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The city of Albuquerque in New Mexico shot to fame thanks to the award-winning show, Breaking Bad. Now, thanks to Walter White’s mischievous antics, one of America’s previously best-kept secrets is starting to receive the travel love it truly deserves.
Over the past 43 years, Albuquerque has been home to the largest and most colourful balloon festival in the world. It’s held in early October every year and with it comes a colourful, fun filled 9-day party. This includes an exciting line-up of events; firework shows, musical performances and a smorgasbord of Southern food to match the huge crowds that gather from across the globe.
Top 15 of 2015: I'm counting down my top 15 travel memories of the year. This is number 8⃣ For my birthday this year, I decided to head to New Mexico to visit my best friend from college. One of the highlights of my trip was going to the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque – and getting to go up in a balloon during the Mass Ascension with hundreds of other balloons!! What a sight – and what a birthday weekend! ?
Just imagine 54 football fields, all put together. Now imagine over 500 balloons peacefully drifting up into the air, making it a beautiful spectacle covering over 365 acres across the Balloon fiesta park.
If you can’t make it to the balloon festival, fear not. Albuquerque is the hot air balloon capital of the world, with balloon adventures available all year round. For an unforgettable experience, go during sunrise. Complete with champagne – pop!
This year the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will be on October 1st to the 9th, 2016.
Lead image provided by Angelina Peace.