Nicknamed “Sun City”, after the name was changed from “Six Shooter Capital” to be more politically correct I suppose, El Paso is hot in climbing the ladder of places to visit, temperature, and spicy foods. They claim 300 days of sunny weather and their heat is dry (Chihuahuan) desert heat, so you may even have many good hair days while visiting.
More importantly, the beauty of El Paso will blow you away. Stunning mountains and desert scenery make this Texas city a unique destination! El Paso also has a blended culture that works well for them between different nationalities and countries. Here is what I recommend doing, seeing, eating, and drinking on your visit.
What to See in El Paso
Adventure lovers should definitely take the Wyler Aerial Tramway gondola ride that makes its way through rugged canyons up to the Franklin Mountains for exceptional views. From the viewing platform, you can see 7,000 square miles; overlooking Mexico and three states across the Chihuahuan Desert. Photos of the ride to the top and around the platform are stunning. The thrill of riding in that gondola may a bit nerve-wrecking for those afraid of heights, but well worth the four minute long ride to the top.
Those seeking culture should see an event at the historic Plaza Theatre. This theatre features concerts, musicals, and entertainments all year long, plus the venue is exquisite. Most recently Phantom of the Opera performed for three weeks and it was utterly amazing in this theatre, whose decor matched perfectly. Check to see what is playing while you are in town.
History lovers should tour the Magoffin Home, an adobe homestead and the most famous home, made of territorial style architecture, in El Paso. When Joseph and Octavia Magoffin, successful mercantile business owners, moved here in 1856, the town was a frontier town. They helped El Paso with westward expansion and US/Mexico relations. Their house, now owned by fourth generation family members, was added to the National Historic Register in 1971.
What to Do in El Paso
Since 1883, Lucchese (pronounced Lou Casey) has been making top-of-the-line classic cowboy boots. Ranker.com rates Lucchese as the top boot maker in the world, coming in much higher than the other brands mentioned. These hand-tooled and hand-stitched delights are enough to make your heart race and your wallet cry, all at the same time. Garnering the utmost quality, owning a pair of Lucchese boots is as desirable as driving a foreign sports car. Call for a tour of the facility and try on the boots of your dreams at one of their two outlet locations in El Paso. Lucchese has retail stores in four other Texas cities as well as Santa Fe, NM, and Nashville, TN. Cowboy boots do not come any better than this!
Children will appreciate the El Paso Zoo’s bird show, plethora of animals, and feeding their adorable giraffes. Over 220 animals in total. Kids will be drawn to the cool splash pads, carousel, and wildlife theater.
Unleash your inner shopper at The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, with big names including Nike, H&M, and The North Face.
Bring the whole family to an El Paso Chihuahua’s baseball game, a triple A minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres. The team plays at the Southwest University Park and tickets start at $5 per person. The park boasts great fun and the crowds love their home team!
Where to Eat in El Paso
Stop by Hotel Indigo’s Downtowner for some mouth-watering Spicy Dip with tortilla chips. They has a lovely restaurant with great views and a superb menu.
Cattleman’s Steakhouse, in Fabens, Texas, is the place to go for a succulent steak, fresh seafood, and a classic steakhouse experience. They have been serving the community for over 40 years. Make a day out of it at this legendary steakhouse by exploring their children’s petting zoo or playground, movie sets, lake walk, or snake pit. Don’t miss their scrumptious side dishes and Bbq-Beef Cubes. While in Texas, add the Tampiquena Topping to your steak: Asadero cheese melted over roasted green chilies, onions, and tomatoes.
On the go? The Chase the Taste food truck offered delicious burgers with none other than hatch chile peppers, a Southwestern must have topping.
Try something unique by dining while catching your favorite flick at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. How cool is that? This theater features award wining cuisine such as Omivore Pizza, Ropa Vieja, Spicy Blue Cheese Burger, and Crispy Buffao Cauliflower. Craft beers, milk shakes, sodas, and handcrafted cocktails are also available. For your convenience, food and drinks are delivered to you at your theater seat.
Where to Drink in El Paso
Allegedly the margarita was created at Tommy’s Place Bar, downtown El Paso, in 1945. Stop by and try one!
Wine lovers will flock to Zin Valle Vineyards. Two of their most popular wines were the Rising Star red zinfandel and the Gewürztraminer semi-sweet, a clean and crisp wine with honeysuckle aromas. They would be perfect paired with the cheese and fruit so consider bringing some with you.
The Dome Bar, at the Hotel Paso Del Norte (soon to be a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel), should be visited not only for their clever cocktails (Marshmallow and Toasted Coconut martinis), but also for its 80 year old Tiffany glass dome. It is stunning!
Where to Stay in El Paso
Hotel Indigo, a darling and trendy boutique hotel with a roof top pool, is a great place for your El Paso visit. Does anyone really need more than that? Okay, how about stellar cocktails, city views, delicious onsite restaurant, and hallways that smell like a spa? Sign me up! Their 120 rooms are the perfect mix of stylish and functional. I slept like a baby in that awesome bed and loved how unique the decor was. Much different from anywhere else I have ever stayed.
El Paso really stole my heart. Its lively blend of Mexican and American cultures was seamless and I found it refreshing. El Paso’s businesses seem to have found a nice balance integrated their cultures in a successful and positive way. Did you know that El Paso has been voted one of the safest US cities with population over 500,000 for four years now? I was not expecting to love El Paso at first sight, but I did. I adore Texas! How about you?
A special thank you to Visit El Paso Tourism for hosting me to El Paso for a fabulous trip. As with all of my posts, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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