Popular places to visit in Odessa
Odessa is one of those little-known towns in West Texas that quietly holds a rich history of the American West, yet is not on the radar of most tourists. Sure, it started as a cattle water stop for the railway, but once that black gold was discovered in the late 1920s, everything changed. Now, a vacation in Odessa means history, and a quirky blend of art and culture that will make you glad you came. Thanks to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and the strong business community, there are plenty of options for hotels in Odessa too.
You'll understand the quirkiness of this town when you discover the local attractions. On the UTPB campus, you won't want to miss Odessa's Presidential Museum and Leadership Library -- it's dedicated to the entire office, instead of just one particular president. While you're there, check out the Stonehenge replica on campus. You can learn all about the old West and the railroads at the Texon Santa Fe Depot, and then dream about outer space at the Odessa Meteor Crater, a giant hole in the earth that's 550 feet wide. Or maybe you'd rather just go ice skating at the indoor rink at the Music City Mall. See? Odessa vacation packages are nothing if not varied!
Recurring Festivals and Events
Odessa College plays host to the annual Shakespeare Festival every summer. The event is held in an authentic replica of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. At the end of September, the Commemorative Air Force headquarters puts on the Airsho. This group's focus is on highlighting the contributions of military aviation. Crowds gather at the Airsho for the "Ghost Squadron's" exciting reenactment of famous WWII battle scenes.
There is certainly more to Odessa than meets the eye. And, don't forget about the Travelocity Price Guarantee. Travelocity will match a lower price and refund the difference. Whether you're searching for car rentals in Odessa or for Odessa packages, we've got you covered!
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