Chihuahua is famous for norteno food (rather similar to Tex-Mex), a delicious if healthy cuisine that makes liberal use of beef, cheese, and chiles.
The colonial middle is beautiful and pedestrian-friendly. The outer areas of the city are affluent by Latin American standards but uninteresting for the average tourist. The central area has museums dedicated to Pancho Villa (a major folk hero in the north), another museum about the national mint, government palaces, and historic churches as well as luxurious mansions and villas.
There are also good dining spots and cantinas for males and it's very rare that a female is not welcome. The city's natives are friendly and helpful, unlike Mexico's more southern cities.
In the north and in the hills, it can be cold here during the winter. It even snows once or twice a year. During the summer, temperatures can reach 40°C. Wear light, fresh, and comfortable clothes. Autumn is a particularly pleasant time of the year to visit the area.
Being 4h south of Juarez/El Paso by expressway, the city is an easy drive to reach; there is no major city on the way, but there are roadside diners.
Roberto Fierro Airport is 18km from the city; a taxi is about USD7.00.
Chihuahua's bus terminal is conveniently located on Juan Pablo II boulevard in the south-eastern part of town, right across from the baseball stadium, a seven minute walk from Walmart supercenter, with public transportation access. There are buses to all major cities in Mexico. Service is provided by the Omnibus de Mexico, The Chihuahuense, Estrella blanca, just to name a few. No English-speaking clerks detected at the ticket counters, so basic knowledge of Spanish will come in handy. Bus tickets bought through service provider's official websites are generally cheaper than those acquired at the counter (clerk's commission is included in the latter).
Chihuahua is the start of the famous Copper Canyon railway linking Chihuahua with Los Mochis, called "el Chepe"  As of 03/11/2014, one-way tickets cost MXN1562 (around USD120) in second class and twice as much in first class, although the difference between the two classes of service is practically imperceptible, it's the same train with differently colored cars, providing same dining options and, obviously, same travel time from Chihuahua to Los Mochis. If you don't wish to find yourself stuck in a half-empty carriage with a couple of other ripped-off tourists, opt for the second class and spend your hard-earned cash on things to do at your destination place.
Chihuahua is a great tourist destination; a PBR championship, concerts, art and international festivals take place all year-round, but mostly on mid-October, you will find the city and its people very charming and down to earth.
Even though Chihuahua suffered a massive destruction of colonial buildings (During the 1970s) in order to widen the main streets and avenues in the downtown, it stills preserves some valuable monuments from the 19th and 20th centuries. Some of the more interesting sites in the city are listed below:
Cowboy boots, yee-haw! You will never in your life find a place with higher density of shops selling cowboy boots, and you'll find them in colors you hardly knew existed. Go nuts, you know you want them!
Be careful! The best chiles rellenos in the world, served on a flour tortilla. The seeds are not removed, making for a fire in your mouth that is unsurpassed.
The cheap sleeps in Chihuahua are all found east of the cathedral, between Calle Libertad and Victoria.
Northern Mexico, especially the state of Chihuahua, has experienced a sharp increase in violent drug-related crime since 2007. Chihuahua is much safer than Ciudad Juárez but still has had its share of cartel killings in the last two years. Most killings have specifically targeted drug dealers and their families, and tourists have rarely been affected by violent crime. Avoid bars and nightclubs that cater to a criminal element. Military checkpoints may be set up in the city and the roads around the city. Always stop at these checkpoints.
Dialing code for Chihuahua City: 01+52+(614)+Phone Number
Emergency phone numbers
Radio Patrols: 060
Red Cross: 065
General emergencies: 066
International Operator: 090
Tourist Security: 01 800 201 55 89