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Part of meeting in a new destination is leaving time to experience the city. While shopping for meeting and event space, don’t forget to consider activities that will get your group interacting and talking about favorite Albuquerque adventures following the gathering. 

Dormant Supervolcano & Ancient Petroglyphs
Walk along history at Petroglyph National Monument with more than 20,000 petroglyphs and view wildlife in the 13-mile-wide Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Southwest’s supervolcano. 

Fabulous Flamenco
Albuquerque is considered the  flamenco capital of the United States. The annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque is held each June, and an intimate performance space Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque recently opened at Hotel Albuquerque.

Mountain Vistas Galore
A 15-minute ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway whisks passengers to the 10,378-foot peak of the Sandia Mountains for a panoramic view. More active groups also can hike the La Luz Trail or bike the steep inclines and unique high desert terrain.

Spaceport America
Located  south of Albuquerque near Elephant Butte Lake, explore the Spaceport America Visitor Center and tour the 2-mile-long runway, Astronaut Walk, Gateway Gallery, Spaceport Operations Center and Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space hangar facility.

U.S. Hot Air Ballooning Mecca
There are more resident balloonists in the city of Albuquerque than any other state. The area’s cool mornings and stable winds create 300 flyable days a year. 

As everyone in the industry knows, meetings can produce a variety of waste, from unused handouts and unnecessary printing to the overuse of plastic and paper products. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency cited meetings and events as the second most wasteful industry, after building and construction. The good news is that meeting planners are continuing to become more and more conscientious about reducing this waste and lessening the carbon footprint of their events.

 

Being surrounded by grapevines is blissful in itself, but add a measure of mountains and the atmosphere goes nearly off-the-charts spectacular. The soils and climate of the American West have proven bountiful, resulting in a large a number of vineyards with meeting and event spaces that are surrounded by peaks or located in the foothills of Oregon, California, Idaho and Colorado.

Oregon

 

Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.