When to Go
While summer is high season for tourism in Longview, there are festivals, sporting and cultural events that draw visitors all year long. The average annual temperature is 64 degrees.
Thousands flock to Longview every year for its diverse range of festivals. The more popular ones include the Party in the Pines Motorcycle Rally and the Great Texas Balloon Festival, with the Freeze Fanny Bike Ride and Cinco de Mayo also making the top 10 list.
This lake-country city offers the best in boating, fishing (check out Lake O' The Pines on Highway 259), camping, hiking, biking, ATV and dirt bike riding, rodeos and golf.
Longview, which was established when an East Texas landowner sold 100 acres to the railroad for one gold dollar, has a historic downtown district. Heritage Plaza is dedicated to the first 100 years of the city's history, and nearby museums and centers focus on, among other topics, the oil industry.
Accommodations and Amenities
Though Longview only has 73,000 residents, it has 27 hotels and motels and dozens of restaurants of all price points. It is the shopping capital of East Texas and has entertainment that includes laser tag, putt-putt, archery, movies, concerts and cultural events.
Longview, described by locals as "Real East Texas," draws crowds around the Christmas holidays with its Light Up Longview decorations and festivities.