Texas begins in Laredo—deep in the heart of South Texas at mile marker one of I-35. Laredo’s warm weather creates the perfect ambiance for relaxation. The Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course offers 18-holes of golf along the edge overlooking the Rio Grande (956/726-2000, www.themaxlaredo.com). Washington’s Birthday Celebration in February is one of the largest celebrations in the U.S. in honor of George Washington. The Laredo Birding Festival in February, offers guided tours of area sites (www.laredobirdingfestival.org).

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

501 San Agustín.


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