Albuquerque Named to Top Lists for 2013 Travel by Fodor's Travel, Zagat

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The experts at Fodor's Travel selected Albuquerque as one of the Top 25 Places to Go in 2013. "Breaking Bad," regional cuisine, rich culture and affordability help the Southwestern city rise to the top of recent travel lists.

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The scenic Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ©Howard Holley Photography

“If you haven’t experienced the great Southwest, now is the time and Albuquerque the place to start.”

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The experts at Fodor’s Travel announced Monday that Albuquerque has been named among the Top 25 Places to Go in 2013. Fodor’s editors have chosen Albuquerque as a hot travel destination because of its excellent value for visitors, calling the city an affordable getaway for nature lovers and families. Albuquerque’s visibility on the AMC show “Breaking Bad” has also helped elevate the destination’s profile for travelers.

"The places on our Go List are our ‘must-dos’ for the coming year. Travelers should add these far flung and domestic destinations to their 2013 itinerary," said Arabella Bowen, Executive Editorial Director at Fodor's Travel. The cities were selected by Fodor’s senior editorial team who began with an initial list of 75 global travel spots, narrowing them down to the final 25 locales on the Go List after heated internal debate.

The story highlights a slower pace of life and calls out the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the ABQ BioPark and Gruet Winery as highlights. Two local lodging boutique properties were called out by the editor – Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and the Hotel Andaluz - and appropriate for this time of year, Fodor’s mentions the Luminaria Tour at the holidays as a special time to visit Albuquerque. The complete story is available here: http://www.fodors.com/go-list/2013/.

In addition, Albuquerque has been highlighted as one of 20 Awesome Winter Foodie Destinations by Zagat.com again focusing on Los Poblanos. The story says “If you haven’t experienced the great Southwest, now is the time and Albuquerque the place to start.”

Just west of Albuquerque, the Acoma Pueblo was also named one of “12 most extreme places in America worth visiting” by BudgetTravel.com and showcased on FoxNews.com. The list is a compilation of longest, coldest, hottest, biggest and oldest. That’s where Acoma “Sky City” Pueblo comes in; it is said to be one of the oldest sites in North America.

For more Albuquerque rankings, visit http://www.ItsATrip.org/albuquerque/whats-new/top-ranking.aspx.

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The mission of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau is to stimulate economic growth by marketing Albuquerque as a visitor and convention destination. For more information, please call 505-842-9918, visit our website at http://www.ItsATrip.org

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