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10 Best Weekend Getaways from Albuquerque, New Mexico (within a 4-hour flight)


10 Best Weekend Getaways from Albuquerque, New Mexico (within a 4-hour flight)
10 Best Weekend Getaways from Albuquerque, New Mexico (within a 4-hour flight)

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a vibrant city known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, and diverse attractions. Nestled in the high desert, Albuquerque offers breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande. The city's historic Old Town is a cultural hub featuring adobe buildings, museums, and shops that reflect its Spanish colonial past. Albuquerque is also famous for the annual International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest hot-air balloon festival, which fills the sky with colorful balloons every October. The city's unique blend of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures is evident in its cuisine, art, and traditions. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities like hiking, biking, and exploring the Petroglyph National Monument. With its sunny climate, rich history, and vibrant arts scene, Albuquerque provides a unique and inviting atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.


If you're a local and looking to escape for a weekend, keep reading. With a vast array of short domestic destinations, there are also some international destinations within reach. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area within a non-stop 4-hour flight. More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to request PTO (for you M-F 9-5'ers); it just depends on what you want to do at your destination.






Denver, Colorado (DEN) - 1 Hour 20 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Mountains, beer, National Parks, hiking, clean city, nice people.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round. Ski in the winter. Hike in the summer.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) - 1 Hour 30 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Gambling, Hoover Dam, Death Valley National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Partying, more Gambling.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $50+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?





Los Angeles, California (LAX, BUR, SNA, LGB, SBA, ONT)   - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Surfing, Hiking, Sports, City Life, Culture, Fame, Disneyland, Food.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


Seattle, Washington (SEA) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Whales, Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, gorgeous views, intelligent individuals, good breweries.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer (you can't really avoid the rain but you can pray)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $700+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the REI flagship store. Wow.


San Diego, California (SAN) - 1 Hour 45 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Surfing, Hiking, Zoo, Mountain Biking, Partying.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






San Francisco, California (SFO, SJC, OAK) - 2 Hour 25 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Tours, Food, Silicon Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, Surfing

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?







Chicago, Illinois (ORD, MDW) - 2 Hour 45 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Food, bars, sports, rivers!

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • For bourbon enthusiasts, visit Untitled Supper Club on W Kinzie for an incredible speakeasy experience.





Portland, Oregon (PDX) - 2 Hour 45 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Surfing. Oregon coast is only 1 hour away. Mt. Hood is nearby as well.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $250+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Brew pubs, art, nightlife, Mexican food.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $250+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Walk some of the BeltLine and stop at stores, bars, and restaurants.





Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC) - 1 Hour 40 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Skiing, Salt Flats, Mormons, and great National Parks within a moderate drive.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?







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Hey! I'm Jordan, a native New Yorker who is addicted to adventure travel, photography, content creation, investing, and fitness. Read on, enjoy, and Never Run Out of First Times!

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