This site is a comprehensive directory for Tyler travel, tourism, hotels, restaurants, shopping, attractions, news, weather, maps, government, and recreation. Tyler is the largest retail, medical, and business center in East Texas.
We cover Tyler and much of East Texas for visitors traveling to Tyler, those attending Tyler conventions and business meetings, newcomers, and long-time residents.
A highlight of each spring season in East Texas is the 10-mile long Tyler Azalea Trail guiding visitors through neighborhoods of quaint brick streets, historic homes, and residential gardens filled with blooming azaleas, dogwoods and tulips.
Over the years the word spread across East Texas and beyond about Tyler azaleas. In 1960, the first marked tour routes were established to help guide tourists.
Today, over 100,000 people from all over the USA visit Tyler each spring to attend the Azalea Trail.
The 55th annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail will be held on March 21 - April 6, 2014.
Our Tyler Travel Guide lists other popular attractions, and links to travel reviews. Tyler features widely recognized attractions such as the Caldwell Zoo, and being the Rose Capital of America, is home to the Tyler Rose Garden.
This is the nation's largest municipal rose garden, listed in Livability's top 10 most inspiring gardens in the USA. Tyler is also the site of the annual Texas Rose Festival. The 81st Texas Rose Festival will be held on October 16-18, 2014, with "Cirque de la Rose" as its theme.
The new planetarium at Tyler Junior College has become a "don't miss" Tyler attraction. The planetarium features exhibits such as "Tales of the Maya", shows like "Astronauts" and "East Texas Live Skies", and the 1,500 pound Brenham meteorite. more on the Center for Earth & Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium, shows, dates, tickets
Tyler offers a number of first class museums, such as the Tyler Museum of Art, the Goodman-LeGrand home, the Cotton Belt Depot Museum and the new American Freedom Museum in Bullard.
And checkout our Tyler Outdoor Guide, Tyler Lakes section, and the Rose Rudman Recreational Trail
While in today's marketplace, some prefer the convenience of online shopping, others enjoy the friendliness and selections of local shopping here in Tyler and East Texas.
Shopping in Tyler spans the marketplace, from national retail giants such as Macy's and Coldwater Creek, to local eclectic, specialty boutiques ... use our map of stores to shop South Broadway, and the Broadway Square Mall.
And for a fun shopping adventure near Tyler, visit the world famous First Monday Trade Days in Canton on April 3 - 6, 2014, for all of your spring shopping and decorating projects. First Monday is the ultimate flea market in the entire U.S.A.
Tyler features a wide spectrum of restaurants serving traditional American fare, Mexican, Italian, Bar-B-Que, hamburgers, seafood, Asian, and more.
Recently many new restaurants have opened on South Broadway, including Chuy's Mexican Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill at the mall, Panera Bread and Moolah Burgers.
Other new dining options include the Corner Bakery Cafe, and Juls on Old Jacksonville Highway.
Plus, don't miss the best of Tyler, like Stanley's Bar-B-Que Restaurant on Beckham Avenue.
Tyler offers a variety of hotels, motels, inns, extended-stay suites, RV parks, and other accommodations situated near the major tourist, business, shopping, and medical centers of the city. Bed & Breakfasts around the Tyler area offer exceptional amenities and services.
And hotel growth continues in Tyler. In April of 2013, the Tyler City Council approved plans for a new conference center to be located at the corner of South Broadway Avenue and Toll Loop 49.
This facility will include 27,000 feet of meeting space, as well as an upscale, 250 room Marriott conference hotel. Construction could start during the summer of 2014.
When traveling to Tyler with kids or school groups, tour Brookshire's
Museum & Country Store and the Discovery
Even in difficult economic times nationally, employment and job search opportunities in Tyler remain strong, and better than much of the US.
Tyler and the East Texas job market employ a large number of jobs and careers in the oil & gas industry, oilfield, drilling, natural gas, petrochemical, and refining job sectors. But the economy is diverse, and manufacturing, healthcare, education, grocery distribution, information technology, communications, banking, and retail business also play a significant role.