A modern city of gleaming skyscrapers, Midland, Texas, literally stands out from the Southern Plains. The discovery of oil outside Midland in the 1920s transformed what was once a thriving railroad town into a booming oil town, which it remains to this day. Book flights to Midland and get ready to land in this towering bastion of Texas's black gold.
Out and About in Midland
Learn how Midland made its fortune—a process some 230 million years in the making—at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. All aspects of the petroleum industry are covered by the museum's exhibits, which range from exquisite jewel-like minerals to drilling tools and rigs. If you're traveling with children, choose Midland hotels near the Museum of the Southwest. The institution's Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum features hands-on exhibits including a child-sized cityscape called "My Town." The destination also appeals to art-lovers, with an on-site art gallery housed in a mansion that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a sculpture garden throughout its grounds. Daily star talks and shows at the Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium are another of the museum's attractions. And, finally, don't forget to visit the childhood home of Midland's most-famous son, George W. Bush, which is furnished in authentic 1950s style.
Eating and Drinking
Hotels in Midland will put you within reach of more than 100 restaurants, ranging from well-known chains to local barbecue joints. Diverse ethnic cuisines are represented, including Chinese, Thai, Italian, and Japanese fare, but for a true taste of Texas, choose among Midland's Tex-Mex restaurants, burger bars, or steakhouses, many located downtown.
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