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You'd be hard pressed to find a spot in Texas that wasn't picturesque, and McAllen certainly doesn't disappoint on that score. Located in the southern tip of this much-mythologized state, it's set within the majestic Rio Grande Valley, so there's plenty to look at even before you get here. And once you do arrive you can immerse yourself in the nightlife, explore the arts scene, and of course indulge in some serious retail therapy at some of the mammoth shopping centers.

Things to see

Proving that you don't have to stick to the major US cities if you're after culture, McAllen boasts its own very active arts scene. You can see it for yourself along the bohemian-flavored Main Street, where dozens of art galleries are lined up and waiting to wow you. As well as being able to admire avant-garde sculptures and installations, you can also enjoy the culinary arts at some of the bold and quirky restaurants catering to the creatives who work here. On a sunny day head over to nearby Archer Park, which has been a landmark for over a century. For more natural beauty, check out the vibrant blooms of McAllen Botanical Gardens, and even more striking is Quinta Mazatlan, a classic Spanish Revival adobe mansion surrounded by acres of tropical gardens which is famed for its dazzling birds, from buff-bellied hummingbirds to seemingly glowing green jays. The International Museum of Art & Science has interactive exhibits designed by NASA, which kids will find a blast, while grown-ups will lap up the nightlife on 17th Street.

Hotels in McAllen

It doesn't matter if you're keeping a tight watch on your budget – even the lower cost hotels in McAllen tend to look pretty simply by virtue of being here, in a city that's peppered with palm trees wherever you look. You can also comfortably expect to find guestrooms equipped with air conditioning and WiFi access. Many hotels will additionally feature on-site fitness centers and soothing spa facilities, which may be just the thing after a day of walking around in the Texas heat.

Where to stay

The vast majority of hotels in McAllen are congregated right on the cusp of the city center, just to its south. You'll find they’re scattered over a wide area, so it's just a matter of having a good look around online and making your choice based on whether you want to be close to the main highway, for example, or within strolling distance of the main landmarks and eating, shopping, and partying venues. There's so many hotels available that you certainly won't run any risk of not bagging a great pad for your stay.

How to get to McAllen

The city, while relatively small, does feature its own international gateway – McAllen Miller Airport. It's only the briefest of drives from the city center, and there are flights to cities such as Dallas, Las Vegas, and Mexico City. Once you're in McAllen itself, you can easily navigate the central area on foot, or make use of the speedy and efficient McAllen Metro buses.

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