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"I can see Mexico from here."

It’s one of those geographical fun facts: El Paso is closer to California than it is to Dallas.

But don’t let that deter you from visiting this rugged and vibrant West Texas city, which revels in its otherworldliness. Here, our must-do activities:

For the museum-minded Start downtown at El Paso Museum of Art. We love the exquisite collection of 13th- to 18th-century art here, which includes Italian Renaissance paintings such as Gentileschi’s St. Catherine of Alexandria. (1 Arts Festival Plaza, 915-532-1707)

For the food lover Local favorite Valentine’s Kitchen has just opened a new downtown location, and we can’t get enough of chef Octavio Zavala’s technique-driven spin on Mexican cuisine (think bone marrow tacos and cantaloupe salad). (504 W. San Antonio Ave., Suite C, 915-532-7329)

For the Instagram set For spectacular scenery, head west and visit the Wyler Aerial Tramway, where you can take a gondola ride ($8) high above the 240-feet-deep canyons of Franklin Mountains State Park. Views of Mexico, New Mexico and El Paso beckon. (1700 McKinley Ave., 915-566-6622)

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