McAllen Lands in Top 5 for Affordable Cities to Visit in Texas

by Office of Communications | Feb 15, 2024

Travel site ranked cities more affordable than Dallas

McAllen has once again landed in the top 5 of another state list; this time, a ranking of cities in Texas more affordable than Dallas.  The ranking, compiled by The Travel website, looked at 10 cities and compared travel costs, including flights, hotel and affordable entertainment options. McAllen earned the number four spot, while other border cities, Laredo and El Paso were named three and two respectively.  Other cities on the list included south central communities and Dallas’ neighbors, Arlington and Fort Worth.

While the cities listed are more affordable than Dallas, they are still bustling cities in their own right. In fact, according to the author of the article, many of them are hidden gems in Texas that offer wide open spaces, cultural richness, and cost-conscious opportunities.

“McAllen is a great place to live, work, play or visit,” said McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos.” Whether someone visits for a weekend, or decides to visit forever, McAllen will provide the best vacation or stay-cation not only on a budget, but on any budget.”

Costs for a solo traveler for the weekend in McAllen costs $379, compared to $531 in Dallas.  McAllen is one of the affordable cities in Texas that makes Dallas look really expensive in comparison. Visitors can immerse themselves in the city's cultural richness with a visit to the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS), offering free admission on Sundays, where art and science converge in captivating exhibitions; stroll through the lush landscapes of Quinta Mazatlán, a historical mansion-turned-nature center, which provides affordable admission and abundant birdwatching opportunities.  And of course, McAllen's downtown entertainment district offers budget-friendly delights with live music and great local cuisine.

  • Best Times to Visit: August to November
  • Best Budget Accommodation:  $27 - $89 for a 2 or 3-star hotel
  • Cost of Flights: $602 - $858

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Quinta Mazatlan
Downtown McAllen
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