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Things to do in West Texas

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in West Texas. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite West Texas attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in West Texas to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in West Texas.

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  • Chinati Foundation

    This former army base was converted by artist Donald Judd into an exhibition space. More
  • El Paso-Juarez Trolley

    Take the El Paso–Juarez Trolley across the Rio Grande into Juarez—a bustling city with lively food markets and historic churches. More
  • Frontier Texas!

    Hear history from the holograph’s mouth: This center has high-tech exhibits where visitors can “meet” historical figures that settled the Texas Fro... More
  • Grace Museum

    There are actually three museums—one covering history, another for children, and a third that welcomes world-class art exhibits—here at the Grace. ... More
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Straddling the Texas/New Mexico border, the remote Guadalupe Mountains National Park is rife with desert fauna. Stop by the park visitor center for... More
  • Marfa Book Co.

  • Marfa Theater

  • Paramount Theater, Abiline

    This restored Art Deco theatre is crowned with a ceiling painted with twinkling stars and fluffy clouds. Stop in for old movies on weekends or play... More
  • Wyler Aerial Tramway

    The ride gives an eagle-eye view of three states and two nations. More
  • Ysleta Mission

    Visit El Paso’s late-17th-century Ysleta Mission, a courtly adobe building crowned with a bell tower. More

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