A romantic weekend is the best way to spend some one-on-one time with your sweetheart. When you want to take your adventures beyond El Paso, Texas, consider crossing the border into Arizona and New Mexico, in addition to visiting other cities in Texas. Snow ski in Ruidoso, New Mexico, or explore the Guadalupe Mountains in Salt Flat, Texas to reignite the spark between the two of you. After settling into your El Paso vacation rental and experiencing the area for a day, take a break away from the hustle and bustle of the big city to explore the vibrant surrounding cities.

1. Tucson, Arizona

arizona mountainsCross the border into Arizona after a four-hour drive from El Paso to treat that special someone to an outdoor oasis. A vacation rental in Tucson puts you in the heart of Saguaro National Park where you can rent bikes from Arizona Bike Rentals and Tours and take off on the trails for some friendly competition with your mate. See the exotic animals at the Tucson Zoo or take in the art scene of this vibrant city with a tour of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Art Gallery. A vacation rental in Tucson also gives you and your sweetie a chance to bond when horseback riding with Spanish Trail Outfitters or share a gentle kiss while viewing the Sabino Canyon.

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2. Winston, New Mexico

new mexico canyonSpend a romantic weekend in the foothills of the Black Range when making the two-hour trip to Winston. This popular vacation destination is in the midst of the Gila National Forest and offers you and your sweetheart a chance to climb to the top of the mountains at the Chihenne Ranch and see working cattle and house horses up close and personal. The Pioneer Store Museum is a great place to pick up some souvenirs and gifts for each other before heading back to your cozy vacation rental for the evening.

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3. Salt Flat, Texas

texas mountains forestNothing is more romantic than a scenic view of the mountains from your vacation rental balcony, and when you make Salt Flat, Texas, your vacation destination, that’s what you get. Located just an hour and a half from El Paso, Salt Flat provides you and your significant other with a small town feel and nature-infused attractions. Spend a day at the Capitan Reef to see exposed fossils or horseback ride or hike the trails to Guadalupe Peak. The Salt Lake Cafe is the perfect spot for an intimate lunch together before retreating back to your vacation rental for some alone time.

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4. Carlsbad, New Mexico

new mexico formationsSpend two hours and 45 minutes in the car with your sweetheart and find yourselves in an outdoor oasis in Carlsbad. Hike or bike the trails of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, or snuggle up together while touring the cold caverns. The Carlsbad Community Theatre is an ideal spot for couples to take in a show on a weekend evening while the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center is a perfect place to fuel your creativity together. When the weather is warm, make a splash at Sitting Bull Falls or tour the Gardens State Park to pick a flower for your sweetie.

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5. Odessa, Texas

odessa texas stonehengeExplore the great state of Texas when booking a vacation rental in Odessa for your romantic weekend getaway. After traveling four hours from El Paso, start your adventures when reserving tickets for a performance at the Permian Playhouse or take in the warm weather of the state with a romantic stroll through McKinney Park. The Stonehenge Replica is a sight to see with that special someone before immersing yourselves in the artistic culture of Odessa with a tour of the Ellen Noel Art Museum on a Saturday afternoon.

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6. Las Cruces, New Mexico

organ mountainsFind yourself in the Organ Mountains with picturesque views in less than an hour from your El Paso abode. Outdoor enthusiasts can climb the trails of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park to the Organ mountains, and stop for an intimate picnic for two. Soak in the Aguirre Springs or keep your adventures indoors when touring the Railroad Museum with model trains together. This New Mexico city is also a mecca for farming and ranching, giving you and your mate a chance to see livestock and lush gardens at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum before opting for a romantic dinner date at the Sunset Grill or Paisano Cafe.

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7. Ruidoso, New Mexico

snow-capped mountainsMix and match your interests with a trip to the diverse city of Ruidoso, New Mexico, located two and a half hours from your El Paso home. Dive into winter activities with snow skiing at Ski Apache or try your luck at the Casino Apache. The summer months give you and your significant other a chance to see live horse racing at Ruidoso’s horse racing track or explore the Lincoln National Forest that leads you to the peak of Sierra Blanca. Indulge your mutual quest for history when browsing the artifacts at the Hubbard Museum of the American West.

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