The twin cities of Laredo , Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2005, are situated on the banks of the Rio Grande. Laredo, which has a population of 207,787, has been governed under seven national flags. Nuevo Laredo has a burgeoning population of 355,827. The twin cities are collectively referred to as Los Dos Laredos. The weather is moderate in winter months around 68°F (20°C) but sizzling in mid-summer around 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.
Non-US nationals are recommended to carry their immigration documents with them even if they do not plan on crossing the border into Neuvo Laredo, Mexico. There are check points on your way back from Laredo where they might be asked to show your immigration documents.
Non-US citizen having a valid US visa who decide to cross the border and enter Mexico should be prepared for a long wait at the CBP detention center/check post to get back into US, even with all the necessary documentation. It might not be a pleasant one, but can be minimized by crossing at off hours or by using alternative crossings, such as the Colombia bridge.
Laredo International Airport (IATA: LRD) (ICAO: KLRD),  has scheduled direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth (80 minutes), Houston (80 minutes), and Las Vegas (165 minutes) via American Eagle, United Express, and Allegiant Air.
Laredo is served by Greyhound and several cross border Mexican bus lines such as Turimex Internacional and Autobuses Americanos. All intercity buses depart from a central bus terminal in Downtown which is located at 610 Salinas Ave.
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, especially the myriad importers along San Bernardo. For example, visit Marti's  for antiques, furnishings, folk art, jewelry, ceramics and local in Nuevo Laredo or San Antonio, Texas, where Marti's is now open at 310 W. Commerce, downtown, San Antonio.
Southwestern and Mexican cuisine restaurants abound in Laredo. Here are two examples:
Also, beef is a popular item on any menu in this area.
The drinking age in Texas, as in the rest of the US, is 21, but the drinking age in the state of Tamaulipas, as in the rest of Mexico, is 18. Many Texan high school seniors and college students from San Antonio and Austin make their way to Nuevo Laredo to drink.
Laredo, overall, is a very safe city to work or visit. As in all other border towns, always be aware of your surroundings. Residents of Texas are allowed to carry concealed firearms after completing training and a thorough background check, however it is illegal to transport any guns or ammunition into Mexico. Doing so can result spending time in a Mexican jail.
Day trips by car can take you to Zapata TX (less than 1 hour to the south) for hunting, fishing and nature observation/birding; and to Kingsville (less than two hours to the east) a ranching heritage town, and home of the King Ranch Museum. Cross over the bridge to Nuevo Laredo and visit nearby San Ygnacio, Camargo City, Ciudad Mier, Ciudad Miguel Aleman and Ciudad Diaz Ordaz for a taste of Mexican history, environment and lifestyles.