El Paso is a special town. Because it is not only located right next to the border between Texas and New Mexico, but also near the one between the United States and Mexico. Ciudad Juárez is the Mexican city that lies on the other side of the border, formed by the river Rio Grande. Thanks to its location, El Paso is famous for its (Texan) Mexican food.
East El Paso is the largest and fastest growing area in El Paso. East El Paso is known for its ridges and cliffs, which will give you amazing views of the lower valley, Franklin Mountains State Park, and downtown El Paso. Another plus of East El Paso? It is home to the greatest number of entertainment venues in the city. Stay in a hotel around here to be close to the El Paso Zoo, the El Paso Museum of Art, and city market.
Another fast growing part of El Paso is Northwest El Paso, also known as West El Paso, or the West Side. It is the greenest part of the area, thanks to the Franklin Mountains State Park. Furthermore, it is a great area to stay at with kids, since this is where you will find fun attractions suited perfectly for younger visitors. Next, Northwest El Paso is home to Western Playland Amusement Park, Adventure Zone, and Bob-O’s Family Fun Center.
Downtown El Paso contains some of the city’s oldest districts. The heart of the city is a thriving urban community, with a lot of sights and landmarks that beg exploring. Two of the neighborhoods in Downtown El Paso are especially known for their cultural Hispanic character. The first is El Segundo Barrio, also called the ‘other Ellis Island,’ as many immigrate through the area. The second one is Chichuahuita. Wander along the murals and enjoy the authentic Mexican food.
There is a reason El Paso is known for its beauty. Hiking, mountain biking, or admiring the view in the city can be done year-round in Franklin Mountains State Park. After all, this is the largest urban park in the country. Furthermore, this is also where you will find the Wyler Aerial Tramway. This is good to know in case you want to see the view but do not feel like hiking or biking up there.
Are you traveling with your dog? Pick one of the many pet-friendly hotels in El Paso. Make sure to research the location of the hotel because maybe you might prefer to stay close to the Franklin Mountains State Park?
The city’s local airport is El Paso International Airport. Check out the hotels nearby because it may be easier for you to stay close to the airport during your first or last night in El Paso, depending on your flight times.
Ciudad Juárez’ Airport is also near El Paso, so maybe that works out even better for you. There are also several hotels near Abraham Gonzalez International Airport.