With a mountain backdrop, a charming Old Town, and a trendy food and drink scene, Albuquerque is a great city for dating. While there’s no shortage of activities in this sunny desert town, sometimes couples need help coming up with new ways to spark the passion. From hot air ballooning and hiking to foodie tours and rooftop cocktails, there’s lots of fun to be found in and around Albuquerque.
For the Selfie Addicts
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Couples looking to capture the perfect selfie will want to take a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. The tram takes visitors up a 2.7-mile ascent to 10,378 feet above sea level. The views from the top are spectacular. As night falls, twinkling lights set the scene for a romantic display in the valley down below. The mountain peak is home to Sandiago’s Grill, where you can enjoy appetizers at the bar or opt for a scenic meal for two.
For the Naturalists
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Nature lovers will enjoy spending the day along the Rio Grande River at ABQ BioPark. There are four different attractions: a zoo, an aquarium, a botanic garden, and Tingley Beach. At the beach, there are opportunities to hike, bike, fish, and rent boats. For a romantic date night experience, ABQ BioPark offers special events such as summer concerts, night hikes, culinary dinners, moonlight walks, and twilight tours. Check out the website for the calendar of events.
For the Adventurers
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Albuquerque is the hot air balloon capital of the world. The city’s clear skies and temperate climate make it possible for visitors to enjoy rides on a daily basis. Flights typically last around an hour and end with a celebratory toast.
Every October, the city hosts the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The mass ascension is a miraculous sight to see. This is when 500 hot air balloons lift into the air simultaneously. Imagine flying with your significant other over the breathtaking New Mexican terrain among hundreds of colorful hot air balloons. Numerous local companies can make this dream a reality.
For the Crafters and Winos
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Wine lovers and beer enthusiasts may want to stop at one of the dozens of wineries and breweries around the city. Albuquerque boasts many scenic rooftop bars to enjoy sunset cocktails. Marble Brewery Heights Tap Room and Ibiza are favorites among the locals.
For the Outdoor Lovers
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Albuquerque is a dream for couples who love to explore the outdoors. The Foothills Trail offers miles of marked hiking paths and biking trails. Petroglyph National Monument is a great idea for a day trip. The 7,244-acre monument features nearly 20,000 rock carvings, some of which can be viewed from three easy walking trails. There are also guided tours, including horseback riding and stand-up paddleboarding on the Rio Grande.
For the Foodies
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Albuquerque is the perfect city for couples to create their own personalized foodie tour. The city’s history plays into a diverse combination of flavors with Mexican, Spanish, and Native American influences. Many dishes feature the signature red and green chile. When ordering both types, it’s called Christmas style. Recommended stops include The Owl Cafe on iconic Route 66, Mary & Tito’s Cafe, and Padilla’s Mexican Kitchen. Afterward, head to the historic Old Town to enjoy dessert at one of the local ice cream parlors or confectionaries.
Why not turn date night into a long weekend getaway? Hotel Planner offers many great hotel options in Albuquerque.