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Explore this lively university town on the border between Texas and Mexico. McAllen is a sunny, Mexico-flavored town in the Rio Grande Valley, home of the South Texas College and near the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Come to enjoy the tropical weather, and attractions such as the International Museum of Art and Science. The city is also home to the impressive Quinta Mazatlan estate, where hundreds of birds live in the gardens.

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McAllen and beyond: Sunny Southern Texas by car

McAllen places you near the beautiful beaches of southern Texas, and close to one of the most historically interesting cities in the state. We’ve picked three nearby destinations to visit in your rental car.

South Padre Island

For a quick trip to the coast from McAllen, head to South Padre Island, next to the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The island is famed for its beaches, watersports and wildlife. Meet the friendly inhabitants of Sea Turtle, Inc., where turtles are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. To see animals in the wild, take a boat tour to spot dolphins in the waves.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 80 miles

Corpus Christi

The coastal town of Corpus Christi sits next to a beach and protected wildlife reserves, making it another irresistibly scenic escape on the Texas coastline. The town itself is full of attractions, from the World War II museum aboard the USS Lexington, to the delights of the Texas State Aquarium. This vast attraction features coral reef and Caribbean habitats, as well as a program of remarkable dolphin shows.

Journey time: Around 2 hours 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 155 miles

San Antonio

The history of Texas comes to life in the city of San Antonio. Here, you can find the Alamo, the site of the famous battle fought by Davy Crockett. It’s also a modern, moving city, with a lively bar and restaurant scene situated along the picturesque River Walk. There are also terrific theme parks in the city, including the immensely popular Six Flags, and an array of excellent museums.

Journey time: Around 3 hours 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 240 miles