These twin cities are in the Brazos River Valley, where Stephen F. Austin's colonists settled. Bryan is named in honor of William Joel Bryan, nephew of Texas pioneer Stephen F. Austin. It has been the agricultural and commercial center of the area since 1867. Today Downtown Bryan is home to numerous restaurants, boutiques, event venues and art galleries. College Station traces its origins back to the founding of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as Texas A&M University. The U.S. Postal Service gave the city its name in 1877 based on its status as a railway stop. College Station also is home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, one of three presidential libraries in the state. The Presidential Corridor begins here, stretching from Texas 6 to Texas 21 and U.S. 290 to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin. Celebrate Christmas Texas-style at Santa’s Wonderland near College Station, open mid-November to early January. www.santas-wonderland.com.
614 Holleman Drive E., Suite 1100, in College Station.