Midland, TX
Texas
By Jennie O'Connor

When a railroad company building a westbound track from Fort Worth converged with one building an eastbound track from El Paso, the city where they intersected was appropriately dubbed Midland, Texas. Known today throughout the nation for the inviting and friendly spirit of its residents, Midland is a great launching point for touring West Texas or for outdoor enthusiasts taking a road trip of the Big Bend region. With plenty of sunshine and lower humidity than the rest of the state, it’s no wonder so many people have called Midland home, including both President Bush’s and actors Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson.

Reaching Midland is a simple task, as road-trippers will find the destination just off the I-20. Air travelers will enjoy Midland International Airport’s (MAF) close proximity to all the major attractions. For even greater convenience, simply click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) and let WhatsCheaper.com assist in booking your flight. And by clicking here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) and letting WhatsCheaper.com take care of your hotel arrangements, you’ll be all set to enjoy a relaxing journey to this gem of a destination.

Midland, along with neighboring Odessa, are the real-life inspiration for Friday Night Lights, making the city synonymous with high school football and a sporting community in every sense. Boasting four professional teams, “The Tall City” is home to world-class facilities hosting everything from Rockhounds games to rock concerts most weeks of the year. For travelers who can’t get enough of the action, WhatsCheaper.com recommends the zombie fun run or a golf tournament at one of the city’s many courses. Although attending a spirited home game is undoubtedly the best way to experience some classic Americana.

For a bit of history, pay a visit to the childhood home of George W. Bush, which can be toured for a nominal fee. The home has been restored to evoke the 1950’s era in which the young George W. spent his formative years, and pays homage to the remarkable fact that the four walls once housed two presidents, two governors, a first lady, an ambassador and a CIA director. You might also spend an afternoon visiting the largest archaeological surface collection in Texas at the Turner Mansion’s complimentary Museum of the Southwest. WhatsCheaper.com believes the neighboring interactive Children’s Museum and Blakemore Planetarium are two family experiences well worth the cost of admission.

For a night out on the town, take in a jazz concert or enjoy the symphony at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art facility with spectacular acoustics. Kick off the evening with home-style Southern barbecue or savory Tex-Mex cuisine at one of the area’s many mouthwatering restaurants or tour the factory famous for creating the world’s largest piece of toffee—in the shape of Texas! On the way back to your hotel, WhatsCheaper.com suggests you grab a nightcap at a rooftop bar overlooking the city or catch open mic night in one of downtown’s chic coffee houses.

Midland likes to brag about its ability to house 111,000 people in a modern metropolis without traffic congestion; in fact, getting around the city takes very little driving time. Nevertheless, sometimes escaping the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan life is just what the doctor ordered, and for those days, WhatsCheaper.com recommends you make your way out to Big Bend National Park. With over 200 miles of hiking trails, the park offers opportunities for camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife observation and stargazing. The Rio Grande at the park’s border gives adventure-seekers canoeing, rafting and kayaking options as well.

Don’t be dissuaded that Midland doesn’t make headlines as often as it’s larger sister cities. There is plenty of excitement here to fill your vacation days, and few places where you’ll encounter a greater share of that Southern hospitality that Texas is so famous for. And with WhatsCheaper.com making it a breeze to book your flight and hotel reservations, all that’s left to do is pack your bags. Just click on the links above to begin your journey into the heart of Dixie.

MUST SEE IN Midland, TX LIST:

  • 1. CAF Airpower Museum
  • 2. George W. Bush Childhood Home
  • 3. Haley Library and History Center
  • 4. Museum of the Southwest
  • 5. Permian Basin Petroleum Museum & Chaparral Racecar Gallery
  • 6. Scarborough-Linebery House
  • 7. I-20 Wildlife Preserve & Jenna Welch Nature Study Center
  • 8. Sibley Nature Center
  • 9. Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
  • 10. Susi's South Forty Candy Factory

Midland, TX EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Permian Basin Home & Garden Show - February
  • 2. Silver Spur Gun & Knife Show - February
  • 3. Scottish-Irish Faire - March
  • 4. Summer Concert Series - June through August
  • 5. Summer Mummers Series - June through September
  • 6. Tall City Blues Fest - July
  • 7. Rock the Desert (Christian Music Festival) - August
  • 8. Septemberfest - September
  • 9. Western National Bank Golf Classic - September
  • 10. Commemorative Air Force AIRSHO - October

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