants in Albuquerque to try right now

Southwestern food is a unique mash-up of hearty ranchero fare, Mexican food and Native American cuisines with one very important distinction: New Mexicans put Hatch green chili on everything. Whether you're dining in charming Old Town or modern downtown while exploring the top things to do in Albuquerque, be prepared to answer how you want your spice—red, green or Christmas (a mix of the two)—at any of the best restaurants in Albuquerque.