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El Paso, the Spanish term for "The Pass", lies far west in the state of Texas. It is also known as "The Sun City" because it enjoys 302 sunny days, on average, every year. It is perched on the banks of the Rio Grande, which forms a natural border with Juarez, Mexico. The slogan "You better El Paso up" was created to conjure up images of the wild west and attract younger tourists to this resilient and remarkable desert city. Whether you’re on your way to Big Bend National Park or simply enjoying a Texas road trip, driving in El Paso will be a highlight of your trip. You can book your El Paso car rental in advance with Enjoy Travel.
Guide to El Paso
El Paso is a city built on a desert. Therefore, the days are scorchingly hot while the nights can get shiveringly cold. Summers are hot and dry while winters are cold (and also dry!). The monsoon season prevails from July to September so you might need to carry an umbrella if you are visiting during this time of the year. You might also experience some sand and dust storms during the spring season.
Things to do in El Paso
Explore the great outdoors
Start your wild west adventure in El Paso by heading towards the magnificent Franklin Mountains where you can enjoy outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. For unbeatable panoramic views over this 27,000-acre urban park and the city of El Paso, take the Wyler Aerial Tramway to reach the 5,632-foot-tall Ranger Peak. If you're looking for even more challenging climbing, hiking, and biking tracks, then Hueco Tanks State Historic Site might have what you seek.
Culture in El Paso
To experience the city's rich multicultural heritage, visit the El Paso Mission Trail, a 9-mile stretch encompassing churches, museums, and significant cultural landmarks that date back to the 17th-century. To be further immersed in Pre-Columbian and Byzantine-era art, you cannot miss the El Paso Museum of Art. Traveling with kids? They're going to love El Paso Zoo, home to over 200 species of animals, including some rarer varieties.
Eating out in El Paso
For obvious reasons, El Paso is famous for its Tex-Mex cuisine. If you're looking for an authentic introduction into this flavorful world, Café Mayapan should be your go-to. It has a seasonal menu based on the freshest ingredients available, but some of their mouthwatering classics include chiles en nogada and the spicy-yet-chocolatey mole poblano. Festivals are particularly popular times to visit, particularly during Easter and the September Corn festival, to try dishes unavailable at other times of the year. Located near the border of Mexico is Café Central, a popular hangout for late-night drinks and dinner. Their roasted rack of Colorado lamb and cream of green chile soup gets rave reviews. If you are lucky enough to visit between Thursday and Saturday, you're likely to catch a live jazz show.
Transport in El Paso
El Paso International Airport (ELP) serves as the doorway to West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Northern Mexico. Sun Metro is a bus service that operates more than 70 lines within the city.
Driving in El Paso
Car rental services are also widely used as Texas is a large state. Some of the most popular agencies are Thrifty, Budget, and Enterprise. There’s a beautiful road in El Paso known as ‘Scenic Drive’ which has the best views of the city and winds around the mountains.