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ABQ Trolley Co: The Best First Thing To Do In Albuquerque

By Jessica Metcalf

In 2007, Jesse Herron and Mike Silva saw a gap in the Albuquerque tourism space: there was no city tour service- and hadn't been for almost a decade. Two years later, Herron and Silva launched the ABQ Trolley Company. Trolley Guy Mike Silva explains, "My business partner, Jesse Herron, and I wanted to create a much-needed front row seat to the city. Most importantly, we wanted to help people fall in love with Albuquerque."

ABQ takes its guests on an 85-minute, 18-mile Best of ABQ City Tour using their old-fashioned, open-air trolleys. Once you've gotten the lay of the land, you can check out more specialized tours, like the BaD Tour, a 3.5 hour tour using locations from the show "Breaking Bad;" The Ale Trail, a popular micro-brewery tour that includes 3 local micro-breweries with behind-the-scenes tours of each location; and the Route 66 Neon Sign Tour, which happens at night and highlights the best of the old and new neon of Albuquerque's Route 66. The company even offers seasonal tours, like the Trolley of Terror tour for Halloween and Trolley of Lights tour for the holidays.

The trolleys may be quaint, but they are geared up with gadgets to make the trip a little more interesting. Silva says, "We incorporate GPS technology to trigger video clips, photos and music on flat screen TVs at different places along the route."

Herron and Silva's mission is to show off their beloved Albuquerque in a fun, unique and exciting way, including movie and TV sets, the rich history of the landscape and some of the favorite restaurants in the area. They call their tours are the "best first thing to do in the city," with the hope that guests will be spurred to go back later to enjoy some of the sights, sounds and tastes of Albuquerque. Silva adds, "It surprises most people how much there is to see and do in Albuquerque, and we feel a real sense of accomplishment when our riders leave the Trolley motivated to go out and explore the city."

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J.L. Metcalf has a Bachelor's degree in English from Rhode Island College. She has...

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