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MidlandUnited States of America

The “Tall City” rises above the plains and oil rigs that dot the Southern Plains of Texas. Enjoy museums and theaters in its bustling downtown. 

In a state known for its endless plains, Midland stands out. Nicknamed the “Tall City,” this metropolis rises quite literally above the Southern Plains of Texas.

Midland was founded in 1881 as a midway stop between Fort Worth and El Paso on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. When oil was discovered in the Permian Basin in 1923, the city quickly transformed from a sleepy outpost to the unofficial headquarters of the West Texas oil industry.

Learn about the “black gold” that shaped this region’s economy at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. This massive center depicts the oil industry through murals, antique drilling equipment and historical artifacts.

In the beautiful Turner Mansion, visit the Museum of the Southwest, an impressive display of art and artifacts from the American Southwest. Bring younger visitors to the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum, which is filled with interactive exhibits. The Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium gives visitors a glimpse into the night sky with sky shows and star viewings.

To learn about Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War or to explore Western artifacts, see the exhibits at the Haley Memorial Library and History Center. This downtown compound takes visitors on a journey through the history of Texas, from early Western settlement to the development of the railroad and later mining industries.

Although downtown Midland is known for its skyscrapers, it retains a small city charm. Enjoy a leisurely meal or shop at local boutiques. Take advantage of the lively cultural scene downtown. Yucca Theater and Cole Theater regularly put on highly acclaimed plays and other productions.

The city also has White House connections as the hometown of First Lady Laura Bush and residence of both Bush presidents at one time or another.

There’s a reason wide-brimmed cowboy hats are so popular in Texas; expect sunshine throughout the year. Precipitation is rare and temperatures rarely fall below freezing even during winter cold waves.

Top Hotels in Midland

MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center Odessa
MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center Odessa
3.5 out of 5
5200 E. University Blvd., Odessa, TX
The price is CA $110 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Odessa, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Presidential Museum and Leadership Library and Ellen Noel Art Museum. Stonehenge Replica and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (927 reviews)

"Staff very helpful- went beyond expectations with airport shuttle. Comfortable bed. Great value for the money"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center Odessa
MCM Grande Hotel FunDome Odessa
MCM Grande Hotel FunDome Odessa
3 out of 5
6201 E Business I-20, Odessa, TX
The price is CA $93 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Odessa, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Presidential Museum and Leadership Library, Ellen Noel Art Museum and Stonehenge Replica. Music City ...

4/5Very Good! (600 reviews)

"First time staying and I absolutely loved it definitely will be staying again the property was so beautiful the staff was very friendly the food at the restaurant was delicious the Only thing I didn’t like about my stay was the fact that hardly anyone was wearing a mask and with this Covid I figured ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

MCM Grande Hotel FunDome Odessa
Baymont by Wyndham Odessa
Baymont by Wyndham Odessa
2.5 out of 5
4101 Parks Legado Rd, Odessa, TX
The price is CA $99 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Stonehenge Replica, Presidential Museum and Leadership Library and Ellen Noel Art Museum. Music ...

4/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"Rooms were clean and comfortable. Staff was not very welcoming"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Baymont by Wyndham Odessa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Midland

Staybridge Suites Midland
Staybridge Suites Midland
3 out of 5
1505 Catalina Dr, Midland, TX
The price is CA $117 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in the heart of Midland, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Scharbauer Sports Complex, Grande Comunications Stadium and First American Bank Ballpark. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (290 reviews)

"Nice, new and clean. Friendly staff. No WiFi instructions given at check in."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Staybridge Suites Midland
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Odessa
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Odessa
3 out of 5
4412 Tanglewood Lane, Odessa, TX
The price is CA $102 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Odessa, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Music City Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Stonehenge Replica and Ellen Noel Art Museum. Presidential ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (363 reviews)
Saved by the Bell!

"I went to the Elegante hotel on university first and they said I couldn’t stay after they promised me my stay and booking over the phone! I get on hotels.com and find this place which got me in FAST within 10 min!!! Awesome service at amazing speed, will be my go to place from now on!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 18, 2020

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Odessa
Staybridge Suites Odessa - Interstate HWY 20
Staybridge Suites Odessa - Interstate HWY 20
3 out of 5
810 S John Ben Shepperd Pkwy, Odessa, TX
The price is CA $130 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Odessa, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ellen Noel Art Museum, Presidential Museum and Leadership Library and Stonehenge Replica. Music ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)

"Clean, Freindly and the A/C was awesome. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 18, 2020

Staybridge Suites Odessa - Interstate HWY 20
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Midland

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
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Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Appreciate a sophisticated performance under the dazzling lights of this intriguing auditorium that seems to stand in the middle of nowhere.

Top things to do in Midland

Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Texas
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Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Texas

CA $13
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Texas
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Texas

CA $26
Per adult
City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas
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City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas

CA $13
Per adult

Reviews of Midland

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3/5 - Okay

Ally

May 17, 2019

No opinion, saw really only the airport, airport hotel, and roads out of town. Seems okay, would be nice if some of the pizza restaurants would deliver to the airport hotel!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 13, 2019

Very busy town do to oil and gas activity.

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