A-a-a-albuquerque! This week on Hack Your City we asked for your tips for visiting or living in the desert city with the fun name. All the best answers are under the Staff tab in the original comment thread. Below are our personal favorites.
- “Anywhere you go to eat, be prepared for them to ask you if you want red or green. They’re asking you what kind of chili sauce you want. If you want both, tell them you want Christmas.”—Brad
- “Seeing an authentic Pueblo Indian Kachina dance is an incredible experience. They are frequent, at least in the summer. The way to find them is to stop in at one of the small grocery stores or trading posts along Rt. 66 and ask if there is a dance somewhere. Stay a respectful distance from the dancers, and ask questions of other bystanders, not the dancers. The dances are serious stuff, the costumes are wonderful. They probably still don’t allow photographing or sketching.”—Silenus
- “Take a day trip, drive up to Santa Fe, and visit Meow Wolf.”—jwiemer
- “The little-known or appreciated Telephone Museum of New Mexico is dedicated to preserving much of the history of the U.S. telephone system as developed and maintained by AT&T prior to the dissolution of its government-sanctioned monopoly in 1982. The museum is staffed by many pre-breakup AT&T employees and contains an an amazing display of telephone infrastructural equipment such as switchboards, PBX’s, lineman equipment, payphones, etc.”—Nebraxican
- “Stop by El Modelo for Huevos Rancheros. It’s essentially a tortilla factory that has a breakfast/lunch counter up front, and a few picnic tables out in the parking lot. But be advised, you might not want to order 1 per person. Last time I did that, I swear I went to pick up the bag, and it was [practically] 16 pounds of food. For two.”—nigel_m
- “If you’re the first in line at a red light, count to three and look both ways before you pull out on the green. Trying to beat red lights is a popular sport here. Someone who loses can take you with them.”—Old Bitsmasher
- “Need to give a special shout-out to Bow & Arrow Brewery, a Native-owned brewery that has been getting some much-deserved national press for unique recipes involving local, desert ingredients. It’s not in the Brewery District, and is worth a special trip.”—Charge of the Light Charade
- “If awe-inspiring colors and lights inspire you, visit during the Christmas season, to hit the River of Lights, a spectacular show of millions upon millions of colored lights in many shapes and sizes at the Biopark Botanic Gardens.”—Bruce Fingerhut
- “The Hotel Parq Central is pretty damn awesome. It’s an old children’s hospital/psych ward that was converted to the current hotel.”—Blind Willy
- “If you’re doing Balloon Fiesta, Tuesday mornings are the best. It’s not as crowded because the schedule is usually only in the morning that day & there isn’t any theme like Special Shapes.”—wasabipeez
- “ABQ is higher in altitude than Denver by about a hundred feet. HYDRATE. Summer, winter, doesn’t matter. DRINK. WATER. Unless you’re coming from a life living in CO Springs or the Swiss Alps, expect to be tired your first day. The oxygen deprivation combined with the shockingly low humidity (remember, desert) will have you wiped. Take your time and don’t overexert yourself.”—WangChung81
That’s it for this week! Leave your own tips below, see more tips in the original comment thread, and come back next week when Hack Your City gets Nordic.
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Staff Writer, Lifehacker | Nick has written for Gawker, the Awl, the Toast, the Daily Dot, Urlesque, and the web series "Jaywalk Cop." He currently runs the horror-comedy podcast "Roommate From Hell."