Delight your senses at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Meander along one and a half miles of pathways, winding through whimsical gardens; from the Old World Walled Gardens with Spanish-Moorish desert blooms, to the Sasebo Japanese Gardens with a majestic waterfall, elegant koi pond and blend of Japanese and local plants.
Don't get rattled at the American International Rattlesnake Museum, the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world. The animal conservation museum inches to help bust myths, cure phobias and explore the mysteries of the most misunderstood fanged animal on earth.
Hot tamales! The El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerque is a celebrity hang out! The iconic ABQ treasure dishes up grandmother Josephina Chavez-Griggs recipes made to spicy perfection for locals, visitors and celebrities alike. Diamond Rio and Clint Black are just a couple of celebrity clients that have enjoyed a meal at this restaurant.
Wine connoisseurs raise a glass at Gruet Winery. This hidden gem's vintner is Gilbert Gruet, known in Bethon, France as a producer of fine French champagnes. In the late 80s Gruet moved his family to America and found the perfect soil to produce wines in ABQ; the vineyard is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 United States Wine Producer of the Year.
Voted one of the four best cooking schools in the world by Bon Appétit magazine, Jane Butel Cooking School teaches weekend classes to foodies who want to know all about how to cook authentic southwest border cuisine. Jump right in and meet other foodies, and cook a full dinner complete with perfect Margaritas!
Discover prehistoric rock art at the Petroglyph National Monument, which protects a variety of cultural and natural resources most notably volcanoes, archeological sites and over 24, 000 carved rock images. This monument tells the story of the spirits of the people who created the landmark on the 17-mile canyon outside Albuquerque.
Enjoy a breathtaking view on the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, which encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The drive is approximately 50 miles along Highway 14.