If you are not an American citizen, the straight geographical lines that demarcate states and even national boundaries in this part of the world can be a source of bewilderment. El Paso in the US state of Texas breaks the pattern down south, as to its west the Mexico-US border is a straight affair all the way to the Pacific, while at El Paso and further east the border becomes irregular.
El Paso faces the Mexican city Ciudad Juarez across the border with only the Rio Grande straddled in between. While Americans may move freely across the border and this used to be one of the things that drew people to the city, in recent years the spike in drug-related crime in its Mexican counterpart has made that less attractive. Tourists coming across from the other side of the border require a passport and visa to get in.
The city itself consists of two parts, cut in half by the Franklin Mountains. The arid scenery around the city is an attraction by itself, with for instance the Hueco Tanks State Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park featuring ancient marine fossil reefs nearby. Meanwhile, nearer to the city you can head up the Wyler Aerial Tramway for some magnificent views.
El Paso's downtown area feels like a happy marriage of the American with the Mexican (many people are bilingual here), while in terms of cultural offerings you can check out El Paso Museum of Art and the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens as well as the Magoffin Home State Historic Site (an 1875 home in Territorial architectural style). Obviously the Fort Bliss museum needs to be checked out, as do the zoo and Plaza Theatre. Shopping and nightlife (especially at Cincinnati Entertainment District) is good and varied.
Oh, and obviously in terms of food you will be spoilt for choice, with everything ranging from proper Mexican food to steakhouses and Tex Mex and any other cuisine you can probably think of. [Review by travelindicator]
- El Paso is a city in United States's region of Texas. It has a population of 674,433, is situated at an altitude of 3704ft and the best airport to fly into is ELP (El Paso International Airport, El Paso)
- The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
- Note: El Paso is a good point of entry for trips to United States as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)
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- More info on visiting the Magoffin Home State Historic Site
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A most useful guide can be found here at Planetware. More information can be found on the El Paso Lonely Planet or El Paso Wikitravel pages. Funnily enough this hotel provides a good breakdown of attractions, while if you are looking for inspiration for places to eat, you can head here.
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