Head over to the westernmost city in Texas to experience El Paso’s unique southern charm. Situated along the United States and Mexican border, El Paso is one of the largest cities in Texas and is a neighbor of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. The city is also known as “The Sun City” because it enjoys 315 days of sunshine a year.
El Paso’s desert landscape and mountain ranges are part of the Chihuahuan Desert and the city is divided into 4 main districts. The Downtown area has many small shops and cafes, historic buildings, and a grand plaza. The Westside is the entertainment center that features ethnic restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The Northeast has one of the largest U.S. military bases and the Eastside is home to the Mission Trails and the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site.
One of the best ways to experience this unique city is with a rental car. Since many attractions are far apart, renting a car offers convenience and flexibility. This way, you can navigate the city center or explore the great outdoors for an exciting day of hiking, biking, or rock climbing any time you like.
El Paso is a multicultural city with a long history, spanning 400 years. Cultural highlights include the El Paso Museum of Art, the Mission Trail, and the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. The El Paso Museum of Art has over 5,000 art pieces that celebrate American, Mexican, and European art from the twelfth to eighteenth century. Ysleta Mission is the oldest Spanish mission church in Texas and houses more than 300 years of cultural blending between the Tigua Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and American communities. At the Tigua Indian Cultural Center, visitors can also learn about the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Native Americans and sample traditional foods, watch ancient tribal performances, or go on a guided tour.
For aerial views of the city, drive to the Wyler Aerial Tramway and take a gondola to the top of Rangers Peak. During the four-minute ride, learn about the desert wildlife and diverse fauna. At the top of the peak, take in expansive 7,000-mile views of three states and two countries.
For an epic day trip, drive out of the city center and head to Guadalupe Mountains National Park to see El Capitan, the highest peak in Texas. Guadalupe Mountains National Park also has 80 miles of hiking trails and is a great place to spot golden eagles, amphibians, and butterflies. Closer to the city center, you can also experience Hueco Tanks State Historic Site for bird watching, rock climbing, and picnics. The national park also offers 20 campsites, so you can easily transform a day trip into an overnight camping adventure.
With our low rates and wide selection of rental cars at Orbitz, such as compact cars or SUVs, the choice is yours. Why not navigate El Paso’s multicultural city center or head out to the surrounding desert, national parks, wine country, and mountain ranges? Adventures await.