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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

15 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

    Rio Grande City

    Garden Inn & Suites

    San Benito

    Inn by the Lake


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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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