Albuquerque offers affordable attractions
As New Mexico's largest city, tourists come in swarms to Albuquerque to take in the beautiful sights of the Sandia Mountains, explore the waters of the Rio Grande and discover its pueblo history. During your vacation, choose from one of the many Albuquerque rental cars from Thrifty - Albuquerque deals can help make your trip extra affordable. For example, through Sept. 20, you can get 15 percent off select rental cars with no coupon necessary - just use the promo code when making your reservation. Next time you take a trip to the Duke City, be sure to engage in some of these money-saving activities:
Play a few rounds of golf
This city is home to more than 14 golf courses, made up of the area's forests, desert plains and other natural features to present some of the most challenging holes in America. In fact, Golf Magazine and Golf Digest have listed an array of Albuquerque's courses as some of the best in the country. One highlight green is the Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, which is settled at the edge of the mountain range and is named after the 14th-century ruins nearby. Paa-Ko was also named one of "America's 100 Best Courses for $100 or Less" by Travel + Leisure in 2002 and received a five-star rating by Golf Digest in 2006. Locals will also point you toward the Twin Warriors Golf Club and the Santa Ana Golf Club.
Delight in Albuquerque culture at a museum
Use your Albuquerque car rental to navigate between the nearly 20 museums scattered across this New Mexico city. The National Hispanic Cultural Center uncovers the intriguing tradition of the Day of the Dead festival. At the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, you can learn about the 19 pueblos of New Mexico as well as the state's deep roots in Native American history. For a taste of local art, head to the Albuquerque's Museum of Art and History, which shows off works from the Spanish colonial era and pieces made by the indigenous peoples.
Explore the outdoors
With its diverse terrain, Albuquerque is the ideal place for an exhilarating hike. Climb the cliffs or walk the paths of the Sandia Mountains. Cyclists will enjoy biking through the city's massive network of trails and feeling the fresh air on their faces as they take in the breathtaking views. In fact, Bicycling Magazine named it the third-best place to bike in the United States in 2006. The area is rife with wildlife, so keep your eyes open for deer, hawks and roadrunners.