Discover The Spirit of the Rio Grande

Albuquerque, or as locals like to call it ABQ, has a free-spirited character, a vibrant artsy persona, and a centuries-old past. Named one of Sunset Magazine’s best cities to live, boasting more than 310 days of sun, and endless opportunities for recreation and entertainment, stopping to take a raincheck isn’t really on the radar. This multi-cultural destination is home to the picturesque Sandia Mountains, and mighty Rio Grand River, along with iconic historic landmarks that celebrate the city’s Native American, and Spanish heritage. For active adults with a passion for warm desert climates, outdoor fun, and adding green chili to just about everything, Albuquerque is guaranteed to be their soulmate.

Founded in 1706, Albuquerque captures the essence of the Southwest with its showcase of natural beauty and artistic expression. Spanish and Native American cultures converge to create a city steeped in tradition from the historic exhibits found at the Indian Pueblo, and National Hispanic Cultural Centers, to the volcanic rock carvings of Petroglyph National Monument. The true heart of Albuquerque is in Old Town where the streets are lined with Pueblo-Spanish style adobe architecture, and vivid splashes of color adorning storefronts, and museums. Home to more than 100 galleries, stores, and eateries, history buffs, and art lovers will love getting lost in the authenticity of this Albuquerque landmark. Visitors to Old Town can get in the spirit on a ghost tour, explore native horticulture at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, but the food scene is the main attraction. From swanky French cuisine to the kind of authentic Mexican food people write home about, this town has an eclectic mix of palate-pleasing options.

Few things are as magnificent as an Albuquerque sunrise unless of course, it’s hiking the Sandia Mountains, rafting down the scenic banks of the Rio Grande, or watching hundreds of multi-colored hot air balloons ascend into the sky at the annual International Balloon Fiesta. Ranked the 5th fittest city in the country by Men’s Fitness, with more than 350 parks, an infinite number of trails, and a near-perfect climate, health enthusiasts will be in their element whether on foot on a bike, or out on the water.

Albuquerque is easy on the eyes, and the wallet making it a great place for empty nesters, and retirees to get the most out of this small metropolis. From investing in real estate to buying groceries, CBS News gave Albuquerque kudos for offering a comfortable lifestyle on a modest income. For an all-inclusive ABQ experience, the 55+ communities of Del Webb at Mirehaven, and Affinity at Albuquerque provide affordable luxury while being close the best “Duke City” has to offer.