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You're Going to Love El Paso

El Paso is an American city that doesn't feel American - in a good way. Although it has everything vacationers could need, from safe neighborhoods to grocery stores, museums and family entertainment options, this border city is romantic, magical and different. So step into another world by organizing your next getaway to the Texas-Mexico border.

El Paso offers so many ways to escape. Head to the Hueco Tanks, with their rainwater pools, rock formations and Native American markings. Visit the Chihuahuan Gardens in full bloom. Hike in the Franklin Mountains or tuck into an authentic Mexican feast at Forti's. Wherever you go, forgetting about your worries is simple.

You can cross the border to shop in Mexico, head to Sunland Park in New Mexico for an afternoon's entertainment and be back in Texas for a BBQ meal, all in the same day. Not many vacations can offer that kind of experience, so make El Paso your next getaway destination.

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When to Visit El Paso

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El Paso is at its best when the weather is mild and dry, which is generally between April and May and October and November. At those times, you can expect temperatures of around 70 degrees and very little rain. High summer can be uncomfortably hot (over 100 degrees on many days), so schedule your trip in the shoulder seasons for the best experiences.

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Where to Stay in El Paso

Finding a comfortable place to sleep in El Paso isn't hard, but the selection of genuine luxury accommodation options is limited. Some of the best places in the city include the Indigo El Paso Downtown, which is conveniently located and the Camino Real El Paso, which features a rooftop pool and terrace. More affordable options include the Gateway Hotel, which is friendly and close to the Mexican border, which suits visitors who want to visit Juarez during their stay.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to shop at unique independent stores, Downtown El Paso is the best neighborhood to visit. The city is particularly famous for its leather boot makers, so if you need a new pair, head to local artisan stores like J.B. Hill's or Justin's. Souvenir stores are located all over town, but the best place to find Western or Mexican themed gifts is Southwest Treasures on Texas Avenue. If all you want is a conventional mall, there are many options. Cielo Vista in eastern El Paso is probably the best, with stores including Dillard's, Sear's and J.C. Penney.

Groceries and Other

The best places to shop for groceries are supermarkets like Albertsons and El Super, although there are also upscale grocery stores like Sprouts, as well as an excellent farmers market in Union Plaza every Saturday morning. Prices are generally quite low. Expect to pay less than $3 for a gallon of milk and around $1.20 for a pound of apples, so self-catering can save vacationers a lot of money.

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Where to Eat in El Paso

El Paso's dining scene is heavily slanted towards Texas BBQ and Mexican cuisine, and there are some superb places to eat out. For big portions and authentic ribs or BBQ beef, Smokey's Pit Stop and Saloon is an excellent choice. Slightly more upmarket eateries include Forti's, a Mexican restaurant that serves El Paso's finest fajitas and offers live piano music. Avila's is another family operated restaurant, and their enchiladas are not to be missed. But look around, as Downtown El Paso is full of great restaurant choices. The food shouldn't be expensive, with dinner at a midrange place costing less than $15 and elite restaurants charging less than $30.