El Paso is located at the western tip of Texas, where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico meet. It is the largest international metroplex in the world and seamlessly blends cultures and traditions. Experience everything from the historic Old West to the colors of Mexico, from the heritage of Native Americans to the beauty of the desert sun.
The historic Mission Trail area on El Paso’s far-east side is worthy of a half-day trip for a look at three very old churches, originally built during the 1600-1700s. Some are still used regularly for services, and reconstruction on them, given their age, seems to be eternal. Located in front of each church is a marker explaining the long history of that particular mission. Also, along the way you’ll find the Los Portales Museum in San Elizario, the Tigua Cultural Center and Licon Dairy, all of which will make this excursion more fun and interesting.
El Paso’s museum district is filled with extraordinary and unique choices. The Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art. Just down the street, The El Paso Museum of History is home to DIGIE, the first and only interactive digital wall. It has touch sensitive screens showing a vast collection of images and videos exploring El Paso’s past and present. The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center is one of only 13 free-standing Holocaust Museums in the United States.
Looking for some familiar faces and/or places? West Elm, J Crew, H&M, Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, Northface, Michael Kors, and Banana Republic are just to name a few of what you’ll find no matter what part of town you find yourself. The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso is a colorful, contemporary outlet mall with a food court, kids’ splash pad and free shuttle service. Additionally, El Paso is home to a matchless collection of locally owned Southwest treasures. The retailers represent a variety of multicultural items and accents. Pack comfortable shoes and shop to your heart’s content.
36 acres serve as a regional center for family fun, education, and conservation efforts for wildlife and habitats. It’s home to over 220 species of animals from around the world in several habitat exhibits. The Zoo also offers two cafés and the Safari Outfitters Gift Shop. In 2012, the Zoo was approved for $50 million to complete the Master Plan that is the framework for moving the Zoo forward in an exciting direction. The Zoo will see major improvements as it continues to expand and diversify its wildlife.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park features an aerial cable car situated on nearly 200 acres on the east side of the rugged Franklin Mountains. At the parking area, almost 5,000 feet up, visitors can admire the cacti gardens or watch the tramway gondolas take off before purchasing tickets. Swiss-made gondolas travel 2,600 feet long on a 4-minute ride soaring above a canyon some 240 feet deep. From Ranger Peak, 5,632 feet above sea level, the visitor can enjoy a view of 7,000 square miles, encompassing three states and two nations. Accessible ramps and paved grounds leading into an observation deck with pay-per-view high power telescopes to enhance the experience.