Rugged natural beauty, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, a vibrant arts and culture scene, delicious dining, opportunities for adventure, and must-see annual events make up just a few reasons that you should visit Albuquerque, a place where we recently added two destinations to #StaySonesta.

Albuquerque is home to the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, which kicks off on October 2. For nine beautiful October days, Albuquerque welcomes an array of rainbow art floating in the skies, which you can watch while relaxing with a picnic, enjoying the cooler temperatures that autumn brings to the area.

Albuquerque also offers a high desert climate and 310 days of sunshine a year, making it a destination for lovers of the outdoors, whether you’re adventurous or just looking to connect with nature. The area’s Sandia Mountains are perfect for hiking and mountain biking, while numerous golf courses make Albuquerque a golfing destination that you might not have considered.

Winter months bring skiing to New Mexico, and with the abundance of beautiful weather and varying altitudes, you can actually ski and play golf (or Ski & Tee, as Visit Albuquerque likes to call it) in the same day!

Foodies will want to visit Albuquerque for events like the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest, for one of the local food tours such as a Bike and Taco Tour, and to check out all of the incredible, authentic New Mexican food that will delight your senses when you visit.

No matter what your Albuquerque itinerary includes, we invite you to #StaySonesta with us there!

Sonesta ES Suites Albuquerque

This all-suite, pet-friendly hotel features full kitchens in its spacious suites, allowing you to bring home local ingredients to cook up your own feast. The hotel is located near the Sandia Mountains and local landmarks such as Historic Nob Hill, Albuquerque Convention Center, Old Town and the University of New Mexico.

Sonesta Simply Suites Albuquerque

Enjoy the comfort of this recently re:imagined hotel, which places you minutes from Old Town Plaza Albuquerque, ABQ Tours – History & Ghost Tours, ABQ BioPark Zoo, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and Cliffs Amusement Park, making it ideal for a fun and educational family vacation in Albuquerque.

Learn about leaf peeping in Albuquerque.

Where else can you #StaySonesta and enjoy amazing fall foliage? Click here to find out.