Midland, TX

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Midland showing tranquil scenes, farmland and landscape views

The “Tall City” rises above the plains and oil rigs that dot the Southern Plains of Texas. Enjoy museums and theaters in its bustling downtown.

In a state known for its endless plains, Midland stands out. Nicknamed the “Tall City,” this metropolis rises quite literally above the Southern Plains of Texas.

Midland was founded in 1881 as a midway stop between Fort Worth and El Paso on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. When oil was discovered in the Permian Basin in 1923, the city quickly transformed from a sleepy outpost to the unofficial headquarters of the West Texas oil industry.

Learn about the “black gold” that shaped this region’s economy at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. This massive center depicts the oil industry through murals, antique drilling equipment and historical artifacts.

In the beautiful Turner Mansion, visit the Museum of the Southwest, an impressive display of art and artifacts from the American Southwest. Bring younger visitors to the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum, which is filled with interactive exhibits. The Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium gives visitors a glimpse into the night sky with sky shows and star viewings.

To learn about Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War or to explore Western artifacts, see the exhibits at the Haley Memorial Library and History Center. This downtown compound takes visitors on a journey through the history of Texas, from early Western settlement to the development of the railroad and later mining industries.

Although downtown Midland is known for its skyscrapers, it retains a small city charm. Enjoy a leisurely meal or shop at local boutiques. Take advantage of the lively cultural scene downtown. Yucca Theater and Cole Theater regularly put on highly acclaimed plays and other productions.

The city also has White House connections as the hometown of First Lady Laura Bush and residence of both Bush presidents at one time or another.

There’s a reason wide-brimmed cowboy hats are so popular in Texas; expect sunshine throughout the year. Precipitation is rare and temperatures rarely fall below freezing even during winter cold waves.

Where to stay in Midland

Baymont by Wyndham Midland Center
Baymont by Wyndham Midland Center
2.5 out of 5
3100 US Hwy 158 East, Midland, TX, 79706
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $59 per night from May 28 to May 29
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Midland. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (629 reviews)
"they needed a better breakfasts"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Midland Center
Tru By Hilton Midland
Tru By Hilton Midland
2.5 out of 5
1101 Windhaven Dr, Midland, TX, 79706
The price is $76 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Midland. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (148 reviews)
"Overall very happy nice property. First room had not been cleaned, but they quickly put me in another room that was nice and comfortable. Very crowded area for parking, but still enjoyed the stay"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Tru By Hilton Midland
Wyndham Garden Midland
Wyndham Garden Midland
3 out of 5
3100 W Wall St, Midland, TX, 79701
The price is $70 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Midland. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (978 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Wyndham Garden Midland
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.
Right At Home-Midland Oasis with pool-billiards
Right At Home-Midland Oasis with pool-billiards
Midland, TX
The price is $270 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this vacation home in Midland. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Midland Park Mall and Sibley Nature Center are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
Great house. Loved the layout!
"Had a fantastic time at this rental. Pool and billiards great entertainment!"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Right At Home-Midland Oasis with pool-billiards
The Relaxing Suites of Midland
The Relaxing Suites of Midland
5 out of 5
3609 Caldera Boulevard, Midland, TX, 79707
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Midland. Enjoy free parking, a flat-screen TV, and digital TV. Popular attractions Midland Park Mall and Scharbauer Sports ...
3.6/5 Good! (18 reviews)
"(Wife typing) My husband and I took our 4 kids to visit the area for potential living, we rented a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment for 4 days. Our first night the refrigerator stopped working until my husband messed with it and got it to work again. The guest bathroom had a leak from this ceiling hatch, ..."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

The Relaxing Suites of Midland
The Modern Midland Flats
The Modern Midland Flats
5 out of 5
516 North Loop 250 West, Midland, TX, 79703
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Midland. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions First American Bank Ballpark and Grande ...
2.7/5 (7 reviews)
"I didn’t actually end up staying there. After over an hour trying to access the room and many phone calls to the company, once I was able to get into the room, it smelled strongly of cigarette. So, I ended up having to find another place to stay. The unit was cute, but the property was run down."

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

The Modern Midland Flats
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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