Situated near old Route 66 in an area that offers a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities, Albuquerque is considered one of the healthiest and most livable cities in the country. Albuquerque is a metropolis of over 500,000 people, and boasts an abundance of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, artists and musicians, golfers, foodies, and more. The city is home to a rich Hispanic and Native American cultural heritage that is reflected in its Pueblo Revival architecture, traditional New Mexican food, and various cultural festivals. The city hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® each October. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas.