El Paso is a surprising city. Most folks traveling never get off I-10 and that's a shame. There are places in the city worthy of a little exploration, a little discovery. One of these is the historic Manhattan Heights neighborhood, a gracious area adjacent to the Scenic Drive overlook. Not only are there terrific views of the city from there, but also incredible vistas from Memorial Park. And there's the Muncipal Rose Garden, too! (Pictured here is a restored gas station, The neighborhood has an amazing history, for it was built on a copper smelting site. (As you explore the neighborhood, you'll notice the street names: Copper, Gold, Silver, etc!) Read more about it here.
Many of the homes were designed by local promiment local architects to reflect Prairie or Spanish styles--including Otto Thorman, Mabel Welch, William G. Wuehrmann, and Gustavo and Henry Trost.
For a slideshow of images from the neighborhood, click here. The neighborhood has been rated one of El Paso's "most walkable," for a map, click here.