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McAllenUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in McAllen

Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
701 South Ware Road, McAllen, TX
The price is $105 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 21

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of McAllen Performing Arts Center and McAllen Convention Center. La Plaza Mall is 2.6 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (911 reviews)

"The hotel was clean and safe we felt confortable , and the staff very friendly"…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
Embassy Suites by Hilton McAllen Convention Center
Embassy Suites by Hilton McAllen Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
800 Convention Center Blvd, McAllen, TX
The price is $98 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Situated in McAllen, this hotel is steps from McAllen Performing Arts Center and Palms Crossing. McAllen Convention Center and McAllen Botanical Gardens (McAllen ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (816 reviews)

"I loved how cold the AC was. I didn't like that there wasn't a lot of light in the room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton McAllen Convention Center
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
3.5 out of 5
1800 S 2nd St, McAllen, TX
The price is $109 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

This family-friendly McAllen hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Rio Grande Regional Hospital and La Plaza Mall. Fireman's Park and McAllen ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)

"It wss very nice i really liked it, id book the hotel again"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
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.

Vacation Rentals in McAllen

Staybridge Suites McAllen
Staybridge Suites McAllen
3 out of 5
620 Wichita Ave, McAllen, TX
The price is $95 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in McAllen, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rio Grande Regional Hospital and La Plaza Mall. McAllen Convention Center is 3.1 mi (5 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (330 reviews)
Not to Shabby

"Kool lil place,,, its comfortable and cozy .. kitchen is small but i liked that they were well stocked with all the necessities to cook dinner :0 will stay again"…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

Staybridge Suites McAllen
Charming Studios Mission TX
Charming Studios Mission TX
3.5 out of 5
4111 Hillcrest Drive, Mission, TX
The price is $40 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 20

Situated in Mission, this condo building is within 12 mi (20 km) of Zinnia Park, McAllen Public Library, and McAllen Performing Arts Center. McAllen Convention ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Pleasant surprise stay.

"Great place for a solo person. The place was clean and orderly. I was concerned about the portable toilet but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked and how well it keep clean and odor free. Good place for a solo stay!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Charming Studios Mission TX
Versailles Residence
Versailles Residence
McAllen, TX
The price is $209 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

Situated in McAllen, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cornerstone Regional Hospital, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, and South Texas Health System. ...

4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Superb

"This was the finest place I have ever stayed at. The property owner Yamil is more than a Superhost. He keeps in contact throughout the entire process and is readily available at any hour. The Townhouse looks even prettier in person. The Garage is huge, and clean. The entire place was immaculate. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

Versailles Residence
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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Reviews of McAllen

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.05160390516039%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.483960948396096%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 20, 2020

Pretty boring. I think st padre island is a better place to go to

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 17, 2020

Perfect

5/5 - Excellent

Bry

Apr 17, 2020

I had surgery and they treated me well

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

I love it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 30, 2020

First time ever going to McAllen but I'll definitely be going back and especially since my sister lives there!

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

Overcrowded, like a big city, but in a much smaller land area

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