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Turquoise Guided Museum Tour
"The tour of the museum begins by entering a mock mine tunnel. The entrance to the museum will open 15 minutes before each tour begins. Guests are requested to show up within this 15 minute time frame. Guests who fail to arrive will forfeit their tickets and those tickets will be resold to a guest on the tour waiting list.The museum's displays include:Turquoise from over 80 locations around the worldMining history and modern techniquesTurquoise mineralogy/geology guests will be given the chance to enjoy the museum displays on their own.The Turquoise Museum is family owned and operated since 1992. Three of the five generations still work at the museum on a weekly basis. Tours are guided by one of these thr all of your questions will be answered and you will have a better understanding of “The World’s Most Colorful Gem”.""""The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque New Mexico showcases the J.C. “Zack” Zachary turquoise collection. The collection includes turquoise from over 80 locations around the world
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Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in Old Town Albuquerque and takes you on a well-designed course through the historic and cultural streets as you visit churches walk through sculpture gardens and see the local parks and museums.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best southwestern sights of the town. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.""""Turn Albuquerque into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city
From $15.00
 
Albuquerque Rio Grande Balloon Ride
"We fly most days at sunrise weather permitting. We begin by meeting you at our launch site which is right on the west side of the Rio Grande River. Once at the launch site we will inflate the balloon and fly for about an hour down the river valley here in Albuquerque. During the flight depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day you will have great views of the Sandia Mountains to the east Petroglyph national monument to the west
From $167.00

Downtown El Paso Tips (7)

Lynx Exhibits

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 for students and military with ID; $6 for children 4 to 11; and children under 3 are free.

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May 05, 2012

Railroad & Transportation Museum

The Railroad & Transportation Museum is a treasure trove for the railroad buff. It houses a wide variety of displays about railroads in war and peace, urban transit, the 2nd line across the US, and an old "440" locomotive from 1857. Hours are 11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM Sunday. Admission is free.

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May 05, 2012

El Paso Museum of History

The El Paso Museum of History is a huge facility showing 400 years of El Paso history through artifacts, images, and documents. The museum is located in the downtown Cultural District. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday (extended hours to 9 PM on Thursday) and 12 PM to 5 PM Sunday. Admission is free.

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May 05, 2012

El Paso Laundry and Cleaners Company

The El Paso Laundry and Cleaners Company was originally established in 1891 and moved to it's location at S Sante Fe Street and Montestruc Court in 1897. The building is strategically located alongside the Rio Grande, just a few meters from the streets of Ciudad Juarez. The company has played an interesting role in several international events, including the 1909 meeting between then Presidents William Howard Taft and Porfirio Diaz. When Diaz crossed the Rio Grande, over the Santa Fe Bridge, he arrived at the front of the Laundry to meet Taft and was welcomed by enthusiastic crowds, receiving a twenty-one gun salute.

Two years later, as the fighting in the Mexican Revolution moved north to the border, the Laundry building's large, flat roof served as an observation deck, providing journalists and spectators with sweeping views of the fighting across the river, particularly during the Battle of Ciudad Juarez in May 1911.

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Feb 26, 2012
 
 
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Downtown El Paso: More To Do All The Time

Most travellers pass through El Paso without stopping to look around. They are missing our special culture and sights. Our core city is undergoing revitalization. If you like museums, we have the History Museum, Insights Science Museum, E.P. Art Museum and developing Holocaust Museum. The Civic Center has sweeping architecture and cross-border trollies. Nearby, the Union Plaza includes an old railroad depot. The expanded central library includes a superb regional research center. The City-County Courthouse mirrors the city and has fine views. Shop in discount and specialty stores that also cater to the Mexican shopper. Two central bridges handle border crossings for autos and pedestrians in and out of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The Rio Grande (River) is the border and is thoroughly tamed in concrete. There are many restaurants and some hotels downtown. I'm sure that I forgot more to do. Your views may include the Franklin Mountains that approach us from the North.

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Apr 04, 2011

Historical Downtown El Paso, Texas

Downtown El Paso

This historic downtown looks really historic – the buildings echo the past (somewhat Spanish colonial) and 1950’s kind mixed up altogether in a vibrant Hispanic community. I saw about 5 Hispanic men all wearing their cowboy hats --- so I also was wearing mine which I got all the way from Bogota, Colombia (hehehe- try to beat that good Colombian leather).

Everything does seem to be conveniently located --- we bought our drinks from a little grocery store. There were so many tempting Mexican breakfast eateries, but we already had breakfast…too bad.

As we were passing the stores, I did see the prices of kid shirts at less than $5!

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Apr 25, 2009

El Paso downtown

El Paso downtown consists of three parts of which only the first one is worth of seeing on foot, the other two parts have a few attractions to see but walking there is not a fan in my opinion:

1. The compact oldest part (El Paso Street, Overland and San Antonio Avenue) with 1 to 3-story old and mostly pretty renovated buildings, shops, restaurants and cute old-style street lamps.

2. Modern part around Civic Center Plaza with museums, theater, library etc. (read my next tip)

3. The typical American city with a few high rise buildings which form city skyline.

Other tourist attractions are located outside downtown in numerous, sometimes very far, neighborhoods and you have to drive there or use public transportation to get there.

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"Jumping Around El Paso!"
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"El Paso: City of Sun and Sharp Contrasts"
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El Paso Museum of Art

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Chamizal Memorial

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El Paso Zoo

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Wyler Aerial Tramway

The Wyler Aerial Tramway is located at the Franklin Mountains State Park is worth taking a look at. The tramway consists of traveling in a Swiss made gondola about half mile up Ranger Peak. From the...
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Border Patrol Museum

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