10 Things You Didn’t Know About El Paso

As with most cities and regions, there is certainly more to El Paso than perhaps meets the eye. From its history as the original Sin City, the birthplace of the margarita, and home to the largest urban park in the nation, there’s plenty to know about this Texan hot spot.

Discover 10 things you probably didn’t know El Paso!

1. El Paso is the birthplace of the margarita.

Said to be the birthplace of margaritas, El Paso’s Tommy’s Place Bar allegedly invented this iconic (and well loved) tequila mixed drink. You’re welcome, margarita lovers!

2. El Paso: the land of spittoons.

Even today, El Paso, like many other cities, has a whole host of laws that some would consider antiquated. One such law requires churches, hotels, stores, markets, banks, and more to provide spittoons!

3. It’s home to the largest man-made star.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas” – and this is apparently true when it comes to the city’s man made star attraction. At 459 feet tall and consisting of 459 light bulbs, El Pasoans claim this is the world’s largest man-made star, easily lighting up the sky from the side of the Franklin Mountains.

4. El Paso was the original “Sin City.”

Long before El Paso became well known as the “Sun City,” it was widely known as the “Six Shooter Capital” – a reference to the area’s lawlessness during the late 1800s when saloons and gambling halls lined the streets of El Paso.

5. When it rains, it pours.

Though El Paso doesn’t see very much rain (the city only gets about 9 inches of rain, per year), when it does rain, it absolutely pours, resulting in street flooding, traffic issues, and general pandamonium.

6. Name-the-team contest named the El Paso Chihuahuas.

The El Paso Chihuahuas got their name from a name-the-team contest, during which the winning name was a finalist contending against names like the Buckaroos, Desert Gators, and the Sun Dogs. The Chihuahuas won, and the team’s name was officially announced on October 22, 2013.

7. At The Drive-In was formed in El Paso.

The alt-rock band At The Drive-In got their start in El Paso, where they played their very first live show on October 15, 1994, at the Loretto High School Fair.

8. El Paso is home to one of the best air shows in the world.

Held each year, the Amigo Air Show has come to be known as one of the best air shows in the world, hosting an impressive display of aerial performances.

9. El Paso is home to the largest urban park in the nation.

The Franklin Mountains State Park – including it’s own ‘A’ Mountain – is well known as the largest urban park in the nation lying completely within city limits, covering over 24,000 acres.

10. El Paso is the backdrop to several well-known movies.

Filmed in full or in part, El Paso has provided the backdrop to several well known movies, including Lolita, Wild At Heart, Courage Under Fire, and several others.

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Top 5 Fall Drives in America

It’s no secret that our country is full of beautiful sights. Fall in many of the states offers a unique type of beauty – often crisp, colorful, and joyous. This fall, let Mother Nature take your breath away. Use this guide to hit the road, and see where adventure takes you.

And of course, we’ve got you covered along the way with our suite of budget-friendly, extended stay properties across the country.

1. Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia & North Carolina.

Dubbed “America’s favorite drive”, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a slow-paced, relaxing drive where you’ll not only spot fall foliage, but also long-range vistas, up-close views of the mountains, and the stunning landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.

Close to 500 miles in length, drivers will also enjoy farmsteads, hardwood forests, and much more. Points of interest include Price Lake, the Blue Ridge Music Center, and mountain towns including Floyd, Galax, and more.

2. Route 112 – New Hampshire.

While the Kancamagus Highway is a well-known fall foliage route, Route 112 is a little lesser known, and provides ample opportunities for anyone interested in trying their hand at photography. 

Head down Route 112 west, past the quaint town of Woodstock, New Hampshire. From there, unpack the camera and continue to Kinsman Notch at Beaver Pond for breathtaking photo opps. At nearly 57 miles in length, leaf peepers are sure to be delighted.

3. Great River Road – Mississippi River.

A single route along the Mississippi from head to toe, the Great River Road is an iconic American road boasting 10 states bordering the Mississippi. Embark on this journey and you’ll enjoy everything scenic from farmland, to meadows, limestone cliffs, forests, cypress swamps, and so much more.

Many miles long, the road travels in and out of towns, and even crosses the river every so often, creating the perfect background for a beautiful fall drive.

4. Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway – Colorado.

Following along the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, drivers delight in the tapestry of colors as the Aspen trees turn their beautiful golden hues. Take in one of the most extraordinary sights from mountain-top, reached by taking the 63-mile Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, beginning off Route 70.

Follow along to discover lakes, open fields of wildflowers, forests, canyons, and so much more. Points of interest include Cedaredge and Pioneer Town, Applefest Gala, and more.

5. Mad River Scenic Byway – Vermont.

A foray through the heart of Vermont, the Mad River Byway passes through picturesque towns, around farms, famous ski areas (think Sugarbush and Mad River Glen), as well as many historic sites. The drive will take you along two of the state’s most scenic routes, numbered 100 and 100B. Travel to the top of the Appalachian Gap (Route 17), where you’ll enjoy a landscape of mountain ridges, a winding river valley, quaint villages, and much more.

This fall, experience the best of what the season has to offer. Pack up the family, or grab a few friends, and travel along these long and winding roads to truly appreciate the best of fall.

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