• View Albuquerque in a New Light

     
    POSTED March 9, 2017
     

Part of meeting in a new destination is leaving time to experience the city. While shopping for meeting and event space, don’t forget to consider activities that will get your group interacting and talking about favorite Albuquerque adventures following the gathering. 

Dormant Supervolcano & Ancient Petroglyphs
Walk along history at Petroglyph National Monument with more than 20,000 petroglyphs and view wildlife in the 13-mile-wide Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Southwest’s supervolcano. 

Fabulous Flamenco
Albuquerque is considered the  flamenco capital of the United States. The annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque is held each June, and an intimate performance space Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque recently opened at Hotel Albuquerque.

Mountain Vistas Galore
A 15-minute ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway whisks passengers to the 10,378-foot peak of the Sandia Mountains for a panoramic view. More active groups also can hike the La Luz Trail or bike the steep inclines and unique high desert terrain.

Spaceport America
Located  south of Albuquerque near Elephant Butte Lake, explore the Spaceport America Visitor Center and tour the 2-mile-long runway, Astronaut Walk, Gateway Gallery, Spaceport Operations Center and Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space hangar facility.

U.S. Hot Air Ballooning Mecca
There are more resident balloonists in the city of Albuquerque than any other state. The area’s cool mornings and stable winds create 300 flyable days a year. 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.