El Paso, Texas, is one of those cities that tempt visitors to stay longer than they intended. The city has a timeless approach to life which is partly due to the endless summers and the vibrant mix of cultures. The Rio Grande is all that separates El Paso from Mexico, but this geographic feature is not the attraction visitors from far and wide come to experience. What captures the hearts and minds of visitors is the captivating scenery, especially what you can see from Franklin Mountains State Park.
Endless Panoramic Views
Franklin Mountains State Park is a stunning place for those who want to see El Paso in all its glory. Reachable by a short 25-minute drive from El Paso International Airport (ELP), the park is easy to navigate once you've arrived. Pick up your car at the National Car Rental desk located near Baggage Claim and head out on your journey through the city.
What makes this trip unique is that guests have more than one way to reach the summit of North Franklin Peak. The first is a hike up the mountain which provides a moderate challenge for those who have some experience in hiking. Those who prefer to keep the heat at bay and make their way to the summit a little less strenuously can do so with the Wyler Aerial Tramway. This three-minute trip to the top provides photo-worthy views of El Paso.
Where to Eat, Park, and Stay in El Paso
Scenic views and endless vistas have a way of tickling the taste buds. Thankfully, after exploring all the summit has to offer, visitors can make their way to nearby restaurants that are all located within 2 miles from the tramway. These stops include House of Pizza and Mo'z Bar-B-Que, which offer some respite from canteen food and stuffy business lunches.
El Paso has some distinctive accommodations such as the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel and Water Park. This site provides a refreshing interruption from the blazing El Paso sun thanks to its many swimming pools. You can also find the Best Western Plus El Paso Airport & Hotel Conference Center as a place to kick your shoes off and relax during your stay in El Paso. Both locations are a short distance from the El Paso International Airport.
El Paso also features numerous parking options near its conference centers. There are many public parking spaces in the central business hub of El Paso.