One of the biggest cities in West Texas, located along the southern border of the state near Juarez, Mexico, El Paso offers a mountain desert environment that makes it popular among outdoor enthusiasts but you’ll find plenty of things to do here indoors and out. The difficult part is deciding how to fit it in on a weekend trip.
Whether you’re planning a visit to tour El Paso houses for sale or just want to enjoy a short getaway, this is how you can make the most of your time.
Start at Franklin Mountain State Park
One of the best ways you can start your weekend is to take the Wyler Aerial Tramway in Franklin Mountain State Park, enjoying amazing views while soaring high above the Franklin Mountains. It travels up to the top of Ranger Peak at more than 5,630 feet above sea level. Once there, the observation deck provides more jaw-dropping panoramic views. After your ride, you can hike or mountain bike more than 100 miles of trails and search for petroglyphs created by Native American tribes.
Discover El Paso’s Heritage
Delve into the city’s heritage by heading to the Mission Trail which will bring you to its oldest historic missions, including the 1681 Ysleta Mission, part of a community that’s existed for three centuries as the state’s oldest continuously occupied settlement. It also passes the Socorro Mission and San Elizario Chapel,museums, state and national landmarks, galleries, award-winning eateries, and more.
As a border town, there is plenty of colorful Mexican culture and some of the best authentic Mexican fare in the Southwest. L & J Cafe is a local landmark that dates back to 1927 and is frequently voted as the best Mexican restaurant by the locals. Located in the heart of the city, it offers no shortage of delicious dishes that can be enjoyed with memorable margaritas. It’s so good that many celebrities have made a point of stopping here over the years from Sam Elliott to Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, and even Martha Stewart.
The Plaza Theatre is the place to go for a great live show, built in 1929 hosting live music and Broadway shows in a magnificent historic environment with antiques, mosaic floors, painted ceilings and wrought iron details.
On Sunday you might go museum hopping. El Paso Museum of Art was founded in 1959 and offers a permanent collection with works created by both American and Mexican artists, ranging from drawings and paintings to photographs. It’s free to visit the National Border Patrol Museum which has become increasingly popular, with everything from exhibits on weapons to patrol vehicles.
The El Paso Holocaust Museum was created in memory of Holocaust victims and includes exhibits on World War II and a gallery that features Holocaust survivors. Learn more about military history and view a variety of artifacts and military vehicles that date as far back as 1849 at the Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum.
El Paso Zoo
Perhaps cap off your time in El Paso at the zoo. The 35-acre zoo offers lush greenery and natural habitats from animals from African, the Americas, and Asia. There are personal animal encounter opportunities where guests can get close up to everything from eagles to monkeys.