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Visiting Border Towns of Texas

Southern Texas is an intriguing mixture of American west and Mexican culture. The border of Texas and Mexico cradles many distinct towns such as Edinburg and Laredo. The beautiful Rio Grande separating the two countries joins the rest of the stunning landscape, giving nature lovers a variety of activities. Visit the Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center in Edinburg or head to Laredo for festivals and fun like a trip to the Republic of the Rio Grande Capitol Building Museum or the planetarium. Don’t miss the Jalapeño Festival with eating contests and plates of delicious Tex-Mex cuisine. Nothing beats time spent among the mix of two cultures in Texas border towns.

Edinburg is home to the Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center where you can get a close look at South Texas wildlife. With more than two miles of walking trails, spotting everything from the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck to the Monarch Butterfly is easy, even for the kids. Get your camera ready for the dragonfly pond, and the many stunning flowers and plants of Edinburg’s wetlands.

Located three miles from the Wetlands is the Best Western hotel in Edinburg. Treat yourself to a memorable day of birds and butterflies and rest up at your local Best Western.

Travel about 150 miles along the Mexican border on US 83 W to find the traditional Texas town of Laredo. Discover the captivating history of the region at the Republic of the Rio Grande Capitol Building Museum in the San Agustin Historical District. This former capitol building has fascinating artifacts commemorating the former Republic of the Rio Grande – find out for yourself the reason Laredo is known as the city under seven flags.

Take the kids to the Texas A&M International University for an afternoon at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium. Watch as they light up over shows like “Attack of the Space Pirates” and “Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos.” Other movies are available in Spanish such as “Stars of the Pharaohs” and “Wonders of the Universe.”

Laredo residents remember founding father George Washington with one of the biggest parties of the year – the month long Washington's Birthday Celebration. Attend the festival and join the fun at the 2011 Jalapeño Festival February 18th and 19th. Established in 1978, this festivity features plenty of traditional Tex-Mex plates and loads of games for the kids. Try your hand at the blind jalapeño toss, or vote in the many cooking contests. Leave room for the signature event – the La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest. Cap off your day with some refreshments, live music, and a stay at the Best Western hotel in Laredo.

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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