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Top 10 Tourist Attractions of El Paso, Texas

  1. The Mission Trail
Ysleta Mission of The Mission Trail

Taking the Mission Trail is one of the best ways to understand the multicultural history of Texas. The trail consists of some of the most important Spanish missions in the state. The highlight is the Ysleta Mission which was built in the 17th century. It is the oldest of its kind in Texas. The other Spanish missions in the trail are the San Elizario and the Socorro Mission. The Ysleta Mission is recognized as one of the oldest communities in the state.

 

  1. The National Border Patrol Museum
The National Border Patrol Museum

The National Border Patrol Museum offers a close look at the US Border Patrol. It might look ordinary from the outside but it is quite extraordinary on the inside. The top highlight is the huge collection of Jeeps, motorcycles, boats and patrol vehicles. There are also aircraft and helicopters. Other interesting exhibits include uniforms, weapons, badges, art and photos. The museum is also home to the 55 acre Chamizal National Memorial which is dedicated towards settling disputes between Mexico and America.

 

  1. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

The Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located some 100 miles from the city of El Paso. Even though it’s a bit far from the city, it’s a tourist attraction that is worth a visit. Inside the park, you get to see wildlife like mini wild pigs and Golden Eagles. The park is also home to about 90 species of butterflies. A popular attraction is Guadalupe Peak, which is the highest point in Texas. Another popular attraction is El Capitan, which is a rock formation. The Guadalupe Mountains National Park is home to more than 80 trails and is very popular with hikers.

 

  1. Franklin Mountains State Park
Gunsight Pass Shelter at the Franklin Mountains State Park

The Franklin Mountains State Park is the biggest urban park in America, lying completely within a city. Spread over 24,247.56 acres, it is a popular destination throughout the year. Popular activities at the park include picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. A lot of people also go for long drives inside the park. Because of the underdeveloped nature of the park, much of it is away from access roads. If you are interested in a hiking trip, then you can access the park from the Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive. If hiking doesn’t interest you, then you can go for rock climbing. There are marked climbing areas at the McKelligon Canyon.

 

  1. El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso Museum of Art

The El Paso Museum of Art is home to more than 5000 pieces of art. This collection contains art from all across the world starting from the 12th to 18th centuries. The America collection contains art by artists like Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington. It also contains portraits made by Thomas Sully, Gilbert Stuart and Rembrandt Peale. Other than that, the museum also houses drawings, prints, photos, watercolor paintings and posters.

 

  1. El Paso Zoo
El Paso Zoo

The El Paso Zoo is an interesting assortment of animals from all over the world. It’s a great place for a day out with your family. Enjoy exploring sections like Animals of the Americas, Animals of Asia and Animals of Africa. Each of them houses many species of animals of various sizes. The Animals of the Americas exhibit contains animals like sea lions and Mexican wolves. Animals of Africa contains animals like Egyptian geese and African lions. Animals of Asia contains animals like Malayan tigers and Sumatran orangutans. Kids can take part in the Zoo Adventure Programs and get close to animals like monkeys, sea lions or tortoises.

 

  1. Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens
Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

The Centennial Museum was built to commemoratw the 100th anniversary of Texas. It features exhibits related to the cultural and natural history of Mexico and the Southwest. Situated on the premises of the University of Texas, the museum is home to both temporary and permanent exhibits on  subjects like paleontology, ethnology, archaeology and geology. A trip to the museum includes a visit to the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. It is home to more than 600 species of plants which are native to the Chihuahuan Desert. The museum and the gardens are both free for visitors.

 

  1. Wyler Aerial Tramway
Wyler Aerial Tramway

The Wyler Aerial Tramway is located inside the Franklin Mountains State Park. It features a cable car which sits on top of rocky formations and rugged mountains. Located on the eastern side of the park, the tramway enables you to enjoy views of the city from 5630 feet above sea level. As a visitor, you get to see more than just El Paso. You actually get to see three states spread across two nations. The view spans across an area of about 7000 sq miles. The tramway is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of southwestern America. Just driving up to the platform is a lot of fun. You have to drive through a road which is located on the eastern side of the Franklin Mountains, with magnificent views. At the end of the drive, you arrive at a parking lot situated at a height of 4690 feet. The total trip inside the cable car takes about four minutes.

 

  1. Magoffin Home State Historic Site
Magoffin Home State Historic Site

The Magoffin Home State Historic Site was built towards the end of the 19th century. It was built by Joseph Magoffin, who was a prominent businessman. The adobe brick walls keep the house cool during the summer months. These same walls do a great job of keeping the house warm during winter months. The building is divided into three wings and each of them was built at different times. The last section was built for connecting the two wings which were built earlier. The Magoffin Home  includes very high ceilings and ancient fireplaces. Many of the original furniture pieces are still on display.

 

  1. Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

The Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is a historical site located at the Hueco Tanks (a region comprising of low mountains). It covers an area of about 50 square kilometers. The park is very popular with birdwatchers and rock climbers. Native Americans regard it as a site of spiritual significance. As a visitor at the park, you can take part in activities like picnicking, rock climbing, bird watching or hiking. You can also simply relax and enjoy the natural beauty. The park is home to 20 campsites for those who want to hike and stay overnight. Guided tours of the park are available.

Originally posted 2017-06-28 10:33:43.

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