The Upper Valley attractions

Lake in The Upper Valley

Falcon International Reservoir

This 136-sq-mile lake was formed by the Falcon Dam (1953) on the Rio Grande. Although seemingly tranquil, the lake has also suffered from the border tensions: fishing boats have been beset by pirates as recently as …
Museum in Laredo

Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

Housed in the 1840 capitol of the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande, this excellent museum brings that turbulent period to life with displays about the confused political climate of the time and items from ever…
Museum in Laredo

Border Heritage Museum

Operated by the Webb County Heritage Foundation, the Border Heritage Museum may be open with a special exhibition. It’s housed in the restored Villa Antigua, an early 20th-century building that was near collapse bef…
Museum in The Upper Valley

Zapata Museum of History

Off US 83 between Laredo and McAllen in the small town of Zapata, this museum has historical artifacts and archival photographs of the former town of Zapata (now at the bottom of the Falcon Reservoir) and makes for …
Historic Building in Eagle Pass

Aztec Theater

The 1915 Aztec Theater, the first Mayan Revival–style movie theater in the US, was a center of Eagle Pass community life until it closed in 1983. It's currently being used as retail space, but you can still admire t…
Ruins in Eagle Pass

Ruins of Fort Duncan

Though Fort Duncan Museum is long since shuttered, you can still wander through the ruins of the 1868 barracks and imagine what life might have been like for soldiers posted to this remote section of the border.
Historic Site in Laredo

San Agustín Plaza

Parts of this downtown plaza, the oldest in Laredo, date from 1767. The streets surrounding it are cobblestoned and lined with ancient oaks where you can escape the sun and often listen to music with locals relaxing…
Historic Site in Laredo

Fort McIntosh Historic Site

Established in 1849 to protect the region from raiding bandits and hostile local tribes, Fort McIntosh remained active through the Mexican Revolution and two World Wars. Fort McIntosh was decommissioned in 1946, and…
Viewpoint in Roma

Roma Bluffs

Three acres of lush nature preserve along the banks of the Rio Grande are one of the World Birding Center properties that dot the border. A lookout on the namesake bluff has great views of birds, Mexico and the thin…
Cathedral in Laredo

San Agustín Cathedral

This is the third church that has stood on this site at the plaza's east end. Vaguely Gothic Revival, the church was erected in 1872 and has thick whitewashed walls. The decoration inside and out is simple, and the …