Best drivable getaways… is El Paso on your list?
Located aside the Franklin Mountains, El Paso is a gateway to culture and scenic beauty in every direction. It is a major stop on IH10 connecting California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. So, whether El Paso is your destination or a stop along the way, your trip will be all the better by knowing what to see and do in the Texas treasure.
About El Paso
El Paso is located at the western tip of Texas, where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico meet. It is the largest international metroplex in the world and seamlessly blends cultures and traditions: from the historic Old West to the colors of Mexico, from the heritage of Native Americans to the beauty of our desert sun. Since the early days when Spanish Conquistadors arrived at the banks of the Rio Grande in 1598, to today, with the millions of visitors who come here on a yearly basis.
Where to stay
Hotel Paso del Norte, Autograph Collection is synonymous with the history and story of El Paso. Built in 1912 and on the National Register of Historic Places, this architectural feat just re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration. It was here that locals and guests watched the Mexican Revolution unfold from the safety of the property’s 10th floor balcony. Managed by Greenwood Hospitality, the hotel has beautifully preserved features such as a Tiffany-style, stained-glass dome ceiling that reaches 25 feet in diameter. Original light fixtures and carvings have been preserved while the glamour of the modern era has been added with luxurious finishes and an open and airy layout that incorporates the hotel’s beautiful views and outdoor spaces. Its 351 luxurious guest rooms are appointed with plush furnishings and curated art pieces. Lavish amenities include the 10th floor rooftop pool, fitness center, spa, boutique, and cigar bar. Plus, Hotel Paso del Norte is located in downtown El Paso—an easy-to-navigate, walkable destination with parks, restaurants, museums, The Plaza Theater, a ball park and convention center. A charming streetcar system connects these downtown attractions.
Where to play
Hotel Paso del Norte is across the street from The Plaza Theater Performing Arts Centre, the Downtown Arts District; and Southwest University Park, home to the El Paso Chihuahuas minor league baseball team. El Paso is known for festivals, with annual celebrations occurring throughout the year. Whether you are interested in the Native American and Mexican cultures, music, wine, or seasonal celebrations like Winterfest—there’s a party in El Paso all year long. (Note, various attractions and events have been impacted by COVID-19.)
The one thing you HAVE to buy here—boots!
El Paso is referred to as the boot capital of the world with numerous boot options from pre-fab to custom designs by local artisans. Hotel Paso del Norte’s boutique Dannah Lane is also a great place for a new pair of kicks.
Where to experience nature
Being located aside the Franklin Mountains, ample outdoor adventures await for hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. El Paso is also a short drive to three National Parks including White Sands, Guadalupe Mountains, and Carlsbad Caverns.
Where to eat
Aside from an authentic culinary scene shaped by the influences of Mexico, the Southwest, Americana, as well as regional produce; El Paso is home to numerous breweries and the El Paso wine trail. Within Hotel Paso del Norte, a distinct culinary scene is the property’s signature feature. Here, diners enjoy the best of El Paso with Sabor. Opening over the next few weeks will be 1700° Steakhouse and the 10th-floor bar and restaurant, El Mirador. Each offers diverse culinary styles with best-in-class offerings. Every element of the experience is curated: exquisite cuisines, extensive libation offerings, décor, lighting, music, styles of service, silver, china, and glassware.
Air Filtration System
To ensure the utmost amenities in safe dining and travel, Hotel Paso del Norte is among the world’s first hotels to open with a virus-killing air filtration system throughout the property. Its state-of-the-art Plasma Air system has been shown to kill 99% of bacteriophage in the air after 10 minutes of use. Common areas, bars, restaurants, hallways, ballrooms, meeting rooms, spa and fitness rooms, and all guest rooms utilize the filtration system.