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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

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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

December 2015

December 26, 2015
82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

Football fans, don't miss your chance to see two of college football's best teams face-off in this 82nd bout between the PAC-12 and ACC. The game is hosted at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso. Kickoff time is TBA.

December 5, 2015
2015 Laredo Northside Market

Get some holiday shopping done early this season at Laredo Northside Market, where an abundance of handmade goods, artisan gifts, and natural foods will be available for purchase. Market start time is TBA.

December 13, 2015
2015 McAllen Marathon 5K

Head over to the McAllen Sports Park and be a part of this two-day event, featuring a marathon, half marathon, and five-person relay adventure. Explore the neighborhoods and historic streets of McAllen this season – the race begins at 7 a.m.

January 2016

January 18, 2016
12 Annual Winter Texan Appreciation Fiesta

A unique get together of local merchants and businesses promoting their products and services, alongside food samples, live music, and other freebies. The event is held at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium.

February 2016

February 5, 2016
2016 Valentine's Super Love Jam

If you and that special someone are planning to visit El Paso this Valentine's Day, be sure and check out the long list of talented soul artists and bands taking the stage. The concert will be held at the Don Haskins Center, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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