El Paso's strategic location along the Rio Grande in southwest Texas makes it the commercial hub of the entire region. It's also a center for a diverse mix of recreational and cultural pursuits. When you vacation in El Paso, the possibilities for leisure and relaxation are plentiful.
Take some time to experience the arts in El Paso. The El Paso Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of European art spanning the 12th through the 18th centuries. Attend plays, concerts and other performances at either the Abraham Chavez Theatre or the Plaza Theatre.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway is in Franklin Mountains State Park, just outside El Paso. It transports you to the very top of Ranger Peak, where you're rewarded with memorable 360-degree views. El Paso car rentals give you the freedom to further explore the region. Try a trip up the Scenic Drive to the overlook at the end of the day. As day surrenders to night, the sparkling cityscape will have you reaching for your camera.
The Fort Bliss Museum is a military museum with excellent outdoor displays of helicopters and artillery. Indoors, learn more about armored military vehicles used as far back as World War I. View a movie at the Freedom Center Theater.
Balloonfest is a Memorial Day weekend event that combines colorful hot-air balloon launches with live music and food. Another late-May event is the Neon Desert Festival, a nationally recognized music festival that attracts more than 10,000 visitors a day to downtown's Cleveland Square Park and San Jacinto Plaza.
In August, the Plaza Classic Film Festival features more than 80 feature-length films, along with 60 shorts. It is now the largest film festival in the world that is dedicated to classic cinema.
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