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Fly to Midland Texas airport + tour of Midland area

2 pm arrive and check in Sleep Inn & Suites go
This part of Texas is flat with long vistas. Mostly single story structures and in the distance the city “high rise/business district” is clearly visible. Its name – derived from its location – midway between Fort Worth and El Paso – where the rail tracks met.

2:45 pm meet in lobby for welcome by Midland Mayor Wes Perry and Midland CVB go
Receive our “official black cowboy hats”. Brenda Kissko, Tourism/PR manager for Midland, acts as our local tour guide, showing us the area on a  comfortable tour bus. Traveling group has come from far and wide – China, India, El Salvador, California, Germany and England are represented.

3 pm tour Museum of the Southwest go
Housed in the Turner Mansion (in National Register of Historic Places), the Museum collects and exhibits American Southwest art and archaeology. It also hosts traveling and temporary exhibits covering a broad range of art from Currier & Ives to Andy Warhol, archaeology to astronomy.

4:15 pm enjoy Blakemore Planetarium go Star Show at Museum of the Southwest
The Marian C. Blakemore Planetarium recently re-opened after an extensive remodel. It now features a revamped state-of-the-art projection theater (one of the few Spitz HD Star Projectors in the nation) and new education classroom.

5 pm tour George W. Bush Childhood Home go
The mission here is to interpret the history of one of America’s great families by telling the story of the Bush Family and the childhood of George W. Bush in Midland – celebrating the lives of 2 presidents, 2 governors, and 2 first ladies. The small single story home is modest inside and out. Fun to see the toys of the day – Lincoln logs, clamp-on skates, chinese checkers, slightly dog-eared children’s books, comic books (Lone Ranger) and a Cub Scout uniform. The kitchen is typical of the era – lots of hand tools, storage tins, matches to light the gas stove. The family area by todays standards is tiny, but the place is homey and warm with lots of wood paneling.

6 pm enjoy Tex-Mex dinner at Gerardo’s Casita go
Gerardo’s Casita is Midland’s 30 year choice for Tex-Mex cuisine with a menu consisting of homemade sauces, hand rolled enchiladas, fresh tender tasting meats and hand shaken margaritas. The festive atmosphere and the array of delectable dishes make for a memorable meal and experience.


stay Sleep Inn & Suites go
Fall asleep immediately – been a full day.


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