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Midland, TX
Travel Guide

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.

MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center Odessa
MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center Odessa
3.5 out of 5
5200 E. University Blvd., Odessa, TX
The price is $84 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Situated in Odessa, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Presidential Museum and Leadership Library and Ellen Noel Art Museum. Stonehenge Replica and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (935 reviews)

"I liked the whole scenario as soon as i walked in. The staff is freindly"…"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center Odessa
MCM Grande Hotel FunDome Odessa
MCM Grande Hotel FunDome Odessa
3 out of 5
6201 E Business I-20, Odessa, TX
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $75 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated in Odessa, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Presidential Museum and Leadership Library, Stonehenge Replica, and Music City Mall. Ratliff Stadium ...

4/5Very Good! (779 reviews)

"Breakfast is great and the bar there is a lot of fun. Great staff"…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

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Holiday Inn Odessa, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Odessa, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
5275 E 42nd Street, Odessa, TX
The price is $75 per night from May 1 to May 2

Situated in Odessa, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Stonehenge Replica, Ellen Noel Art Museum, and Presidential Museum and Leadership Library. Music City ...

4.3/5Excellent! (195 reviews)

"It was awesome. Front desk night audit was so helpful"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Holiday Inn Odessa, an IHG Hotel
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TownePlace Suites by Marriott Odessa
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Odessa
3 out of 5
4412 Tanglewood Lane, Odessa, TX
The price is $71 per night from May 2 to May 3

Situated in Odessa, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Music City Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Stonehenge Replica and Ellen Noel Art Museum. Presidential ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (375 reviews)

"The Kitchenette was nice two burner and pots to use"…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Odessa
The Relaxing Suites of Midland
The Relaxing Suites of Midland
5 out of 5
3609 Caldera Boulevard, Midland, TX
The price is $112 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated near the airport, this luxury apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Midland Park Mall and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Midland College. Scharbauer Sports ...

3.6/5Good! (16 reviews)
Roomy apartment

"Roomy apartment near the freeway. Great contact-free check in. Comfy furnishings. It was what we needed."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

The Relaxing Suites of Midland
The Modern Midland Flats
The Modern Midland Flats
5 out of 5
516 North Loop 250 West, Midland, TX

Situated in Midland, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of First American Bank Ballpark, Grande Comunications Stadium, and Scharbauer Sports ...

2.7/5 (7 reviews)
Excellent Choice!

"The apartment was very clean and very quiet. We will definitely be staying there again!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 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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Reviews of Midland

3.6

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4 - Good 38.888888888888886%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Lots of stores and shops and skating rink.

4/5 - Good

Lyla

May 26, 2020

Not really much... we were there for family visit only

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 23, 2020

Traffic is bad

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

I grew up here it’s not the best town but I got to see my family and I knew where everything was already.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

My daughter went to school there went to pick her up, needed a place to sleep, perfect place for the money, just passing through

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Midland is an oil town with too many trucks and poor roadways.

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