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RE: Question for UTEP people.
FYI:

El Paso to:

Kerrvile 492 miles
Austin 577
San Diego, CA 725

Parts of these drives are very scenic. Parts are not.
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RE: Question for UTEP people.
(07-20-2017 07:21 PM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  FYI:

El Paso to:

Kerrvile 492 miles
Austin 577
San Diego, CA 725

Parts of these drives are very scenic. Parts are not.

From what I remember there is a lot of that "not". Bring your mp3 player as the radio stations are also sparse.
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RE: Question for UTEP people.
(07-20-2017 07:21 PM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  FYI:

El Paso to:

Kerrvile 492 miles
Austin 577
San Diego, CA 725

Parts of these drives are very scenic. Parts are not.

Thanks. I googled all those a few weeks ago when I had mentally laid out the trip. What I was looking for from the El Pasoans was local knowledge on where to stay for ease of the football game and maybe some grub. They've give some good suggestions.

I just fire up Waze on any trip. Been using it for years. Long before Google bought it. Best GPS out there.
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(07-20-2017 07:23 PM)WWDog Wrote:  
(07-20-2017 07:21 PM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  FYI:

El Paso to:

Kerrvile 492 miles
Austin 577
San Diego, CA 725

Parts of these drives are very scenic. Parts are not.

From what I remember there is a lot of that "not". Bring your mp3 player as the radio stations are also sparse.

I have over 6700 songs on a 3rd generation iPod amigo. I'm good in that department. I have around 700 of them on a playlist of my favorites. My wife is deaf. I have an Infinity G37x that has a Bose system in it. One of the best manufacturer systems I've ever listened to since it's such a small area. My wife turns her hearing aids off and falls asleep within 25 miles of hitting the road. I can crank it up to whatever level I want to hear it at. I've actually been in a buying mood lately and have added several new cds to the iPod.
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(07-20-2017 08:35 PM)dahbeed Wrote:  
(07-20-2017 07:21 PM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  FYI:

El Paso to:

Kerrvile 492 miles
Austin 577
San Diego, CA 725

Parts of these drives are very scenic. Parts are not.

Thanks. I googled all those a few weeks ago when I had mentally laid out the trip. What I was looking for from the El Pasoans was local knowledge on where to stay for ease of the football game and maybe some grub. They've give some good suggestions.

I just fire up Waze on any trip. Been using it for years. Long before Google bought it. Best GPS out there.

It has been decades, but if you like desert views, and have the time and inclination, the road between Lordsburg and Globe is interesting.
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RE: Question for UTEP people.
A couple of restaurants unique to the El Paso area that I would recommend for authentic Mexican food are Carnitas Queretaro, Taco Tote, El Cometa (get the flautas) Tacos Chinampa. For burgers and craft beer try Steve O's. For fast food try Blakes Lotaburger. For a steak I do recommend Cattleman's but if you don't feel like making the drive Cattle Baron by the airport is also good. If you want some fine dining head downtown to Anson 11.

Things to do are limited. Definitely go on the scenic route drive. It takes you through the mountains. On one side of the street is mansions on the other side is a panoramic view of El Paso and Cd Juarez. If you're feeling adventurous cross over into Mexico. On second thought don't. For shopping there is Cielo Vista Mall and the Fountains across the street. At the Fountains there are a lot of chain restaurants you can't find anywhere else in the city. There is also an outlet mall heading towards Las Cruces.

The hotel mentioned above is fine. I recommend staying at the Hotel Indigo downtown. It's a short five minute drive to the Sun Bowl. The Camino Real is a historic hotel but a bit outdated.

That's all I can think of right now. If you have any other questions let me know and I'll answer them.
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The scenic drive is good, but if you like mountains, a trip to Cloudcroft, NM is in order.
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(07-20-2017 10:14 AM)KAjunRaider Wrote:  Are the Guadalupe Mountains worth visiting ?

Yes if you have time. Several hiking trails including the 8 mile round trip to the summit of Guadalupe peak. Start out at over 5000 ft. and reach a little over 8700. First mile and a half are very steep, so be in decent shape.
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(07-20-2017 11:34 PM)JCMiner Wrote:  A couple of restaurants unique to the El Paso area that I would recommend for authentic Mexican food are Carnitas Queretaro, Taco Tote, El Cometa (get the flautas) Tacos Chinampa. For burgers and craft beer try Steve O's. For fast food try Blakes Lotaburger. For a steak I do recommend Cattleman's but if you don't feel like making the drive Cattle Baron by the airport is also good. If you want some fine dining head downtown to Anson 11.

Things to do are limited. Definitely go on the scenic route drive. It takes you through the mountains. On one side of the street is mansions on the other side is a panoramic view of El Paso and Cd Juarez. If you're feeling adventurous cross over into Mexico. On second thought don't. For shopping there is Cielo Vista Mall and the Fountains across the street. At the Fountains there are a lot of chain restaurants you can't find anywhere else in the city. There is also an outlet mall heading towards Las Cruces.

The hotel mentioned above is fine. I recommend staying at the Hotel Indigo downtown. It's a short five minute drive to the Sun Bowl. The Camino Real is a historic hotel but a bit outdated.

That's all I can think of right now. If you have any other questions let me know and I'll answer them.

Thanks a bunch JC. I really appreciate you writing all that out. Nashville has an Indigo and I've been there before. Very cool place. I checked out the one in El Paso and I think it's actually nicer than the one in Nashville.

I was able to pull up menus on almost every place you mentioned. That's a good list and they'll all go into the folder for the trip. My wife hasn't been on a trip out into the deep west since she was a kid and that was flying to California so this is all going to be a treat for both of us really.

Hopefully (for me) our new coach will have us rolling pretty good and we won't take a beatdown on our trip to El Paso. I'm excited about the stadium visit as much as anything.
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(07-21-2017 06:43 AM)2mean Wrote:  
(07-20-2017 10:14 AM)KAjunRaider Wrote:  Are the Guadalupe Mountains worth visiting ?

Yes if you have time. Several hiking trails including the 8 mile round trip to the summit of Guadalupe peak. Start out at over 5000 ft. and reach a little over 8700. First mile and a half are very steep, so be in decent shape.

Thanks. Wanted to know if we are out that way. Just watch out for rattlesnakes, right ? 04-jawdrop

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