Albuquerque’s roots run deep. The area was home to Native Americans for thousands of years before the city’s founding in 1706, and tribes still inhabit the surrounding area today, infusing New Mexico’s largest city with a historic culture all its own.
ABQ, as it’s sometimes called, is surrounded by icons: the Rio Grande to the west, Sandia Mountains to the northeast and Route 66 leading right into town. Come for the city’s proximity to rugged outdoor activities and stay for its top-notch museums, innovative breweries and mouthwatering food.
Of course, Albuquerque’s desert location and historic flair lend themselves to incredible photos. We toured the city via Instagram for the best places to photograph on your visit.
1 Balloon Fiesta Park
Each October, hundreds of hot air balloons take to the skies above this city park for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. During the rest of the year, you can snap pics in the park's Balloon Museum or at one of its other outdoor events, like the Fourth of July celebration or boomerang competition in November.
2 El Pinto
3 Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
4 Pueblo Harvest Cafe
5 Spur Line Supply Co.
6 ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
7 Piñon Coffee House
Swing by this coffee company's brick-and-mortar store for a drink topped with cinnamon sugar in a shape reminiscent of the New Mexico flag. There's no better way to announce your location to your followers.
8 Sandia Peak Tramway
9 Deep Space Coffee Co.
This downtown spot takes coffee seriously, offering creative espresso blends alongside artisanal teas and kombucha. If the neon lights and funky wallpaper don't make it into your pic, the seasonal black latte certainly will.
10 Old Town Albuquerque
This charming collection of adobe buildings has served as Albuquerque's cultural hub since the city's founding in 1706. Nowadays, travelers can explore museums, shops and galleries with plenty of colorful photo opps.
11 Red Door Brewing Company
A fun-loving group of friends runs this next-level tap room, which hosts offbeat events like yoga classes and "parents' day out" parties with activities to occupy kids. Zoom in on one of their tantalizing ales.
12 Green Jeans Farmery
Green Jeans is a multiple-business collective of eateries, shops and bars made completely from shipping containers. There's much to photograph, from the pies at Amore Pizzeria to the creative architecture itself.
13 Farm & Table
14 National Museum Of Nuclear Science & History
15 Hotel Andaluz
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- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.