McAllen, TX

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McAllen featuring a park, art and outdoor art
Just north of the Mexican border, this thriving city has adopted many colors, sounds and tastes of its southern neighbor, while maintaining plenty of Texan charm.

Known to locals as the “city of palms,” the southern plains city of McAllen is nestled between the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border. McAllen’s population may say only 130,000 on paper, but this figure swells during the day as workers from the surrounding towns converge on the city.

Likewise, in the evening and on weekends, McAllen becomes the unofficial playground for the 1.3 million residents of the Rio Grande Valley. That’s how energetic the city is it pulls visitors in from all around for its charming nightlife, a lively medley of cuisines, fascinating local attractions and superb shopping.

Join the throngs of visitors who cross the border from Mexico each day in order to shop at some of Texas’ most popular malls. Spend the day searching for bargains at La Plaza Mall, Palms Crossing and the North 10th Street shopping district.

A large Hispanic community has provided McAllen with a tantalizing array of eating options. Stop at a roadside restaurant for quick and easy Tex-Mex, such as a burrito filled with fresh chili. Take a table outside a downtown restaurant to enjoy mouth-watering fresh dishes made of local ingredients.

See McAllen’s cultural side in action as you visit the Creative Incubator, a progressive institution that curates a program of exhibitions, workshops and activities. Stop at the McAllen Convention Center to listen to the Valley Symphony Orchestra playing as part of their regular concert series.

Venture outside the city and you’ll be met with wild birds, dramatic landscape and the gushing Rio Grande River. Follow some of the many hiking and cycling trails to help you navigate your way through the wilderness.

An international airport serves McAllen, as do frequent interstate trains and buses. Once you’re in town, enjoy the convenience of the frequent buses that run between all the major attractions in the city.

Where to stay in McAllen

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham McAllen La Plaza Mall
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham McAllen La Plaza Mall
2.5 out of 5
1120 S 10th St, McAllen, TX, 78501
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $98 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$98
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in McAllen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,025 reviews)
"Very clean n great customer service"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2023

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham McAllen La Plaza Mall
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
701 South Ware Road, McAllen, TX, 78501
The price is $106 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
$106
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in McAllen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,021 reviews)
"Great hotel , very clean and centrally located and dog friendly."

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
Casa De Palmas, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Casa De Palmas, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3.5 out of 5
101 N Main St, McAllen, TX, 78501
The price is $110 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
$110
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in McAllen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,009 reviews)
Great atmosphere
"It’s been very pleasant and has a great view"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2023

Casa De Palmas, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
CLOSE TO MALL⭐Best Location♥Luxury Living
CLOSE TO MALL⭐Best Location♥Luxury Living
McAllen, TX
Stay at this condo in McAllen. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and fenced yards. Popular attractions Quinta Mazatlan and La Plaza Mall are located nearby. Discover ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Absolutely perfect
"from the time I booked, Gerardo was pleasant and very informative. The location and property was outstanding! I will definitely look for more of his locations when i need to travel. I hope I can find them"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

CLOSE TO MALL⭐Best Location♥Luxury Living
Private oasis in prime McAllen location with Gated Parking, Heated Pool & Spa
Private oasis in prime McAllen location with Gated Parking, Heated Pool & Spa
McAllen, TX
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in McAllen. Enjoy free WiFi, private pools, and private spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (43 reviews)
Beautiful home- wonderful stay!
"My parents and I plus two aunts and an uncle all stayed while visiting TX for my nephew’s wedding. We had a great time. Property is as described and Maria was a great host. We had everything we needed for meals out by the beautiful pool. I took a walk every morning. The neighborhood is very nice. ..."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Private oasis in prime McAllen location with Gated Parking, Heated Pool & Spa
🌟BAND NEW🌟LUXURY CONDO❤️CLOSE TO MALL❤️SHARYLAND🌟
🌟BAND NEW🌟LUXURY CONDO❤️CLOSE TO MALL❤️SHARYLAND🌟
McAllen, TX
Stay at this condo in McAllen. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions McAllen Nature Center and McAllen Performing Arts Center ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Holiday stay.
"The overall stay was great. Very clean and neat. The area worked perfectly as it was so nice and close to where we had business to take care of."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

🌟BAND NEW🌟LUXURY CONDO❤️CLOSE TO MALL❤️SHARYLAND🌟
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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