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Mission, United States

Mission, in the Rio Grande Valley, is the capital of the butterfly and a favorite destination to watch birds and enjoy outdoor activities

Typical food

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Typical food of Mission, United States

The gastronomy of Mission is quite varied and has a strong Mexican influence

Mission has a variety of restaurants and fast food establishments, including those of Mexican cuisine that abound due to its location at the border. Some of the most popular places for eating in Mission are Florian Coffe Room & Boutique, Marco's Burger and Catering, Renee's of Sharyland, The Riverside Club, Rockin' Burgers & Dogs, and Siempre Natural. Mexican restaurants include La Hormiga de Reynosa and La Michoacana, the latter selling popsicles and ice cream. Other places to taste Mexican specialties are Dalla's Specializing in Tamales, Chilakas, Danny's, Mero Mero Taco and Parrilladas, La Casa Del Taco, La Fogata, Lalo's Restaurant, Los Abuelos Taqueria Restaurant, Mi Chalitas, and Tacos La Silla. The economic activity of the city includes the cultivation of citrus fruits such as the grapefruit to produce one of the best juices in the world.

Weather

Useful Tips

  • - If you travel between March and November, drink plenty of water and use a hat or cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

    - You should dress in layers between October and April, with light clothing during the day and warmer garments at night.

    - To enjoy the natural attractions of Mission, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring binoculars for watching birds and butterflies.

The weather in Mission, United States

The climate of Mission is tropical, with temperate winters and an average temperature of 24 °C (75 °F). Rains range from moderate to intense throughout the year, with 563 mm (22 in) of precipitation. Historic maximum and minimum temperatures were 44 °C (111 °F) in 1994 and -9 °C (16 °F) in 1989.

What to bring by season

Precipitations in Mission are steady throughout the year and the rainiest month is September with 89 mm (3.5 in) of rain. On the opposite, March and November bring lighter rains not exceeding 20 mm (0.8 in) of precipitation. Days are usually warm, with over 30 °C (86 °F) from April to October, and reaching 37 °C (99 °F) in July and August. The coolest months are December and January with highs of 21 or 22 °C (70-72 °F) and lows of 8 or 9 °C (46-48 °F).

We recommend bringing light clothes made of natural fabrics to keep you cool, a hat or a cap, sunglasses, and comfortable shoes. In winter you should bring pants and jacket for the evenings. You might also need an umbrella or a rain jacket, especially in September.

Overview

About Mission, United States

The city of Mission is next to the border with Mexico, in the Rio Grande Valley, west of McAllen. This town in Texas is located in a region that was formerly inhabited by Native American Coahuiltecan people, nomadic groups who lived on both sides of the Rio Grande.


La Lomita Mission is the attraction that marks the beginning of the history of the city and from which it took its name. It was originally built in 1865 by the Oblatos missionaries, whose ranch was the center of activities in the area in the early 20th century. Other historic attractions include Los Ebanos Ferry, with three cars that are manually drawn; the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe that stands out for its architectural design; the Mission Historical Museum; Mansion on Shary that belonged to the father of the industry of Texan citrus; and Granjeno Cemetery, the final resting place for several veterans. You can also visit The Border Theater that has been in service for more than 65 years, and The Rio Theater dating back to 1912. Through a mural, the city also pays homage to Tom Landry, a football star born in Mission who won two Super Bowls for the Dallas Cowboys team when he was their coach.

Mission stands out for being one of the best places for bird and butterfly watching, with spectacular sunsets. The city is home to the National Butterfly Center with thousands of plants where caterpillars grow and provide food for many species; and Bentsen State Park, one of the most important areas of the United States to see tropical birds, since it houses the headquarters of the World Birding Center, dedicated to the promotion of environmental conservation. Anzalduas Park comprises the dam of the same name, with a pier and an observatory; and Riverside Club, where you can take boat rides. All of them are ideal places to admire birds.

Mission has RV parks, outdoor spaces for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, and paintball; 16 kilometers (10 mi) of trails with two bridges that can be explored on foot or by bicycle; 25 urban parks with sports facilities and three pools, one of them semi-Olympic and an indoor one. Some of the parks are Astroland Park, Bannworth Park, CWV Park, Jaycee Park, Lions Park, and Northside Pool. Mission also has four golf courses, Shary Municipal Golf Course, Cimarron Country Club, Martin Valley Ranch, and Meadow Creek in the Valley.

If you plan to visit Mission, you can travel during its most important events. The Citrus Festival takes place in January, with a fair, a parade, and a cooking contest on bonfires. The South Texas Outdoor Life Festival is held in Bentsen State Park in October, with several sporting races; and the Annual Texas Butterfly Festival takes place in November and includes photo contests and species count.

***The official currency of the United States is the US dollar (USD).