El Paso Flights:
Flights to El Paso
Situated in the far west of the US state of Texas is the city of El Paso. It’s the sixth largest city in the state and sits right by the border with Mexico. This proximity to Mexico means that El Paso has many Mexican influences and is an attractive city to visit.
The El Paso International Airport (airport code: ELP) is about 6.5 kilometres (4 miles) outside the city, and is fairly small as international airports go. You can get to and from the airport by public bus, taxi or rental car. Only Delta Airlines has a 1-stop flight to El Paso when you are arriving from Johannesburg, and it has a connection in Atlanta. Virgin Atlantic goes through London and Chicago, but British Airways will take you to London and then Phoenix for their flights to El Paso.
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The Tourist Attractions in El Paso:
With its mix of Mexican and American El Paso has an interesting variety of attractions and things to see and do, where being able to speak Spanish will get you a long way!
Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens
Combining natural history and cultural history the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens is a popular museum in El Paso and it’s located on the University of Texas campus. Focusing on both the local natural and cultural history of the American Southwest and Mexico they have some very good permanent exhibits. The gardens have over 600 species of plants that are native to the Greater Chihuahuan Desert Region and the plants are presented in a number of different themed gardens.
Museum of Archaeology at Wilderness Park
The Museum of Archaeology at Wilderness Park is a popular museum with families as it’s set within the Wilderness Park where you can also enjoy a number of scenic walking trails, providing wonderful views of the Franklin Mountains. The museum exhibits show life in the past through reconstructions and artefacts.
Other El Paso Museums
El Paso has an excellent selection of museums in addition to the above two. These include: the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History, the National Border Patrol Museum, Insights El Paso Science Museum, and the El Paso Holocaust Museum.
A fine example of a traditional adobe style home is the Magoffin Homestead, now officially called the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. Built in 1875 this home combines adobe with Greek revival and has impressively thick walls and a total of 19 rooms and 8 fireplaces.
El Paso Zoo
For a slection of animals from around the world visit the El Paso Zoo. The sea lion exhibit is well known for the daily shows that take place here, and in addition to the sea lions there are around 240 other species represented at the zoo including some that are endangered.
When Should You Visit?:
Nicknamed ‘The Sun City’ El Paso certainly has its share of sun, shining here an average of 302 days per year. The arid climate means it’s fairly dry here too. Summer months are the hottest, with average high temperatures ranging from 31 to 36C between May and September. Winters are quite mild though because El Paso is at a high elevation nights can be cold. In January the average high is 14C and the low -1C.