What’s more fun than exploring a new city? Doing it with your friends! While traveling with the family and/or significant other is enjoyable, sometimes it’s nice to get away with just your female friends. That’s what I did last month when I visited El Paso, Texas, with a few of my travel blogging friends – Liz from Eat Move Make, Deb from Just Short of Crazy and Tatanisha from A Worthey Read. Our El Paso girlfriend getway was a first visit to the city for all of us and we found out there is a lot to do in El Paso! From boots, to food to a rich cultural history, El Paso is perfect for a girls getaway that goes beyond shopping and spa days. Here are a few suggestions to plan your own trip.
El Paso Girlfriend Getaway
Choose a Home Base
Downtown El Paso is a perfect location to use as a base for your getaway. We stayed at the Hotel Indigo El Paso Downtown, which has a bit of history as it was originally the 1960s-era Downtowner Motor Inn, but it’s now updated to a super modern style that fits well in its downtown location. Its within walking distance of restaurants, shops and things to do downtown and also easy to get out to other parts of the city.
The perk about staying in a downtown hotel is that there is a lot to do on foot. A must is to visit San Jacinto Plaza, a historic park located on the corner of Oregon and Mills. There are alligator themed designed around the plaza, which are an acknowledgement to the live alligators that lived in a pond in the plaza for over 80 years. At night thousands of light strings light up the plaza – so pretty! There are fabulous restaurants downtown (which I’ll get to later) and try to take in a show at the Plaza Theatre! The beautiful theatre, originally built in 1930, was restored in 2000 and now hosts Broadway productions, music acts and more.
Eat Good Food
There is a lot of good food in El Paso. Downtown we dined at Cafe Central and Anson 11, which are both top notch. The “can’t miss” restaurant in El Paso (based on my own experience AND the recommendation of my airport shuttle driver) is L&J Cafe, which has been serving Mexican specialities for 90 years. We also happened to stumble upon Crave Kitchen and Bar an had an AMAZING breakfast. I will definitely be stopping to try their lunch and/or dinner on my next visit to El Paso. And while Texans may take the Whataburger fast food chain for granted, it’s a can’t miss food stop for this northern girl!
Take a Hike
After all that eating, some physical exercise is a good idea. Luckily, El Paso has lots of outdoor activities to choose from. There are opportunities for rock climbing, biking, horseback riding and more. We went took a hike in the beautiful Franklin Mountains State Park with Don from GeoBetty Tours. They specialize in guided mountain bike tours (which I want to do on my next visit to El Paso), but with our tight schedule we made do with a short hike in the park and were able to cram a lot of natural beauty into a small amount of time.
See the Missions
If there is one historical/cultural aspect of El Paso you don’t want to miss, it’s The Mission Trail. The missions are Catholic churches from early in the history of Texas, with histories dating back to the mid 1600’s and the current buildings from the 1800s. By following the Mission Trail, you can visit these historic missions, as well as art galleries, shops, restaurants and other aspects of local culture.
Buy the Boots
El Paso is the Boot Capital of the World, which means you HAVE to buy the boots! There are lots of options to choose from, but we visited the Lucchese Factory Store and Rocketbuster Boots. It’s easy to drop a lot of money on a pair of these boots, but after touring the Lucchese factory and seeing the huge number of people that work on each handmade pair of boots and all the work that goes into them, not to mention the high quality of the materials, it is easy to see why they cost what they do. And boots make the most awesome souvenir because when you get a compliment on them you can share a little about your fun trip to El Paso.
El Paso makes a great choice for a girls getaway, but truthfully I would have enjoyed everything on our trip with either my husband or the whole family. So, whether you’re planning to get away with the girls or making plans for your whole family’s next adventure, check out what El Paso has to offer. For more ideas you can check out the #ITSALLGOODEP hashtag on Instagram.
This does sound so fun, you gals know how to have a good time!!!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
It’s so beautiful there! I wouldn’t mind enjoying the beauty of nature and all the great entertainment in the city with my girlfriends.
Bill Sweeney says
El Paso is one of my favorite cities. I’m a huge fan of the southwest – probably from all the spaghetti westerns I watched as a kid.
Amy Desrosiers says
I love that you captured the perfect heart-shaped cactus! I think it would be so cool to watch people make boots too!
Ok, now I want a pair of custom made boots! El Paso certainly seems to have a lot to explore. I’d definitely consider it for a girlfriends getaway or even a small getaway with the hubs.
There is so much to do and see in El Paso. I want to try some of that delicious food.
Julie Wood says
What a beautiful city to visit! I would love to visit Texas and see El Paso. I think the sites are great and fun!
Seattle Travel Blogger says
I agree with you that El Paso’s San Jacinto Plaza looks awesome at night!
I like the idea of establishing a home base for when you travel.
Your pictures look terrific and show so much color and culture.
Janell Poulette says
This all makes me want to get away and have a girls trip! I have never been to El Paso but it looks like a great place to vacate.
Adrianne Betz says
I love everything Texas has to offer. It’s so gorgeous and has so many great things to see.
Cindy Gordon says
We’ve visited here once before. We enjoyed it and the scenery!
Beeb Ashcroft says
My business partner visits here a lot. I’m always jealous of her getting to go.
Dawn McAlexander says
Really the only thing that I knew about El Paso was that it was in a couple of Marty Robbins songs, lol. But it looks super nice and I would not mind a visit there in the least.
My Teen Guide says
I would love to travel to El Paso TX to see the Mission Trail. I am always awed by centuries old churches and buildings! I wish I could do a girlfriend getaway sometime soon!
Annemarie LeBlanc says
Oh how I wish my best friends lived closer, and I also wish we are not as busy as we are. We all could use a girlfriend getaway. You chose a great place to meet up with your friends!
Carol Cassara says
Who wouldn’t want to spend some time there! There are plenty of things to do and places to see which makes it even more worth it. I would love to go here with my husband.
Amanda Love says
It’s been a while since I last went on a vacation with my girlfriends and I think this is the perfect place! I love that there are so much to try here, from visiting attractions to trying out the good food!
Shannon Gurnee says
I’ve never been to El Paso before, but it sounds like a great place to visit! Looks like a lot of photo opportunities too!
Cynthia R says
I love the desserts out west and in texas. I haven’t been to El Paso, that food looked amazing and that square with the lights so pretty. I would love to spend some time in El Paso.
shelly peterson says
What a wonderful place to getaway. It looks like a lot of fun and some great food.