Where to Stay in 2024: South Texas

January 2, 2024 | By

Country Lovin’ at Hillbilly’s, a Longtime Rio Grande Valley Honky-Tonk

August 15, 2023 | By Daynara Gutierrez

Get Lost in the Shelves of the Massive McAllen Public Library

August 11, 2023 | By Thom Denton

Walking into the 123,000-square-foot McAllen Public Library in the Rio Grande Valley on a sizzling summer day is akin to stumbling upon a lush oasis after traversing the blazing South Texas desert.

Diego’s Food Truck Combines Local Ingredients and International Flavors in McAllen

March 28, 2023 | By Cat Cardenas

A Weekend in McAllen Reveals the Bounty of Rio Grande Valley

September 29, 2022 | By Aaron Nelsen

An Unplugged Travel Challenge Through the Rio Grande Valley Leads to Unexpected Detours and Rewards

November 2, 2018 | By Clayton Maxwell

After U-turns on the edges of grapefruit groves, repeated pullovers to study our Rio Grande Valley street guide, and a precarious three-point turn on the narrow levee road where a border patrol truck blocks our path, we are really lost. Like so many wanderers before us, we are searching for La Lomita Mission, which a local history buff named Frank told me about at an Edinburg bar the night before. “Just travel the Old Military Highway that goes along the Rio Grande,” Frank said. What Frank didn’t say was that Military Highway, much like the river it runs along, is a trickster that stops, starts, and twists in unexpected ways.

Discover McAllen’s (Valley-style) urban charms

September 19, 2017 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

For many fellow Texans from “up north,” the Rio Grande Valley might be synonymous with birds, beaches, and grapefruit groves.

The City Insider

August 17, 2015 | By

Writers for Texas Highways cover a lot of ground. With more than a quarter-million square miles and some 3,000 communities in play (including six of the country’s most populated cities), we’ve got our work cut out for us.

The Smallest Gifts

April 12, 2015 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

The 10-minute drive from our house in McAllen to Quinta Mazatlan, one of the most popular sites in the Rio Grande Valley’s World Birding Center network, takes us past historic downtown, the airport, and the shopping mall—not exactly what you’d expect for a trip to a lush nature center.

An Interwoven Legacy

July 10, 2014 | By Gene Fowler

Most Texans with deep roots in the state treasure the contributions their ancestors made to its unique history.

Akita Bloody Mary

February 24, 2014 | By Eileen Mattei

Bartender Luis Martinez places the ingredients for the Akita Bloody Mary on the black marble bar of The Patio on Guerra in McAllen, setting the stage for his version of edible art.

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