Located on the border between Texas and Mexico, El Paso is an intriguing and exciting mixture of the culture of both countries, making it an all year round travel destination like no other.
The Texan summers can be intense, with temperatures in the high 90s and, although this might be to some people’s taste, a visit in April or October would mean milder temperatures that sit in the high 70s and fine weather for hiking and sightseeing.
Visitors may want to time their trip to coincide with events like the major rodeo in September or the Sun City music festival that takes over Ascarate Park with the sound of electronic Dance in August.
Taking a flight to El Paso in November is also a great time to visit as this is when the Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Parade takes place and temperatures are at a mild 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanksgiving morning sees the streets filled with parades of floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands and Mexican and Indian dancers.
El Paso is a desert city, but this does not mean that everything is dust and sand. The city has breathtaking Botanical Gardens which showcases the colorful blooms of desert flowers, and sells beautiful samples for visitors to take away.
El Paso is also a city of museums and culture. The Centennial Museum highlights the distinctive culture of the border area, while the Archaeology Museum focuses on the ancient history of habitation near the city, and the 2nd Floor Contemporary Arts Center showcases the works of local artists.
Another great historical attraction is the 9 mile long Mission Trail, which winds around nineteenth century churches, presenting a picture of life on the border as it was lived over 150 years ago.
One of the unique attractions of the border region is the chance to visit the rodeo, and El Paso has one of the most exciting in the United States. See the best horsemen struggling with their steers, and cowboys showing off their skills.
There are also some sites of astonishing natural beauty near the city. Visitors can easily reach McKelligon Canyon, a beautiful refuge almost at the center of town. And nobody who rents a car should not fail to take the Transmountain Road at night, with the towns of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez spread out beneath them.
The location of the city has also brought big benefits for diners, and there are many enticing Mexican and Spanish themed eateries serving up big plates of chili and tacos. There are also traditional Texan barbecue joints, making for a superb mixture of tastes.
Car rental is by far the best option if you intend to see anything outside the city limits, but the city is working to make the bus network quicker and more extensive. Downtown El Paso is extremely walkable and there is plenty that can be seen by foot alone.
Public buses run all day long from the airport terminal (ELP) to downtown El Paso, and will be the cheapest transportation option by far. However, taxis line up outside as well, and shuttle buses are provided for the guests of major hotels in the town. Car rental services are represented at the airport as well.