Packed tight with hotels and eateries, plus residents who are pretty darn friendly, Alpine works well as a base camp for regional exploring. Centrally located between Fort Davis, Marfa and Marathon, Alpine is about a half-hour drive from any of them. And it's not just a geographical hub: it's the seat of Brewster County and the biggest of the four towns, offering services and amenities the others don't.
As the only city in the area with more than 5000 people, it also has the area's sole four-year college and its only modern hospital. Plus it serves as a transportation center, with Amtrak and Greyhound stations in the heart of downtown.
Hwy 90 through downtown splits into two one-way thoroughfares. Avenue E rolls west while traffic on Holland Ave runs east.