Texas Tea. Black Gold. In other words, oil. That's what has always driven Midland, and it's what drove the Bush family to Midland.
Midland is half of the "twin cities" metropolitan area of Midland-Odessa, two similar-sized cities that are right next door to each other along Interstate 20 in West Texas. As each has grown over the years, the two cities keep growing closer and closer together. Midland and Odessa are pretty much inseparable, although Midland's fame has grown a little more since it is the hometown of President George W. Bush.
Combined, the two cities have a population of close to 200,000 and offer plenty of diversions for visitors.
The Midland RockHounds baseball team plays in the Double-A Texas League. The Midland-Odessa area boasts an impressive array of museums, from art to natural history. Among the best are the Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, the George W. Bush Childhood Home, the Presidential Museum, the Midland County Historical Museum and the Museum of the Southwest complex.
About 60 minutes west of Midland is Monahans Sandhills State Park, whose desert dunes spread over 4,000 acres. Children will love sand surfing at this unusual geological destination.
More Midland Attractions
Midland golf courses
American Airpower Heritage Museum
Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum
Haley Memorial Library and History Center
Marian Blakemore Planetarium
Midland Downtown Lions Club Fire Museum
Odessa and Odessa attractions
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Midland sits along Interstate 20 (about halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso) in the eastern part of West Texas. Texas Highway 349 is the main north-south road through Midland.
The Midland International Airport serves the Midland-Odessa area and is situated right smack in the middle between Midland and Odessa, off Interstate 20. The airport is served by American Eagle, Continental Express and Southwest airlines.
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Midland Convension and Visitors Bureau
City of Midland official website
Midland International Airport
Monahans Sandhills State Park
Midland Reporter-Telegram newspaper