Albuquerque was incorporated into a town in 1885. It was finally recognized as a city six years later. Located in Bernalillo County, this city is home to football player Ronnie Lott, Beavis and Butthead animator Mike Judge, and the entire Unser family of motor sports fame such as Al Jr., Al Sr., and Bobby.
Albuquerque has nice parks such as Cibola National Forest, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and Balloon Fiesta Park.
New Mexico also has a state flower called Yucca. It can be used to make rope, baskets, and sandals.
Albuquerque was at one time a relatively small town, but the city has now undergone changes that have made it into a booming economic hotspot.
It is now the home to many colleges, the largest being the University of New Mexico, with about 24,000 students.
Its downtown, in particular, is filled with bars, restaurants, theaters and artistic galleries that make it an alluring place to visit and a great place to hang out.
Trying to find the University of New Mexico? Try Central Avenue. A hip and trendy clothing shop? Central Avenue. A little diner called Lindy's where the manager will scratch your itchy back and tell you horror stories about the way the police act toward Downtown drunkards on a Saturday night? Well … you get the idea.
In many ways, Albuquerque is still a town that's trying to figure out just what it is.
The people are for the most part very friendly, but crime and poverty are still very prevalent here. Some parts of town are unsafe, and you will know these parts by simply looking around at the nature of the homes and the surrounding environment.
That being said, Albuquerque is filled with hidden treasures.
Their sunsets are breath-taking, streaking the sky with reds, oranges and pinks.
The Sandia mountains are similarly a beautiful sight.
There are many parks scattered about the town, perfect for frisbee or picnics.
And, their arts community is booming.
Hundreds of poets, dancers and artists reside here, and in 2005 Albuquerque played host to the National Poetry Slam, the largest spoken word event that brings together hundreds of creative individuals.
Largely hispanic, New Mexico is a state full of culture and pride, and Albuquerque is no exception.
And if you like spicy food, this town is perfect for you. Known as the "chile capital of the world," you'd be hard pressed to find a restaurant that doesn't make your mouth tingle. Plus, most of the locally-owned restaurants provide authentic food at reasonable prices.