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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

15 Best Western Hotels
in Border Towns of Texas

  • BEST WESTERN
    Alpine Classic Inn

    Alpine

  • BEST WESTERN
    Oasis of the Sun

    Anthony

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Carrizo Springs Inn & Suites

  • BEST WESTERN
    Inn of Del Rio

    Del Rio

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Edinburg Inn & Suites

    Edinburg

  • BEST WESTERN
    Sunland Park Inn

    El Paso

  • BEST WESTERN
    Garden Inn

    Falfurrias

  • BEST WESTERN
    Casa Villa Suites

    Harlingen

  • BEST WESTERN
    Hebbronville Inn

    Hebbronville

  • BEST WESTERN
    San Isidro Inn

    Laredo

  • BEST WESTERN
    Rose Garden Inn & Suites

    Mcallen

  • BEST WESTERN
    Las Palmas Inn

    Mission

  • BEST WESTERN
    Garden Inn & Suites

    Rio Grande City

  • BEST WESTERN
    Garden Inn & Suites

    San Benito

  • BEST WESTERN
    Inn by the Lake

    Zapata

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Border Towns of Texas Events

May 2014

May 15, 2014
McAllen Uncorked Enjoy wine samplings, live entertainment, and food at the McAllen Convention Center. The event begins at noon.
May 5, 2014
Run Wild 5K Join in on the Earth Day festivities by doing a 5K run at the Quinta Mazatlan. The run begins at 7:30 a.m.
May 18, 2014
Engage Future brides gather at the McAllen Convention Center for this spectacular wedding event. Doors open at 1 p.m.
May 17, 2014
Liverpool Legends This tribute band takes the stage at the Laredo Energy Arena. Doors open at 8 p.m.

June 2014

June 7, 2014
Elephant Festival Bring the kids to the El Paso Zoo and let them meet and talk with the elephant keepers as well as try to out eat the two resident elephants. It starts at 10 a.m.
June 27, 2014
Mission Valley Duathlon Join in on a 5K run followed by a 20K bike ride through the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo neighborhood and along the Mission Trail/Socorro Road. The fun begins at 7 a.m.

July 2014

July 11, 2014
Neon Roller Night Bring your skates to special locations all over El Paso for this night of neon lights, music, and skating. It begins at 6 p.m.
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