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About the Visit Albuquerque Locals' Guide

A locals' guide to the Duke City, built by Dirt Road Travels.


At the heart of New Mexico beats the pulse of a vibrant city. In Albuquerque, diverse cultures, authentic art and dynamic traditions have helped shape our centuries-old story. No matter your interests, the city has countless opportunities for you to explore. Whether you’re here for our foodie scene, world-class museums, the vintage neon glow of Route 66, or to soar high above the city in a hot air balloon — this city is sure to change your perspective.

Here, you can explore the city through the lens of our locals – discover an oasis in the high desert, full of rich history and inspiring ideas. Plan your trip today, and leave Albuquerque viewing your own world in a whole new light.

Dirt Road Travels builds city guides for destination marketing organizations. We partnered with Visit Albuquerque to create a first-person, digital field guide that is one hundred percent built by notable locals.

We're called Dirt Road Travels because we know that sometimes, the best people, places, and experiences lie just a bit off the beaten path. Visit Albuquerque understands this too, so we set out together to build a city guide for travelers, highlighting the authentic spots that locals love.

Dirt Road Travels interviewed dozens of famous local chefs, musicians, artists, brewers, adventurers, and entrepreneurs, all of whom shared what they love most about Albuquerque and New Mexico, and most importantly, their favorite local spots to eat, drink, catch a show, bike, see, do and get outside.

Visit Albuquerque and Dirt Road Travels worked together to highlight select, notable locals and curate the content included in this field guide.

Here you have the output! An Albuquerque, New Mexico city guide that is based on the words and recommendations of notable locals. Together, Visit Albuquerque and DRT built it this way because we've learned that seeing a city through famous locals' eyes is the best way to travel.

If you'd like to learn more about Visit Albuquerque, visit their website here.