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Old 02-09-2010, 05:30 PM
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Cool stuff within 6 hrs from El Paso for an active young couple?

Hey all,
You just gotta love this forum's diversity, makes asking about stuff like this reasonable.

I'll be in the El Paso area, and get 4 days off. Need to stay within around 6 hours (by car) of El Paso...
Phoenix, Tucson, Roswell, Silver City, Albuquerque, or Santa Fe are the bigger cities around my travel distance.

Jw if anyone has any good ideas for a fun 3 to 4 days for a young couple to see some cool sights, and not get mugged, for a small getaway. Like outdoors, but not exactly setup for a nature hike... Love historical sites and other scenic stuff. She wants to shop a little bit, a cool mall or something would be sweet. A good amusement park would be awesome too. A decent hotel is a must (although a night in a rental car sounds fun)

Anyways, the trip needs to be to a decently safe stuff (no cool abandoned houses in the ghetto, as much fun as that sounds) Nothing too expensive, and some fun stuff too.

Any Ideas? Post it up, I'd love to hear some feedback.
Thanks for the help
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:44 PM
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Watch No Country for Old Men and then go for a hike alone the Texas/Mexico border?

Seriously, Santa Fe is a very cool old city sell worth a visit.
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:50 PM
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I agree. SantaFe's probably the best on that list.

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Why Santa Fe?

And as fun as Jua'rez sounds, I dont think I'll be planning an unarmed trip there any time soon.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:03 PM
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:55 PM
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Why Santa Fe?

And as fun as Jua'rez sounds, I dont think I'll be planning an unarmed trip there any time soon.
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If you were smart, you'd stay the hell out of Juarez, it's a great place to get shot. El Paso is a $hithole. Head to Santa Fe, buy a map and drive along the Rio Grande north to Taos. See the Rio Grande Gorge, and Eagle's Nest Lake (it's in a volcanic crater). For a nature trip, hike the Cimarron Trail just outside of Eagle's Nest. Los Alamos, where the first atom bomb was built, is a cool town for history, as is Santa Fe itself.

If you are looking for party time instead of scenery, head north to San Antonio instead, check out the River Walk. Then drive to Austin and get directions to 6th St, music and party capital of Texas.

El Paso is the most crime-ridden, violent city in Texas. Be cool. Don't cheap out on hotels, stay in the best place you can afford. Dope deals are going on all over the place in the cheap digs, another great place to get shot is a Motel 6.
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If you time it right, there are 2 Saturdays per year that you can visit ground zero of the first atomic bomb explosion at White Sands.

Is my geography that bad? I thought San Antonio was south of El Paso.
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No, you're right, El Paso is north of Austin and San Antonio. It's also way north of the FL Keys and Honolulu.
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Exactly why my plans do NOT include El Paso, and Mexico is closed to anyone with a brain.

San Antonio is south of El Paso, but It's not right on the boarder. Been to San An, and it's a good time. But, It's a bit out of my range of commute.

Santa Fe looks fun, and its not too far from Albuquerque, where there's also amusement parks.

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Carlsbad Caverns are not that far away either. On the way up to Santa Fe, stop in on the Camino Royale National Parks on the way. The Camino Orales was the expressway built by the Spanish to connect Mexico City with Santa Fe.
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in albuquerque you can ride a tram car to the top of sandia peak which is a fun ride ( you can also hike it but you already ruled that out). taos pueblo is a nice place to visit (may be more than 6 hrs but not much, i reckon). durango, colorado i a cool town but probably like 9+ hrs from el paso...[edit](google maps has it a 8 hrs)
durango-silverton railroad might be closed in the winter but that was a cool trip
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Cattleman's Steakhouse
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X 100: One of the best restaurants for beef ever. Go to State Line Barbeque. There are several old winerys around El Paso too, most were started by monks. Also, go to Roswell, to see all the UFO stuff. There is also a very nice western history museum there. Go hike in the Franklin Mountains, unless you are just coming back from Afghanistan....I'd stay out of Juarez.....
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double right on JR's advice regarding hotels. I am assuming you are military; try to get a room at the guesthouse at Ft Bliss.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:41 PM
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I'd try to find the hotel featured in No Country for Old Men.
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