There has been a thriving settlement in El Paso since Spanish Conquistadors arrived on the banks of the Rio Grande in 1598. El Paso is located at the western tip of Texas, where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico meet. It seamlessly blends cultures and traditions: from the historic Old West to the colors of Mexico and the heritage of Native Americans. The mountains cut through the heart of the city, so what better way for visitors to get a panoramic view of the city than a ride the Wyler Aerial Tramway to Ranger Peak.
You won't want to miss the old Spanish missions on the historic Mission Trail – eight of the most historic miles in the United States – built by Native Americans in the late seventeenth century. The area was also home to famous outlaws Pancho Villa and Billy the Kid. The city has also become known as the Boot Capital of the World – see our guide to buying boots below