Thursday, August 2, 2012

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque New Mexico
The Albuquerque skyline at sunset.
Photo: Gary Rasmussen

postmarked in Feb. 2007 with 24 cent Common Buckeye stamp
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Hot Air Ballooning in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Photo by Smith-Southwestern

postmarked in 1996 with 20 cent Blue Jay stamp

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Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, United States.

It contains a variety of museums, galleries, shops and other points of interest. Some of these include the Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Museum of Natural History and Science, and Old Town Albuquerque. The majority of locally owned boutiques and fine dining establishments are scattered throughout Downtown, Old Town, and Uptown. Old Town features ghost tours performed by the Southwest Ghosthunters Association.

The Sandia and Manzano Mountains to the east offer trails, open spaces, and rock climbing. Climbs from one to ten pitches can be found at all ability levels. The Sandia Peak Tramway, located adjacent to Albuquerque is the world's second-longest passenger aerial tramway.  It stretches from the Northeast edge of the city to the crestline of the Sandia Mountains. Elevation at the top of the tramway is roughly 10,300 ft (3,100 m). above sea level.

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