With its stunning desert landscape and scenic mountain views, a trip to Albuquerque should undoubtedly feature on your travel wish list. If your budget is tight, there is no need for you to miss out on the experience. These tips will help you keep a tight rein on your finances during your stay.

Look for Cheap Hotel Deals

The easiest time to find a discounted hotel room in Albuquerque is during the summer and shoulder seasons. Finding a similar peak deal is a little trickier, especially during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta or the Sandia Mountains ski season, although if you know where to look you can still find reasonable rates, even at boutique hotels such as Hotel Parq Central and the family-friendly Hotel Cascada.

Use Cheap Local Transport

You can save on transportation costs as soon as you arrive by choosing a hotel that offers a complimentary airport shuttle. The Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel is one such example. When you are ready to start exploring the city, you will find that an adult fare on the local ABQ service is just $1, and you can grab an all-day pass for $2. If you are in the downtown area, you can hop on and off the D-Ride loop for free.

Enjoy Free and Cheap Activities

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The cost of visiting attractions such as the Rio Grande Zoo and Cliff’s Amusement Park can add up, especially if you are traveling with family. Balance out these big-ticket prices with trips to cheap Albuquerque attractions, such as historic Old Town Albuquerque and the Petroglyph National Monument, or cultural hot spots such as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center or El Rancho de las Golondrinas. These will all set you back a few dollars at most.

Discover Outdoor Attractions

Visiting Albuquerque’s outdoor attractions are another way to save on the price of your trip. It costs nothing to wander along the ABQ Park’s garden path or to enjoy the mountain views from Piedra Lisa Park. Save on these activities so you can splurge on a ticket for Sandia Peak’s aerial tramway. An adult pass costs $23.95, with discounts available for children and seniors.

Eat Where the Locals Eat

With fine dining restaurants such as the Crown Room and Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse vying to tempt your taste buds, it is fairly easy to say goodbye to a significant chunk of your budget on dinner alone. Go ahead and treat yourself at least once during your stay, but for the rest of your time stick to eating at local favorites such as Pollito Con Papas, Sophia’s Place, and Mary and Tito’s Cafe.

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Author Bio: Linda Forshaw likes to write about local haunts and far-flung places. She lives in Liverpool, England, and spends her free time exploring new places, going to live gigs, and planning her next adventure. She is currently writing for the #HipmunkCityLove project.