Laredo Information

Laredo, Texas, has recently revamped its tourism industry, welcoming travelers with more hotel options than ever before. The city, on the banks of the Rio Grande, is home to quality hotels like the Staybridge Suites, Rialto Hotel, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn Express and a new globally-ranked Best Western Inn at San Isidro.

In 2007, Laredo gained recognition as an All America City finalist due to its patriotic spirit. That spirit is exemplified in the city's celebration of Washington's birthday each year brings pageantry, fireworks, family entertainment, street parties and more. Since 1898, the celebration has remained the country's largest, drawing nearly half a million participants each year.

Every January, Laredo plays host to the International Sister Cities Festival. The three-day event features cultural offerings, handicrafts, food, music and dance from the nations of China, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, Argentina and Australia.

The city is a perfect place to explore the South Texas landscape. Laredo boasts nine extensive nature trails that range in difficulty from easy to moderate. On a scenic walk, visitors can see flowers and native plants local to South Texas, spy rare birds in their natural habitats and take in picturesque views of the Rio Grande.

Foodies can dine at four of the top Mexican restaurants in Texas, as chosen by Texas Monthly. The city has plenty of other dining options as well, including Asian restaurants, steakhouses, sushi bars, seafood restaurants, diners, barbeque spots and more.

San Bernardo Avenue is legendary for its authentic Mexican atmosphere and 40 blocks of fine shops. The eclectic stores sell everything from talavera pottery, handmade furniture, wrought iron creations, clay chimeneas, religious artwork and more. Taking a stroll down San Bernardo makes visitors feel as though they are in Mexico without ever having to cross the border.

Founded in 1755 by Don Tomas Sanchez, Laredo has a rich historic legacy that is still evident on the city's streets. The Webb Country Heritage Foundation is a great place to start one's historic tour of the city, which may include stops at Jarvis Plaza, the landmark Casa Ortiz, the San Agustin historical district and church and the Bruni-Cantu Building.