Albuquerque has a vibrant art and cultural scene, and the BioPark and aquarium are nationally recognized. The International Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of the most colorful and vibrant attractions in the country, and thousands of people come to Albuquerque per year to experience the liftoff. Albuquerque also has loads of parkland more than any other city of the country, and it supplies endless amounts of hiking areas, bike trails, dog parks, and open spaces.
Albuquerque, New Mexico is located in the middle of the Rio Grande valley. The city is considered as an arid-continental climate, making it very sunny and dry with low humidity. It's subject to heavy thunderstorms, especially during the summer. Albuquerque receives 8 inches of rain on average. Snowfall is rare, although it occasionally snows in the nearby mountains.