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
The price is ¥13,364 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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! (937 reviews)
"I loved everything the workers were great the rooms are really nice. Great places to stay."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham McAllen La Plaza Mall
Best Western Plus McAllen Airport Hotel
Best Western Plus McAllen Airport Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1500 Wichita Ave, McAllen, TX, 78503
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥16,604 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in McAllen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"Very convenient with easy walk to & from Airport. Also ease walk to Mall. Beds were extremely comfortable and hotel was clean with friendly staff."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Best Western Plus McAllen Airport Hotel
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, 78501
The price is ¥17,819 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in McAllen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,004 reviews)
"This is the first time we stay here en we just love it. The breakfast instalations and everything were great. Congrats"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton McAllen Convention Center
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.
Medieval Castle Hôtel ™ ⚔️🛡
Medieval Castle Hôtel ™ ⚔️🛡
McAllen, TX
The price is ¥44,412 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
Stay at this vacation home in McAllen. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and an onsite playground. Popular attractions La Plaza Mall and Basilica of Our Lady of San ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Hidden Oasis!
"This is the best hidden gem that McAllen has to offer. Beautiful, unique and exceptional!!"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Medieval Castle Hôtel ™ ⚔️🛡
Lovely 2-bedroom condo, perfectly located!
Lovely 2-bedroom condo, perfectly located!
McAllen, TX
Stay at this condo in McAllen. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a balcony. Popular attractions La Plaza Mall and Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
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"Very clean and neat"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Lovely 2-bedroom condo, perfectly located!
🏡 Home sweet Home in the ❤️of McAllen
🏡 Home sweet Home in the ❤️of McAllen
McAllen, TX
Stay at this property in McAllen. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions La Plaza Mall and McAllen Botanical Gardens (McAllen Nature ...
🏡 Home sweet Home in the ❤️of 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.

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