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Albuquerque

Adventure

ABQ Trolley Co.

After your adventure by air, join us on the ground for a fully-narrated, multimedia, guided tour experience with ABQ Trolley Co.

Use code TrolleyRyde to save 25% off tickets for the Best of ABQ City Tour.

Buy online at TourABQ.com

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Sandia Peak Tramway

Rising from the hustle and bustle of Albuquerque, you ascend one of America’s most stunning urban peaks. Reaching the 10,378-foot crest of the Sandia Mountains, an 11,000 square mile panoramic view awaits you.

It’s an elevation of the body, mind, and soul in a mere 15 minutes.

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Destination Southwest

Welcome to the largest and most experienced full-service destination management company, receptive tour operator, and outbound tour operator in New Mexico, offering a one-stop array of services.

Destination Southwest is known for its unyielding commitment to the highest levels of professional excellence and is the only local company to offer a multi-day Balloon Fiesta tour package.

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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.

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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, archives, an education department, and cultural programming and events – each celebrating the Pueblo culture of New Mexico.

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Where to Stay

Hyatt Tamaya

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.

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Los Poblanos

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.

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Hotel Albuquerque

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.

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Downtown Historic Bed and Breakfast

The beautiful, meticulously restored, historic bed and breakfast will take you back in time. The ten guest rooms in each of the three main houses and two private guest cottages are unique in design and appearance. Each room on the property has been flawlessly restored to maintain the beauty of the vintage architecture while providing all the conveniences of modern accommodations.

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Phoenix/Scottsdale

Adventure

Desert Wolf Tours

Voted Arizona’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.

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Camelback Mountain

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.

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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 garden’s year-round art installations and seasonal events like Las Noches de Las Luminarias, a Phoenix holiday tradition.

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Old Town Scottsdale

1800’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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Scottsdale Road

Meet the Desert lifestyle brand, enhancing Scottsdale residents, visitors, and small businesses alike – one day at a time. Their goal is to distribute 1 million of their famous Scottsdale-Road stickers while helping accelerate local, small businesses and raise money for local charities.

Subscribe to their free Scottsdale-Road newsletter to receive fun desert news, exclusive offers, and one-of-a-kind items you’ll only find at Scottsdale-Road.

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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.

This year, M Culinary Concepts is helping people celebrate the holiday with Thanksgiving2Go. They also are helping members of the community in need of some human kindness and nourishment by partnering with UMOM New Day Centers to provide Thanksgiving dinner for their residents and clients.

For every dinner-for-6 package purchased, M Culinary will DONATE a matching dinner-for-6 package to UMOM New Day Centers.

Order here and use promo code BALLOON for 10% off your order!

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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 Scottsdale’s vibrant Native American art, history and Old West lore.

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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.

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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!

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Castle Hot Springs

For a luxurious, inclusive experience, look no further than 2020 Condé 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.

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Colorado Springs

Adventure

Pikes Peak

Known as America’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.

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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.

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Royal Gorge

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!

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Where to Stay

Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center

Set on seven acres of land just a few miles outside of downtown Colorado Springs, the Hotel Eleganté is an elegant, full-service hotel also offering spa services, pet-friendly rooms and suites perfect for extended stays. This is also the hub for Rainbow Ryders flight operations, making it an easy commute for check in!

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Locations

Albuquerque

Daily Flights Year Round

Phoenix

Daily Flights Year Round

Colorado Springs

Daily Flights June - September

Festivals

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

Albuquerque, NM

Labor Day Lift-Off Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

Scottsdale, AZ Skyfest and Balloon Glow

Scottsdale, AZ