While you’re in El Paso for the conference, stay the weekend before or after to check out all the city has to offer with family, friends, or colleagues. Keep reading to find out why El Paso was selected as host and the hidden gems we discovered.
El Paso provides a rich, multicultural experience, authentic cuisine, the bustle of a city, and breathtaking landscapes nearby all while staying in the United States. While not yet burdened with overtourism, the city still offers a vibrant and multi-faceted experience to all who visit.
With the sun shining down on El Paso 302 days out of the year, a golden glow is cast over the city, earning its nickname of Sun City. The Chihuahuan Desert encompasses the region, offering delegates plenty in the realm of outdoor adventuring. Try sledding or horseback riding at White Sands National Monument, the world’s largest gypsum sand dune. Or head over to Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest state park in an urban setting. The park welcomes adventurers of all degrees for activities like biking, rock climbing, camping, or scenic hiking where visitors can view all of the canyons, cliffs, and caverns that Texas’ only mountain range has to offer.
In the heart of the city, you’ll have good chances of catching one of many festivals thrown throughout the year. During SMART Airports catch Viva! El Paso which is an outdoor musical extravaganza performed in the beautiful McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. Be sure to order a margarita while you’re here in the city rumored to have made the first one back in 1940. If all this wasn’t enough, El Paso boasts being one of the country’s top 10 safest cities, making it the perfect family-friendly getaway. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in a new culture, relax and rejuvenate, become one with nature, or fiesta ‘til the sun comes up, El Paso’s got you covered.
It is likely El Paso’s unique location is what helped make the city so distinctive. El Paso, also commonly known as El Chuco, is located at the far west tip of Texas and the southernmost point of the Rocky Mountains. In addition, the city is at the center of 2 countries (the U.S. and Mexico), and 3 states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua). The community has strong influence from Mexican, Native American, Western American, and Spanish cultures, offering every visitor a unique, lively experience.
Interested in exploring the El Paso’s Native American heritage? Try visiting the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center to experience the oldest tribe in Texas, the Tigua Indians, through dance, pottery making, bread baking, storytelling, a marketplace selling authentic Tigua goods and much more.
Want to take a step back in history? Travel along the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and follow the footsteps of El Paso’s ancestors who trekked this Spanish colonial “Royal Road” for over 300 years. The trail has been recognized by UNESCO for being the genesis of shared cultures between the Spanish and the Amerindian, and can be visited right here in El Paso!
How about being a cowboy and journeying out to the Wild West? Make a visit over to Indian Cliffs Ranch to see the Southwest as it once was in the Old West. Tour the ranch and all it has to offer, including native plants and wildlife, an antique wagon collection, old working stable areas, a western town, and the set of many famous western movies. After, grab a steak dinner from the renowned Cattleman’s Steakhouse.
For more ideas on what to see and what to do, head over to Visit El Paso. If you come to visit, make sure to let us know! Post your photos on social media using #itsallgoodep and #SMARTAirportsElPaso and share your experience at the conference.
Next Step? Register for SMART Airports (link here: https://smart-airports.com/sar/event/register/), and prepare for your visit by reading our next article to tap into the foodie in all of us.
Links to References in Article:
White Sands National Monument: https://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm
Franklin Mountains State Park: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/franklin-mountains
Top 10 Safest Cities: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-metro-cities/
Yselta Del Sur Pueblo: http://www.ysletadelsurpueblo.org/tourism-hospitality/cultural-center
Viva! El Paso: https://vivaelpaso.org/
El Camino Real de Tierro Adentro: https://www.nps.gov/elca/index.htm
Indian Cliffs Ranch: http://www.cattlemansranch.com/indiancliffsranch.htm
Visit El Paso: https://visitelpaso.com/