The city of El Paso stands on the Rio Grande, and lies across the intersection of the States of Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua, and is home to around 650,000 people that are predominantly of Hispanic descent. At one point in time, it was ranked as the safest large city in the US for consecutive years, and has been in the top three over the last two decades owing to its strong federal and military presence.
What to see & do
El Paso is a place to visit for adventurous people. Cycling is a popular activity in its park which is known to be the largest urban park in the US, with over 24,000 acres of land to explore, and the warm weather in the area allows rock climbers to take a hike over the Hueco Tanks even during winter. For the art lovers, the El Paso Museum of Art is a great place to visit and it is known to house the Madonna and Child. Another must-see attraction is Fort Bliss, the largest air defence training centre in the Western world, whose exhibits focus on the history of air defence artillery since 1917, including an outdoor weapons park. For history lovers, one activity worth doing is a trip down the nine-mile trail of Mission Ysleta, Socorro Mission and the presidio chapel of San Elizario. And for those who wish to view the city in a different light, a stop at Scenic Drive is a must for viewing city lights and the sunrise at the little Murchison Park. If you are lucky enough, concerts and dance performances are hosted throughout the year at the Chamizal National Memorial which is a large park in the southern part of El Paso.
How to get around within El Paso
There are many ways to get around El Paso and the most notable is Sun Metro’s bus service, which operates to 47 routes citywide, with the only downside of service being it stopping early in the evening. Although it is not considered practical, the easiest way to explore the entirety of El Paso is by renting a car at the airport or on Fort Bliss, otherwise, travelling via taxi is also possible but take note that different companies run through different parts of the city. Travelling by foot is also possible since what can be seen downtown and in the UTEP area are accessible to pedestrians, but walking is not advised during the summer due to the high temperatures.
How to get there
The El Paso International Airport is known to cater to majority of domestic and international trips, with more than 50 airlines travelling in and out of El Paso. Getting to El Paso by air within the US is easy since major airlines serve direct flights to the area such as the American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Airlines and the US Airways, to name a few. International airlines that serve hauls to El Paso include Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Asia, British Airways, Delta Airways, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, to name a few. Some of the destinations it serves include Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Atlanta.
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