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Known for being one of the safest (and sunniest) cities in America, El Paso, Texas, has plenty to offer visitors, but it’s also the perfect base for some day trips. Here Culture Trip lists some of the best places to visit while in this culturally rich border city.
If you’re looking for some interesting history, Mount Cristo Rey is just a short drive away in Sunland Park, New Mexico. It is about a 4.5mi (7km) hike to the top, where you will encounter amazing views of both El Paso and Juárez, Mexico, plus a 29ft (9m) high limestone statue built in 1939. Mount Cristo Rey is isolated from El Paso and is difficult to find, so be sure to call or look online for directions.
Ciudad Juárez, in Chihuahua, Mexico, a city of 1.5m people, has long been known as a destination with great nightlife. Unfortunately, the violence that peaked in 2006 destroyed much of city’s after-hours activities. But that has been decreasing since 2012, and people are starting to enjoy the city once again. Bars, restaurants and clubs are all now reopening as a result of the push from the locals to create a vibrant new environment. And with everything from inexpensive movies to hip bars, you won’t find yourself bored in Juárez. It’s cheap, too; as a local reportedly once said, “With $3, I have money to blow in Juárez.”
Whether you need some alone time in a cabin in the woods or want to do some winter skiing, Ruidoso has you covered. There are also plenty of cabins to rent for a romantic getaway for you and that special someone. There is skiing and snowboarding during the winter (at Ski Apache) and hiking during the summer. Or maybe you just want to hit the slots at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. Whatever your preference, there is plenty to explore in Ruidoso.