Odessa, and its next-door neighbor Midland, are two cities of similar size that sit right next to each other. As each has grown over the years, the two cities keep growing closer and closer together, and the larger area has become known simply as Midland-Odessa. Like Dallas and Fort Worth, Midland and Odessa are pretty much inseparable.
Combined, the two cities have a population of around 200,000 and offer plenty of diversions for visitors.
Each city has its own minor-league sports team. The Midland RockHounds baseball team plays in the Double-A Texas League, while in Odessa the Jackalopes are a minor-league hockey team. "Jackalopes" are fictional giants of West Texas, and the "world's largest jack rabbit," an 8-foot-tall statue, has graced Odessa since 1962.
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.
The Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum highlights the second-largest meteor impact crater in the U.S. - although the crater is mostly filled in, so appears only as a very slight depression. It's still an interesting trip for anyone interested in geology or in the earth's history.
About 30 minutes west of Odessa is Monahans Sandhills State Park, whose desert dunes spread over 4,000 acres. Children will love sand surfing at this unusual geological destination.
More Odessa Attractions
Odessa golf courses
Globe of the Great Southwest
Parker House Ranching Museum
Texon Santa Fe Depot Museum
White-Pool House Museum
Did you know you can search for the best deals on hotels, airfares and car rentals and make your reservations right here? Check out our Texas Travel reservations page.
Odessa is right next door to Midland (to the west) along Interstate 20 (about halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso) in the eastern part of West Texas. U.S. Highway 358 is the main north-south road through Odessa.
The Midland International Airport serves the 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.
View Odessa on the map (link opens in a new window)
Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Odessa official website
Midland International Airport
Monahans Sandhills State Park
Odessa American newspaper