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International Balloon Fiesta Takes Over Skies Near Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico

September 27, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Fall is known for its rich colors, but changing leaves are what often come to mind. In New Mexico, the season brings another option to view a beautiful color palette with the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, happening just minutes from the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North hotel.

From October 5-13th, the sky surrounding the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North hotel will be filled with colorful hot-air balloons of all shapes, sizes and hues. The annual event draws thousands from around the globe, from enthusiasts to spectators, and is a favorite with families. This hotel offers guests the nearest full-service hotel to Balloon Fiesta Park, and as an official event sponsor.From October 5th through the 13th, the sky surrounding these Albuquerque accommodations will be filled with colorful hot-air balloons of all shapes, sizes and hues. The annual event draws thousands from around the globe, from enthusiasts to spectators, and is a favorite with families.

The week-long event features flying competitions, special-shaped balloon events, morning glows and spectacular mass ascensions. The latter, held Saturdays and Sundays at 7am, are a true highlight. Balloons launch just minutes from this Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta hotel at the 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, where an on-the-ground festival also takes place featuring entertainment, food, fireworks and contests. Festival attendees, especially little girls, should keep their eyes open for Saige Copeland, Doll of the Year. Saige is a fan of hot-air balloons and loves to soar above the Sandia Mountains with her father.

This hotel near Albuquerque airport offers guests the nearest full-service hotel to Balloon Fiesta Park, and as an official event sponsor, it goes all out to create a festive atmosphere for guests. Its 10-story atrium is home to a Balloon Gondola, and mornings feature a complimentary “Grab and Go” breakfast for early risers heading out to the launch site. Families will enjoy the hotel’s ice cream socials and football nights, and the High Desert Lounge will be offering balloon-themed drink and appetizer specials throughout the festival. Many hotel guests are also treated to a view of the balloons from their room at some point during the festival, due to the “box” pattern of wind currents.

For more information about the festival, visit www.balloonfiesta.com/. To book festival accommodations, visit the hotel website at www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/abqmc-albuquerque-marriott-pyramid-north/, or call 1-800-262-2043.

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