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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

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

May 23-25, 2015
2015 Balloonfest

Launch Star Wars-themed hot air balloons while enjoying three days of excellent live music featuring the Gin Blossoms, all at the Wet N' Wild Waterworld in El Paso. Event times vary by day.

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.

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