The twin cities of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which celebrate their 250th anniversary in 2005, are situated on the banks of the Rio Grande. Laredo, which has a population of 190,000, has been governed under seven national flags. Nuevo Laredo has a burgeoning population that exceeds 300,000. The twin cities are collectively referred to as Dos Laredos. The weather is moderate in winter months 68°F (20°C) but sizzling in mid-summer 100°F (39°C).
This city is the commercial hub of the South Texas Plains, which is primarily an agricultural region. It offers entertainment, education, and cultural resources that fit well with its Hispanic heritage. Laredo is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
Laredo is accessible by car via Interstate highway I-35, and highways US 59 and US 83. I-35 is the U.S. portion of the Pan American Highway that stretches from Central America to Canada.
Laredo International Airport (IATA: LRD) (ICAO: KLRD),  has scheduled air connections to Dallas/Fort Worth (50 minutes) and Houston (50 minutes) via American Eagle and Continental Express.
El Metro,  is the city's municipal bus service, offering scheduled routes as well as paratransit services. Laredo is quite spread out, so car rental is an attractive local transportation alternative.
Historic attractions in old Laredo include Plaza San Augustin (where various dance, music and crafts festivals take place throughout the year), the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, and El Mercado, the old city hall.
Wildlife game abound in south Texas, so Laredo is a popular destination for hunters and fishermen. Birders can spot the Great Kiskadee, White-tipped Dove, Green Jay, Scrub Jay, Red-billed Pigeon, Audubon's Oriole and possibly the White-Collared Seedeater in the region.
Mexican souvenirs and crafts are plentiful in local marts. For example, visit Marti's for antiques, furnishings, folk art, jewelry, ceramics and local art
Thomas Grocery, 206 Juarez Ave, +1 956-729-7379.
Southwestern and Mexican cuisine restaurants abound in Laredo. Here are two examples:
La Barranca, 107 Calle del Norte at Fountain Center, Tel: (956) 718-9955. Closed Sundays
El Tesoro Club, 1000 Zaragoza, in La Posada Hotel,, Tel: (956) 722-1701. Famous for its Sunday brunch.
El Pescador, 207 Shiloh Drive, Tel: (956) 725-8207, and 3919 San Dario, Tel: (956) 724-8958 specializes in Mexican seafood.