El Paso Travel Guide

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El Paso Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great Place to buy boots and eat Mexican food 

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     Be careful to not generalize either country based on this. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Cowboys, Marty Robbins, Mexico and a trickle called the Rio Grande. 

El Paso Things to Do

  • Downtown El Paso

    Lynx hosts a variety of revolving, changing exhibits. When I was in El Paso it featured a multidiscipline exhibit about the “Supercroc” which lived 110 million years ago and fought dinosaurs for supremacy. This is a very interesting museum! Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 12 PM to 6 PM on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults; $8...

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  • Chamizal Memorial

    There are recreations of the original markers from the 1848 borders along with markers showing where part of the old border was located. For quite a while the border was at the mercy of the whims of the river and periodic floods changed the border. Modern techniques have given us a permanent demarcation between the countries and better control the...

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  • Crossing into Mexico

    Having just one night to spend in El Paso, I was keen to see the border crossing over to Mexico. I woke early on the Sunday morning and took a walk from the Camino Real down S Santa Fe Street about 9 blocks to where the high fences of the border pass under the road bridge which brings approved traffic over the border to/from Mexico. The official...

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El Paso Restaurants

  • Authentic Italian Cuisine!

    This place is excellent! We went there for dinner and it was lit by candlelight. It has red and white checked table cloths, oil bottles hung from the ceiling and used as centerpiece candleholders, an Italian mural on the walls, and a very relaxed (or even romantic if you wanted it to be) atmosphere. The staff, our waitress especially, was very...

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  • Good Chain Restaurant

    You pretty well know what to expect at a Denny's and this one had the usual food. If you normally like Denny's you will like this one, if not. . . The waitress was above average.

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  • Nice Bar and Grill in Nearby Clint

    This is a bar and grill with a more extensive menu than you might expect. I did not so much want Mexican, steak or burgers, so I ordered a Ham and Cheese Omelet with Jalapenos. It was pretty good. I also enjoyed the big screen TVs set to sports channels. They have an outdoor seating area too. I enjoyed my Ham and Cheese Omelet with Jalapenos

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El Paso Nightlife

  • Nice Bar and Grill/Sports Bar

    After dinner I had a rum and coke, and watched more of the baseball game on the big screen TVs. The rum and coke was strong enough and the waitress cute; but not the model for the sign. The music was in Spanish for the most part. Casual

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  • STOMP in El Paso!

    STOMP IS BACK WITH SOME NEW SURPISES! See STOMP April 20 - 21 at the Plaza Theatre for a terrific discount! Look for the AMC discount and use password AMC to receive $10 off* your tickets for both performances! Purchase tickets for the April 20th Show:...

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  • A walk on the Wild Side

    A safe and upscale adult entertainment spot with reasonable drink prices and good entertainment. Although east of El Paso a few miles on I-10, it is a better choice than some of the rowdier in-town bars. casual

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El Paso Transportation

  • Greyhound Connections

    I arrived in El Paso having taken the Greyhound from Albuquerque, New Mexico and had a connecting journey the following morning to Tucson, Arizona.The Greyhound buses serve locations all over the United States of America and are a great way of getting around for the budget-conscious traveller and non-driver.Noteworthy, it cost me less, both in...

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  • El Paso-Juarez Trolley Co.

    The other part of our group - who knew where they were going and were actually on time - took 'The Trolley' into Juarez.This trolley takes you across the border, and has 7 stops in Juarez. If you can't tell from the map which stop you want, just ask your driver :) You can take them back into the US also.They leave every hour, on the hour from the...

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  • Around El Paso

    El Paso offers probably better city transportation than many other US cities (follow the link below) but I used exclusively my feet walking around downtown and my hired car to get there and to far neighbourhoods. El Paso East Motel 6, I stayed in, is located 10 miles east of downtown.I had no problem to find a place to park a car in downtown (map...

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El Paso Shopping

  • Sidewalk Shopping Near the Mexican...

    This is not a shop, it is a district. The Golden Horeshoe District is an area of about 500 stores that nestles up to the Mexican border in El Paso. It was named the Golden Horseshoe years ago based on both the U shaped configuration of the area and that it was and still is a very lucrative area for shop owners. It is unique in its multitude of...

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  • Shopping in American way :-)

    It's a typical, American, quite large chain grocery story. Apart from food at economic price, I was looking for, it was interesting for me as foreign, first time visitor to the USA, to see where locals used to do daily food shopping and what they bought :-). In my hometown in Poland (and probably in most of Europe) people do daily, casual shopping...

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  • Outlets in El Paso!!!! 80% off!

    If you are an avid shopper, this is the place to be. What struck me though was that every corner of the complex had a children’s place where they can enjoy little elephant rides, fire trucks and so on…and the views around the mall was spectacular. Specially as the sun was setting down, I was aghast at the panoramic view of the distant mountains –...

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El Paso Local Customs

  • Mexican majority and shopping in...

    In El Paso and at Albertsons, a chain grocery story, I could observe shopping in American way. Well, it's not specific to El Paso but for the USA, maybe except well heard Spanish language used by American Mexicans (or immigrants from other countries of Latin America) doing shopping that is common in the Southwest. Hispanic or Latino of any race are...

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  • Fire escapes

    Numerous buildings of historic downtown El Paso have typical fire escape, a special kind of emergency exit, usually mounted to the outside of a building. Well, it's a local custom not specific for El Paso, but for American high rise residential buildings constructed at the end of the 19th century and even more in the first half of 20th century. But...

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  • Don't Make Fun of the Army

    Fort Bliss, which became a major Army base back in the days of Pancho Villa, dominates Northeast El Paso. After border traffic (and possibly boots), the fort represents the primary industry in the city. So don't make fun of soldiers while you're there.You might remember Fort Bliss as being the home base of many of the POW's in the latest Iraq war....

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El Paso Warnings and Dangers

  • Hueco Tanks: Warnings

    Warning signs are here to ensure your safety and to preserve the park and its historic artifacts. Please obey them. Also note that there is no gas near here and no food or lodging at the park. Gas up at El Paso or Carlsbad before driving to the park.

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  • Ciudad Juarez: Don't Take the Chance

    For years now the press has documented the horrific homicides that take place daily in Ciuduad Jaurez, immediately across the border from El Paso.Still as we walked on the edge of the Golden Horeshoe District in El Paso we could see scores of cars and trucks with United States license plates heading into the City. Just two weeks prior the head of...

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  • Never get caught alone at night

    For travelers with no habla espanol, be careful during night time. Cross the bridge back to the USA or get to your hotels. Druggies, kidnappers, forces of evil prey on the unwary. But if you have a guide or a local friend, enjoy the night life, Donkey shows anyone? Even with a guide, be cautious.

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El Paso Tourist Traps

  • I skipped Fort Bliss and others :-(

    I always feel very uncomfortable when I get to know that I skipped something very unique or interesting on my way especially when I travel very far from my home. Due to lack of both time and information it happened to me in El Paso.First of all I skipped Fort Bliss, a United States Army military base partly located within El Paso city limits and...

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  • Crossing the Mexican border

    As soon as you pass through the border you hit a main street which runs for about a mile.All the way along that are snd street traders trying to catch your attention. You really have to search very hard on that side of the border to find anywhere you can just chill out. Take as little by the way of valuables and money. I was there on a quiet day...

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  • Juarez, the Mexico Your Mother Warned...

    Juarez is big -- 2 million people big, and that's enough to dominate any border relationship, particularly with the massive amount of American investment there in hte form of maquiladores, factories for NAFTA goods. Also, many El Pasoans have family across the river, so the bridges get pretty busy.Most people don't see that side of Juarez, though....

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El Paso What to Pack

  • Hot summers, dry area!

    Pack sun glasses! Light cotton clothes (shorts, T-shirts) for warm or hot days from spring to fall. Sweater/pullover and/or jacket for colder evenings/nights (not in summer though) and in winter. El Paso is surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert, the easternmost section of the Basin and Range Region and lies at elevation of 3,740 ft (1,140 m) above...

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    in summer,the temperature rises up to 38°C very easily;for the french community,there is a music record:8 jours à EL PASO of johnny hallyday and michel sardou, who both went there for this occasion;and michel sardou almost died because of the heat;he had to come back earlier.

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El Paso Off The Beaten Path

  • Guadalupe National Park: Less Than 2...

    If you are in El Paso and looking for some real natural beauty in a remote setting by all means drive east to Guadalupe National Park. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in West Texas on U.S. Highway 62/180. You can drive there in two hours or less.What you will see is some beautiful mountains with crystal clean air, nice highland...

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  • Go climb a mountain!

    The Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest state park entirely within the city limits of any American city. I recently had the pleasure (and pain) of taking a morning hike up into the mountains, and I can't wait to do it again! There are so many trails to follow, some camping is allowed, and even dogs are allowed as long as they're leashed. I...

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  • White Sands Missile Range (65 miles)

    White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), formerly known as the White Sands Proving Grounds, is located in southern New Mexico covers the area of approximately the same as that of the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island put together. It's the largest military installation in the United States - missile and atomic testing area. The only way to get to the...

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El Paso Sports & Outdoors

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    by morgandk Written Jan 19, 2003

    University of TEXAS at El Paso (UTEP) Football. Why? The stadium is great and you can't help but root for an underdog!

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El Paso Favorites

  • El Paso

    El Paso is a large city with a population of over 600,000 located on the border with Mexico just South of New Mexico. El Paso can trace its origins back to settlements established in 1598 during the Juan de Onate Expeditions, and later a settlement from 1827 by Juan Maria Ponce de Leon. It is the largest U.S, city along the border across from the...

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  • Downtown offers a lot of Cultural...

    But on the cultural side of Downtown, you will find the fabulous El Paso Museum of Art right beside the recently restored Plaza Theater. There is also the Performing Arts Center for theatre/dance lovers. There is new construction ongoing at Mills Street and there is even a brand new Doubletree Hotel a little farther north…I heard there was a...

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  • This is cowboy country

    In Western Texas and Southern New Mexico huge cattle ranches dotted the desert landscape. Cowboys were often seasonal workers who didn't have a home, travelled to where the work was. In Northern Mexico the cattle fiefdoms were merged into very large holdings under the Diaz regime. One landowner in the State of Chihuahua once owned a piece of land...

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