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Visiting Border Towns of Texas

Travel south Texas and take a Two Nation Vacation this summer. From El Paso and sister city Ciudad Juarez, to Brownsville and Matamoros there are multiple communities convenient for travelers to cross the border. Southeast Texas offers various border gateway communities filled with events, activities, and fun.

San Benito is known as the Resaca City in honor of the Resaca de los Fresnos waterway that winds through the community. San Benito and neighboring Harlingen are convenient to Matamoros, Reynosa, and Valle Hermoso, south of the border. The Free Trade International Bridge is 10 miles south of San Benito.

The city of Harlingen is called the Capital of the Rio Grande Valley, and is a gateway to premier outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and birding. Summer visitors enjoy United League Baseball’s Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings at home on Harlingen Field. Enjoy a day at the ballpark with friends and family cheering on the RGV WhiteWings. Be sure to check out the shops and boutiques on Jackson Street, or for serious shopping head to Valley Vista Mall.

The San Benito, Harlingen area is 25 miles northwest of Brownsville, the busiest border crossing in southeast Texas. For air travelers, Brownsville’s South Padre International Airport is convenient to the communities of southeast Texas. While you are in Brownsville, stop by the Gladys Porter Zoo, and the Sabal Palm Sanctuary, two jewels of the city.

McAllen, 35 miles west of Harlingen, is another hub of south Texas culture and commerce. A visit to Quinta Mazatlan and McAllen’s World Birding Center is a must for travelers. Relax at the 1930’s historic home and tour the hummingbird garden, native butterfly garden, and bird feeding station. Mission, 6 miles west of McAllen, is home to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley, a top birding destination in the U.S.

For a mouth-watering Fourth of July, travel north of McAllen 12 miles to Edinburg. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce presents Texas Cook ‘Em, High Steaks at Edinburg Municipal Park July 4th and 5th. The 2014 event is the Rio Grande Valley’s biggest steak cook-off featuring T-bone steaks, chicken, ribs, and brisket. The fun includes live music, kid’s activities, and evening fireworks.


Border Towns of Texas Hotel Map

Best Western Rewards

14 Best Western Hotels
in Border Towns of Texas

    Alpine Classic Inn


    Oasis of the Sun


    Carrizo Springs Inn & Suites

    Inn of Del Rio

    Del Rio

    Edinburg Inn & Suites


    Sunland Park Inn

    El Paso

    Garden Inn


    Casa Villa Suites


    Hebbronville Inn


    San Isidro Inn


    Rose Garden Inn & Suites


    Las Palmas Inn


    Garden Inn & Suites

    San Benito

    Inn by the Lake


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Border Towns of Texas Events

November 2014

November 15, 2014
2014 Chris Tucker

World renowned actor and comedian, Chris Tucker, brings his brand of side-splitting laughs to the Abraham Chavez Theatre in El Paso. The show begins at 8 p.m.

November 21-22, 2014
2014 Alpine Artwalk

The charming town of Alpine becomes a haven for art galleries, dazzling displays, and live music during this two-day festival. Festival start time is TBA.

November 4, 2014
2014 Judas Priest

Legendary heavy-metal rockers bring their head-banding hits to the Laredo Energy Arena for one night only. The show begins at 7 p.m.

December 2014

December 5-7, 2014
4th Annual ChristKindle Market

Visit the town of San Elizario, just outside of El Paso, when the San Elizario Historic District transforms into a vibrant holiday market, offering a variety of handcrafted gifts, crafts, food, drinks, entertainment, and more. The fun begins at 3 p.m.

December 6-7, 2014
2014 Holiday Mercado

Visit the McAllen Convention Center for a two-day holiday celebration, featuring unique holiday shopping, handcrafted items, a variety of vendors, and so much more, helping to usher in the holidays. The fun begins at 10 a.m.

January 2015

January 23-24, 2015
2015 UFO & Sci-Fi Festival

Join other self-proclaimed "belivers" and partake in the array of celebrity appearences, mind-blowing presentations, activities, and more out-of-this-world fun at the Del Rio Civic Center. The festivital start time is TBA.

January 14-15, 2015
2014 Chicago the Musical

Don't miss the award-winning Broadway Musical, Chicago, as it makes a two-day stop in El Paso at the Plaza Theatre. Showtime is TBA.

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