So, there’s a very decent chance you’ve seen parts of Albuquerque, New Mexico already in the form of the TV screen. It served as the setting for the hit cable series Breaking Bad for five seasons. In case you missed that show, Albuquerque is the biggest city in New Mexico and sits in the high desert. SpecialtyCare is hiring perfusionists there, so if you’re already licensed and looking for a change, New Mexico may just be the answer. Let’s take a look at the reasons why this city is appealing.
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The beautiful landscape of Albuquerque is tough to beat. With gorgeous sunsets and stunning lights, the city brushes up against the Sandia mountains. Sandia Crest is the highest point of the mountains east of the city, and the crest gives an amazing panoramic view of over 11,000 square miles. You can also take the city’s aerial tramway to the crest, the longest aerial tramway in North America at 2.7 miles. There’s also the stargaze potential with all that open space on the ground.
Another great way to take in the scenery is by way of hot air balloon. Albuquerque is known for the frequency of hot air balloons around the city, with the International Balloon Fiesta and the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. The city is also loaded with green parks. City parks cover 25% to be exact. The largest is Petroglyph National Monument Park that runs 17 miles total, featuring petroglyphs that were created between 1300 and 1600 AD.
Albuquerque is a rare blend of Spanish, Mexican and Native American cultures. It is home to 22 different Native American Indian tribes, including the well-known Navajo and Apaches. And there are always events and celebrations year-round for these cultures. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has traditional dance performances and art demonstrations. The New Mexico State Fair, voted #6 in the country by attendance, gives Albuquerque more Indian and Spanish art demonstrations and horse races.
Then there’s Old Town. This is gorgeous and unique a part of Albuquerque that is centuries old, but still looks like the original town. Adobe buildings span 10 blocks of the area, and there’s always something going on every day, from cultural events to holiday festivals.
I know what you’re thinking… doesn’t the desert in New Mexico get unbearably hot in the summer? Actually, it doesn’t! In fact, Albuquerque can be quite chilly at night, even throughout those summer months. The warmest month is July, with an average daytime high of 93 degrees and an average low of 67. And so much sunshine. With bright sunshine 310 days out of the year, you can enjoy daytime weather in the 60s or above from March to October.