A visit along the southwestern border of Texas should always include a few days in the expanded and metropolitan areas of El Paso, Texas. The term "el paso" in Spanish translates to "the pass," and it goes without saying that this border town is indeed the pass and gateway between the United States and Mexico, and this passageway feeds directly into Juarez, Mexico.During a visit to this metropolis, one of the attractions that a traveler should consider is a visit through customs and into Juarez, Mexico. Many visitors choose to walk across the border at the customs entryway, as driving can be precarious. Nevertheless, shopping in Juarez is a cultural experience like none other. The struggling socio-economic status of this Mexican city will also leave an indelible imprint about a lesson in economics on its visitors. Be sure to take a good camera to record desert scenes that can be captured inside and outside the city limits. Trans Mountain Road, which connects the eastern half to the western portion of El Paso should not be missed. There are also various parks available in the area, such as the Chamizal National Memorial and Franklin Mountains State Park. Several museums are available for a minimal or free admission. There is the Museum of Art, a Museum of History, a Railroad and Transportation Museum, and even a Holocaust Museum for history buffs, just to name a few. The Wyler Aerial Tramway is one of the most amazing attractions that combines both sightseeing and fun. Ride the Tramway down the mountain for an experience that is unforgettable. This activity will pique the interest of all ages! Appease that healthy appetite with one of the border town's great steakhouses such as State Line Restaurant, or travel a short distance to Cattleman's Restaurant. Other popular restaurants that can satisfy the craving for Mexican food are Carlo's and Mickey's Restaurant, or Leo's Mexican Food. Finally, if you have never smelled the desert after a rain, a visit to El Paso, Texas will be exponentially enhanced should a visitor luck out and be present right after an afternoon shower. The fragrance is indescribable and it cannot be bottled!