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Cities in the Spotlight: Albuquerque

Albuquerque has many activity options.

Albuquerque has many activity options.

The Southwest may be for you to live if you enjoy dry weather that varies in temperature throughout the year. Specifically, Albuquerque could be the perfect destination, especially if you want a city with plenty of things to do and one with a rich history.

Albuquerque has a population of nearly 553,000 people, and is the largest city in New Mexico. Residents get around via the City of Albuquerque Transit Department's bus services.

The weather in the area can vary significantly, so if you enjoy seasonal changes, this may not be a bad place to bring your moving boxes. The average summer high temperature is 90 degrees, while the average winter low temperature is 26 degrees.

If you want to go to college in New Mexico, Albuquerque could be a good place to begin your search for a school. The city is the home of the University of New Mexico, which is the largest post-secondary school in the Land of Enchantment.

Sports are popular in the city, and despite the fact that there is no team from one of the four major sports, there are still many options in the city. If you enjoy college sports, the city has the University of New Mexico's multiple teams that compete as the "Lobos" in Division I. There is also a minor league baseball team, as the Pacific Coast League's Isotopes play in the city's Isotopes Park.

Plenty of ways to keep busy in the city
If you are looking for attractions around the city, there are many options Albuquerque has to offer. For those who prefer outdoor activities, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden may be the place to start. The garden is open year-round, and has longer hours in the summer. It offers plant life from all over the globe on a very large plot of land, with specific exhibits throughout.

The city also has the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, which has plenty of exhibits that the entire family can enjoy. There is an extensive area for prehistoric studies, including dinosaurs, as well as a movie theater so that you can view movies related to the exhibits. Additionally, the venue hosts a planetarium, so you can explore the sky during your visit.