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, 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 (