At Sandia, however, the excellent skiing is over shadowed by the Sandia Peak Tramway. The tramway starts in Albuquerque and takes you right to Sandia Peak which is over 10,000 feet above sea level.
In fact, at 2.7 miles the Tramway is the longest one in the world and when you arrive at the top of Sandia Peak you will be able to see more that 100 miles away. You’ll agree that the Tramway ride super vacation idea
The Taos Pueblo tribe is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos and the Taos community is known for being one of the most secretive and conservative pueblos.
The Taos Pueblos were known for their multi-storied homes which were constructed of adobe which is a mixture of clay, sand and water plus some fibrous grasses.
Adobe is very durable which explains the fine condition of these old structures. These buildings are so unique that the site was designated to be a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
You could pick up a lot of new information at this Center. Children can enjoy interactive exhibits in the Pueblo House Children’s Museum and the whole family will enjoy the Native American food at the Pueblo Harvest Café. There are demonstrations of pottery making, Native American dances and more. Don’t forget the interesting gift shop.
Our last vacation there included 3 generations of our family. The art galleries of Taos were fabulous diversions for Mom and Grandma, while Dad and the boys toured the "Kit Carson" house.
The entire family loved the trip out to the Pueblo, to see the local Native Americans. The kids just had a real kick in the Alien museum in Roswell, and with the Art museum and the Rocket Museum just next door, everyone was happy for the afternoon. See the jail "Billy the kid" made his escape from in Lincoln, and nearby is the birth place of "Smokie the Bear".
Carlsbad Caverns cannot be missed by anyone looking for a true family vacation experience. The campground there has an indoor swimming pool. Swim in the morning, see the caverns in the afternoon, watch the bats take flight at sunset, then head back to the campgrounds for Grilled hotdogs and smores over the campfire. All that history, nature, culture, and kitsch in the space of a week, at stay at home prices, just cannot be better.
I happened to stay in the La Quinta. During the very early morning hours I would go to the balloon field and watch around 750 hot air balloons launch. The sky was filled with so many colors and designs; I've never seen anything like it.
This takes a few hours to experience. In the evening you can go back to the field and they will have special events where they light up the balloons and you can walk around and look at them and meet their owners. The nice thing about Balloon Fiesta is it is great for all ages and is free, although you may need to pay for parking.
For food you can walk around grab from a lot of different vendors, which include carnival type food as well as some local vendors. You can pay to take rides during the Fiesta in a hot air balloon. I decided to pay for a hot air balloon ride the week after the Balloon Fiesta was over because then you have more of the sky to yourself and the prices are a little cheaper.
There are a lot of balloon companies in Albuquerque to choose from. If you want great Mexican food while in Albuquerque you can't miss eating at El Pinto. You can eat inside our outside amongst beautiful patios and gardens.
Other items of interest you don't want to miss while in Albuquerque is taking the Sandia Tramway up the mountain and eating a nice meal at High Finance restaurant while overlooking Albuquerque.
I took an afternoon and walked around Old Town which has many fun stores and a Rattlesnake Museum. Finally, if you have extra days I took a road trip through the Turquoise Trail which leads you to Santa Fe via some quaint little towns.