Situated in Southern Texas, along the Mexican border, lies the town of McAllen. Proudly displaying a rich artistic and cultural history while simultaneously boasting local ecology suitable for many migratory species of birds and butterflies, this town has a unique charm and intrigue for visitors.
For a healthy dose of culture and recreation, visitors should stay near the De Palmas Historic District. The neighborhood is full of unique art, dining hotspots, and the McAllen Art Walk, which guides visitors on a stroll through local studios, galleries, and live music venues, like Archer Park. For a change of scenery and only a short drive up north, you can find the International Museum of Art and Science. Its exhibits are focused on the Rio Grande River ecosystem. Just east is Fireman’s Park, a city park offering kayaking, paddle-boarding, and biking for its active guests.
Nature lovers will find McAllen to be a bird and butterfly haven, and have quite a few options when picking an area in the city to stay. Close to both McAllen’s Downtown and the McAllen Convention Center the McAllen Nature Center is located. The latter is a prominent bird-watching spot in the city. With close proximity to the 17th Street Entertainment District, it makes an ideal home base for nature observation in the mornings and a happening nightlife scene in the evenings. South of US 83, not far from the giant La Plaza Mall, is the Quinta Mazlatan. This 1930’s Spanish-style mission houses 230 species of birds along with migratory butterflies, making it a true natural delight.
The outlying areas of McAllen offer even more opportunities for adventure and nature seekers. Head west and book a room in the city of Mission. With numerous hiking and biking trails, access to the Anzalduas Park along Mexico’s border and the Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, and being home to both the National Butterfly Center and World Birding Center Headquarters, it is loaded to the brim with outdoor pleasures.
McAllen offers travelers 28 3 star hotels to choose from, priced from
Many airports are in close proximity to McAllen, leaving room for comparing distance, cost and convenience.Valley International Airport is located 50 miles east of McAllen, with domestic flights arriving and departing daily.Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is 70 miles southeast, serving only regional Texas flights.
Both General Lucio Blanco Airport and General Servando Canales International Airport are 40 miles south of McAllen, in Mexico. They cater to Mexican airlines and require crossing the Mexico/United States border via car. Just two miles south of McAllen lies McAllen Miller International Airport. This hub offers travelers nonstop domestic and international flights. Its close proximity to town makes it the most convenient in terms of location when visiting McAllen.
Regardless of your choice, you can easily find hotels near Brownsville South Padre Island Airport, Valley International Airport, General Lucio Blanco International Airport, General Servando Canales International Airport or McAllen Miller International Airport for a night’s stay. This is especially handy when you have extremely early or late departures and want to avoid the hassle of transferring between town and the airport.