Bucket List in a Day
Sandia Peak Tramway
Rising from the hustle and bustle of Albuquerque, you ascend one of Americaâ€™s most stunning urban peaks. Reaching the 10,378-foot crest of the Sandia Mountains, an 11,000 square mile panoramic view awaits you.
Itâ€™s an elevation of the body, mind, and soul in a mere 15 minutes.
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Anderson Abruzzo Intl. Balloon Museum
A museum dedicated to the worldwide history, science, and art of all types of ballooning and lighter-than-air flight. It is situated just outside the grounds used for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest yearly balloon fiesta, and is named for Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson, two Albuquerque natives who established several ballooning firsts, such as crossing oceans and continents.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Founded in 1976, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico. It is located in the heart of Albuquerque amidst nearly 80 acres of land owned by the 19 Pueblos and is comprised of museum and gallery space, a collection of murals and other Native arts and artifacts, a library, an acclaimed restaurant, a gift shop and cultural programming and events â€“ each celebrating the Pueblo culture of New Mexico. Visitors can learn fascinating history, shop for Native jewelry and art, watch a cultural dance, hear Native languages and experience the flavors of traditional and contemporary Native cuisine.
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High Country Air Service
See the beauty of New Mexico from a whole new perspective! High Country Air Service offers sunrise and sunset tours of the Sandias from the convenience of the Albuquerque Sunport. Let us show you the majesty of Alpenglow on one of our perfectly timed flightseeing tours. Custom tours also available
Where to Stay
Experience a completely unique and authentic journey into the ancient lands of the Tamayame people at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. Nestled on 550 acres of the Native American Santa Ana Pueblo between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande River, Tamaya is steeped in over one thousand years of rich history and culture.
Set among 25 acres of lavender fields, enormous cottonwood trees and lush formal gardens, Los Poblanos is one of the most magnificent historic properties in the Southwest.
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town delights travelers with a distinctive blend of historic grandeur and contemporary comfort. Their landmark Albuquerque luxury hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town, offering accommodations and amenities including our on-site restaurant and bars, an outdoor resort swimming pool, a romantic wedding chapel, and more than 62,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
A year-round getaway steeped in one-of-a-kind adventure, culture, culinary and wellness experiences, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is a luxury, boutique retreat set amidst 57 unspoiled acres, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, just outside Santa Fe. The resortâ€™s distinct sense of place is brought to life through its host of highly-curated experiences; myriad of private-guided outdoor adventures & exclusive cultural excursions that inspire and immerse guests in an unexpected side of Santa Fe. Boasting panoramic views of the high desert & mountain landscape from every vantage point, the Resort features 65 Casita-style guest rooms & suites, spread out across the property, offering plenty of room to enjoy a relaxing, secluded escape.
Bottger Mansion of Old Town
An ideal alternative to larger Old Town Albuquerque hotels, their boutique Albuquerque inn is your home base for an amazing variety of activities. This romantic Albuquerque bed and breakfast in Old Town features easy access to any area destination, comfortable accommodations, and modern amenities.
This historicÂ Albuquerque bed and breakfastÂ in Old Town features seven guest rooms, all with amenities such as private bathrooms, free WiFi, air conditioning, microfiber robes, Roku streaming TV, comfortable linens, and complimentary cookies and beverages. The perfect room is waiting for your special occasion.
Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc
Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. embodies the culture, spirit, and traditions of New Mexico with 10 beautiful properties spread throughout the state.
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- Hotel Albuquerque | Albuquerque, NM
- Hotel Chaco | Albuquerque, NM
- The Clyde Hotel | Albuquerque, NM
- El Monte Sagrado | Taos, NM
- Eldorado Hotel & Spa | Santa Fe, NM
- Inn & Spa at Loretto | Santa Fe, NM
- Hotel St. Francis | Santa Fe, NM
- Lodge at Santa Fe | Santa Fe, NM
- Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe | Santa Fe, NM
- Nativo Lodge | Santa Fe, NM
- Hotel Encanto | Las Cruces, NM
Desert Wolf Tours
Voted Arizonaâ€™s #1 Desert ATV Tours & Adventure. Experience beautiful mountain vistas, ancient Indian ruins, and old stage coach trails on Tom Car and ATV tours. Enjoy sunset scorpion hunts, machine gun adventures, as well as Elite COMBAT simulators. Led by world-class adventure guides who know the Sonoran Desert like the back of their hand.
Camelback is one of the most popular urban hiking spots in Phoenix. The panoramic view from the “hump” of this iconic landmark, named for its resemblance to a kneeling camel, looks out over the city. Hikers gain 1,200 feet in elevation to the summit with the option of two trails, Echo Canyon or Cholla.
Desert Botanical Garden
The winding paths of this 50-acre desert garden showcase a fantastic variety of arid plants, from towering saguaros to delicate blooms. This beautiful landscape is also the backdrop for the gardenâ€™s year-round art installations and seasonal events like Las Noches de Las Luminarias, a Phoenix holiday tradition.
Old Town Scottsdale
1800â€™s western town turned swanky shopping and entertainment venue. Southwestern arts and hip eateries line the streets of Old Town, a popular destination for shopping, art walks and nightlife as well as old saloons!
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M Culinary Concepts
M Culinary started as a single fine dining restaurant has grown into the largest privately held catering and hospitality service provider in the Southwest, serving clients locally, regionally and nationally.
Where to Stay
The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
The Four Seasons is synonymous with luxury and taste. Coupled with the setting of the Sonoran Desert, memories created at The Four Seasons will linger. Experience timeless beauty in adobe casitas with a backyard full of saguaro cacti, dramatic valleys and iconic Pinnacle Peak. All amidst Scottsdaleâ€™s vibrant Native American art, history and Old West lore.
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
The Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has offered a safe-haven for presidents, celebrities and diplomats in iconic luxury since 1929. 39 acres of gardens, swimming pools and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture has made this property a Point of Pride, and a jewel of the Phoenix desert.
Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites by Hilton - Happy Valley
These two properties, located adjacent to each other in north Phoenix, are well-situated to access many attractions (and most importantly, closest to Rainbow Ryders!) and recreation areas in the metropolitan area. Visit Hampton Inn & Suites Happy Valley or Homewood Suites by Hilton North to book!
Castle Hot Springs
For a luxurious, inclusive experience, look no further than 2020 CondÃ© Nost The Hot List winner. Boasting a history of over 120 years, Castle Hot Springs is a historical icon, nestled in a rugged and remote desert location northwest of the Phoenix/Scottsdale metro area. You’ll find farm-to-table meals, golfing, and exclusive hot springs nestled in this resort experience.
Beautiful Updated Condo Located in Old Town Scottsdale - VRBO Feature
This beautiful, updated condo is located in the middle of Old Town Scottsdale minutes away from restaurants, bars, museums, art galleries, Fashion Square Mall, spas, parks, golf courses, 5 grocery stores 5-10 minutes away, canal for bike riding and Spring Training.
Known as Americaâ€™s Mountain, Pikes Peak is an American icon. From Native American tribes to early settlers to modern day travelers, this mountain resonates differently with each individual. Composed of granite and shaped by glaciers over millions of years, Pikes Peak mountain is a stunning backdrop for the modern city of Colorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods
Located just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods Park is a 1,323 acre registered National Natural Landmark of both scenic and recreational opportunities. Imagine dramatic views of 300-foot towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak.
The Royal Gorge is a canyon on the Arkansas River and is often called the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas.” The 10-mile-long canyon is a narrow, steep gorge through the granite of Fremont Peak. Explore its scenic vistas by biking, hiking, zip-lining, river rafting and a railroad!
Where to Stay
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Colorado Springs
The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel near I-25 is five minutes from the Broadmoor World Arena, and it’s under five miles to downtown Colorado Springs and Fort Carson (and right across the street from our hot air balloon flight meeting location!). Garden of the Gods is a 20-minute drive away. Keep up your exercise routine in their free 24-hour fitness center and enjoy the pool and whirlpool. WiFi and parking are free.