Austin. Portland. Albuquerque? Austin’s and Portland’s weirdness are well-documented, but don’t overlook ABQ. This hidden gem in the Southwest is loaded with quirky attractions. Here are four of our favorite under-the-radar gems.
Bandelier National Monument
Overshadowed by bigger-name National Park Service destinations, the ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs at Bandelier, near Los Alamos, offer a fascinating glimpse into human civilizations dating back more than 11,000 years. Oh, and the stunning Southwest landscape isn’t bad to look at either.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Learn all about the United States’ storied atomic past, present, and future at this unique museum. Exhibits “cover everything from the very origins of atomic theory” to “modern-day advances in nuclear medicine” and “the future of the fascinating and exciting field.”
American International Rattlesnake Museum
When your deep dive into the country’s nuclear past is complete, learn all about rattlesnakes at this one-of-a-kind museum. You’ll also get an up-close look at the real thing, as the museum is host to the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world. Nuclear science and rattlesnakes – you’re not going to find a one-two museum punch like that anywhere else in the country.
Walter White’s “Grave”
Are you a Breaking Bad fan? If so, a visit to Walter White’s “grave” is in order. Fans created the monument to the show’s legendary lead character, played by Bryan Cranston, shortly after the show’s finale in 2013. After a short-lived stay at an actual cemetery in Albuquerque, Breaking Bad’s home city, the headstone was moved to a strip mall in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. You’ll find it just outside Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse. If you really want to step up your Breaking Bad game, take the full DIY tour!
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