This formerly sleepy border town has gone from being known as just a U.S.-Mexican crossing point to a must-see destination in its own right. El Paso is effortlessly cool, with its singular cultural heritage (a mix of Mexican, Texan, American and distinctly El Pasoan influences), incredible restaurants, showstopping natural scenery and dusty, charming Old West vibes. El Paso’s big-city neighbor across the border, Ciudad Juarez, has long been plagued by violence and drug gangs, but thankfully, crime has gone down in Juarez in recent years. In fact, El Paso owes much of its booming arts and culture scene to the connective threads that inextricably tie both cities together. Travelers headed to—or passing through—El Paso who take the time to get to know the city and its intoxicating blend of cultures will be richly, and undeniably, rewarded, and any spot on this list is a great place to start.
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