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Best Things to Do in El Paso

Ah the Sun City, otherwise known as El Chuco, but most commonly referred to as El Paso. Set along the Rio Grande, El Paso is a major metropolitan area of western Texas. Home to Fort Bliss, Sun City is reached by Interstate 10 by roadtrippers, and the El Paso International Airport by those looking to fly in and have some fun.

Here are some suggested things to do during your time in El Paso:

History Lessons

Founded in 1680, El Paso has some serious bragging rights when it comes to historic sites. Check out the Chamizal National Memorial – operated by the National Park Service – or stroll through the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, the El Paso Museum of History, and the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center.

More historic information is found at the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso, the 1875 Magoffin Home State Historic Site, and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

El Paso Texas Attractions

Explore the many historic sites of El Paso.

Go Outside

If you’re trying to get active in El Paso, hit a few rounds at the Ascarate Municipal Golf Course, the Horizon City Golf Course, and the Underwood Golf Complex. You can also get crazy at the 25,000-acre Franklin Mountains State Park – an aerial view of which you can see from the Wyler Aerial Tramway.

Grab a Drink

The Buena Vista neighborhood, neighboring the University of Texas at El Paso in the western part of the city, is your place for restaurants and nightlife. Pop in to the coffee shops, bars, and eateries along Cincinnati Avenue, and the surrounding area.

Find a Festival

El Paso is packed with activity and events, from cultural to promoting active lifestyle. Check out the Amigo Airsho, the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo, the KLAQ Great River Raft Race, the El Paso Balloonfest, and the three-day Fiesta de las Flores.

For you culture vultures, try to catch the Neon Desert Music Festival, the Sun City Music Festival, the Plaza Classic Film Festival, El Paso Downtown Street Festival, and the Texas Showdown Festival – a mega tattoo and musical festival at El Paso County Coliseum. For you summer visitors, check out the concert series Alfresco Fridays, Cool Canyon Nights, and Music Under the Stars.

El Paso Texas Attractions

Trek through beautiful outdoor Sun City.

Catch a Show

The performing arts scene is vibrant in El Paso. Watch the history of Sun City with Viva! El Paso – a weekly performance during the summer at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. You can also check the event calendar at the UTEP Dinner Theater, and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Broadway in El Paso, and Ballet in El Paso.

Game Time

If you’re a sports fan, El Paso does not disappoint. El Paso hosts the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl college football game, plus the many other varsity teams at University of Texas at El Paso, including the UTEP Miners men and women’s basketball, softball, and soccer.

Other El Paso teams include the El Paso Rhinos hockey team and the El Paso Coyotes soccer team at Sierra Providence Event Center, and the El Paso Chihuahuas baseball team – an affiliate of the San Diego Padres – at Southwest University Park.

Museum Hop

El Paso is also popping with cultural centers. Check out the El Paso Museum of Art, the Insights El Paso Science Museum, and the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium. Additional museums unique to Sun City includes the National Border Patrol Museum, the Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center, and the War Eagles Air Museum in nearby Santa Teresa, New Mexico.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Anthony/West El Paso

9401 S Desert Boulevard, Anthony TX 79821-5200
Phone: +1 915-886-3333  |  Fax: (915) 886-2521  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western East El Paso Inn

1570 Clint Cut Off Road, Clint TX 79836
Phone: +1 915-851-2882  |  Fax: (915) 851-1635  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Sunland Park Inn

1045 Sunland Park Drive, El Paso TX 79922-1325
Phone: +1 915-587-4900  |  Fax: (915) 587-4950  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus El Paso Airport Hotel & Conference Center

6655 Gateway Boulevard W, El Paso TX 79925-3617
Phone: +1 915-778-6411  |  Fax: (915) 778-6517  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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