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Visiting Border Towns of Texas

You might (see: no doubt) already know the southern border of Texas separates the state from Mexico. What you may not already know, however, is along the border, there are an array of charming, fun, and interesting cities that make touring the border towns of Texas a must – from El Paso in the far west, to Laredo, and Raymondville, which is set just inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

El Paso, also near the New Mexico border, is an eclectic city, and home to the University of Texas at El Paso. Late summer and early fall means you can experience the excitement of college football in Texas. Head to Sun Bowl Stadium, home field of the UTEP Miners and join more than 50,000 on September 1, for the season opener versus the Oklahoma Sooners.

For a more subdued event in El Paso, visit the El Maida Auditorium on October 27, for the annual El Maida Shrine Arts and Crafts Fair – only three dollars for admission. If you’re traveling before then, look out for the St. Marks Arts Market – an all day event held on September 15, at the aptly named St. Marks Arts Market.

In Del Rio, just north of Eagle Pass, you’ll find small town charm, but big flavors at the Val Verde Winery. Open to the public for wine tastings and tours Mondays through Saturdays, check out some of the fine reds and whites artfully crafted on site. And on October 2, visit the winery for a celebration of new wines – the Shaman Tawny Port, and the Don Luis Tawny Port Blend no. 14.

Make your way further south along the border and find Laredo. Known as the City Under Seven Flags, Laredo is a pleasant and charming destination. Explore the quaint city with a visit to the TAMIU Planetarium, offering interactive experiences, and enlightening movies about space, science, and discovery – great for an afternoon with the kids.

Set on the campus of Laredo Community College, be sure to visit the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center, for live animal exhibits and easy walking trails.

Further south is McAllen, set in the middle of Hidalgo, Donna, Edinburg, and Mission. Dubbed as the “Texas Tropics,” explore this intriguing border city and check out the World Birding Center. Make plans for August 26, when you and the family can experience one of the weekly Guided Gator Walks.

Border Towns of Texas Hotel Map

Best Western Rewards

14 Best Western Hotels
in Border Towns of Texas

    Oasis of the Sun


    Carrizo Springs Inn & Suites

    Inn of Del Rio

    Del Rio

    Edinburg Inn & Suites


    El Paso Airport Hotel & Conference Center

    Sunland Park Inn

    El Paso

    Garden Inn


    Casa Villa Suites


    Hebbronville Inn


    Laredo Inn & Suites


    San Isidro Inn


    Rose Garden Inn & Suites


    Las Palmas Inn


    Inn by the Lake


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Border Towns of Texas Events

January 2015

Every Third Saturday
2015 El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market

On the third Saturday of each month, Jarvis Plaza in Laredo becomes a hub for homemade gifts, handcrafted goods, locally grown produce, and more. The market opens at 9 a.m.

April 2015

Every First Friday
2015 CaminArte

Experience true Laredo culture on the first Friday of each month when regional and national artists present their work at the Laredo Center for the Arts. The event begins at 5 p.m.

May 2015

Weekends in El Paso
2015 Shop Downtown

Experience the unique culture of downtown El Paso with a variety shopping, authentic food, and more, every weekend all summer long.

June 2015

June 6 & 7, 2015
2015 Billy the Kid Festival

Enjoy the western-themed shows, events, interactive exhibits, and more found throughout the San Elizario Historic Art District in El Paso. Event start times vary by day.

June 26 & 27, 2015
2015 Downtown Street Festival

Visitors and residents are invited to enjoy two days of excellent live music at the Conventer Center Plaza in El Paso. Headlining acts include Rob Zombie and Weezer.

June 26 - July 19, 2015
Annie Get Your Gun Rodeo Production

In the city of Alpine, make your way to the S.A.L.E Rodeo Arena on the campus of Sul Ross State University to see a unique rodeo version of Annie Get Your Gun. Shows begin on June 26th and run through July 19th. 

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