Four Reasons Why You Want to Visit Edinburg, TX
When people think about visiting Texas, they can often overlook some of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities the state has to offer. One such gem is the city of Edinburg.
Right along the Texas / Mexican border, and part of the Rio Grande Valley region, the Edinburg region is home to over 2 million people, a diverse culture, and many beautiful, natural attractions.
We can think of at least four good reasons why everyone would want to visit Edinburg, TX.
See the Rio Grande in Texas
The Rio Grande is one of the largest (4th or 5th depending on how it is measured) river systems in the United States and forms the natural border between the US and Mexico. It has been featured in many movies and songs, and plays a significant role in American history. It is definitely a national treasure that many Americans make it a point to see.
Edinburg is part of the Rio Grande Valley and boasts many parks offering fantastic views of the Rio Grande. In fact, its Bensten-Rio Grande Valley State Park in particular is considered one of the best places to enjoy and view the river.
If you have a bucket list of great American natural beauties you are trying to see, then a visit to Edinburg, TX can help you check one off of your list.
If you are one of the many who enjoy spying the beautiful birds of this country and ticking the rare birds off your viewing wish-list, then Edinburg is the place to visit.
Home to the World Birding Center, when you visit this birders’ haven you will get to enjoy viewing stations, towers, interpretive centers and a host of programs. It is a regular hotspot for bird watchers to descend to see the likes of Hook-billed Kites, Green Jays, Broad-winged Hawks, Audubon’s Orioles and Altamira.
Besides the World Bird Center, you will also be able to enjoy the Frontera Audubon – a 15 acre preserve perfect for viewing birds as well as butterflies, and various reptiles. This Audubon center is dedicated to preserving the Rio Grande Valley habitat.
A final stop for all bird lovers is the Quinta Mazatlan. This historic mansion is now used to house an organization that teaches classes on helping injured birds, butterflies and native plant life. With over eight themed gardens, including a butterfly garden and a hummingbird garden, among others, all bird watchers and nature lovers will enjoy this unique site.
Nature Lovers’ Paradise
As may already be evident, the Edinburg area is a true haven for nature lovers of all sorts.
Besides the awesome bird viewing that can be enjoyed at the above locations, and really any of the local and state parks in the area, there are also numerous large-scale butterfly gardens, including the National Butterfly Center, which houses over 200 species of butterflies, and many other live animals and plants in their gardens, trails and grounds.
There are also a number of state parks in the area, such as Estero Llano Grande State Park and the Rio Grande Valley State Park, among other local parks, that all boast many trails, wild life viewing, and picturesque views of the Rio Grande.
Edinburg, TX is A Diverse City
Finally, Edinburg is an amazingly diverse city. Being on the Texas/Mexican border, it is rich with both Republic of Texas and Mexican pride and culture. The area is home to many festivals and celebrations that celebrate this unique area of blended heritages.
A perfect example of its diverse and unique culture is its famous Tejano Walk of Fame. This area is where Tejano, or Tex-Mex music, was born. Since its development it has gained not only local and state-wide attention, but national and even international acclaim as well.
So why wait? Visit this cultural and naturally rich little Rio Grande Valley city soon!