Albuquerque and its environs hold many attractions for couples. Like most western cities, the most exciting places to visit in Albuquerque are outside the downtown business district. Whether you and your honey like active pursuits, cultural ones, or a combination, the following attractions will add fun and romance to any visit to Albuquerque.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Take a breathtaking walk in the wild. The stunning trails of Kasha-Katuwe (“white cliffs” in the Keresan language of the Pueblo de Cochiti) reveal the unique majesty of structures more than six million years old. Formed by ancient volcanic eruptions, the conical rocks and towering striated walls provide nooks for picnics and gorgeous backdrops for photos. Savor a landscape of desert marigold as red-tailed hawks soar by. Bring everything you need — including water — to walk the easy Cave Loop or moderate Canyon Trail. Camping, fires and cooking are prohibited. Located 52 miles north of Albuquerque.

National Hispanic Cultural Center
Witness the vibrant performing and fine arts of the Hispanic community at this exceptional cultural attraction. If you crave an elegant evening out, purchase tickets to programs that range from film to flamenco, opera to orchestra in the Center’s beautiful Albuquerque Journal Theatre. During the fall and winter, attend free dance classes and parties in styles that include mambo, Aztec, and Latin hip-hop. Art lovers can wander the Art Museum, an impressively curated collection of forward-thinking Hispanic artists. Visitors can also sample the art of New Mexican cooking at the Center’s hearty La Fonda Del Bosque restaurant. 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque.

Hot Air Ballooning
Excluding the occasional roar of a propane burner, there is nothing more serene than taking the town by balloon. Home to the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta each October, the area is renown for its excellent precision flying conditions. Get ready for an early day; the adventure kicks off at sunrise. Pack a romantic meal or pop the question as you float dreamily over the Rio Grande, soak in views of the Sandia Mountains, or peep into the backyards of Albuquerque locals (much to the dismay of their dogs, who bark up a storm when they hear a balloon). The morning concludes with alight breakfast and champagne toast, by which time you’ll already be drunk on love.