Located in the Piney Woods area of East Texas, Tyler is the largest city in the region, and a hub of commerce, culture and entertainment. The community is internationally known for the beautiful roses, grown and displayed throughout the city. These spectacular flowers begin blooming in May, and continue through autumn. The city celebrates its designation as "Rose Capitol of America" with the annual Rose Festival in mid-October. For travelers with interests in history, Tyler is home to 26 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including the 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum.
Tyler is easily accessible by air, through Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR) from Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW). Car rentals are available at the Tyler airport and are necessary if you wish to sightsee during your stay. Parking is inexpensive and easy to find anywhere in the city. Driving distance to Tyler, from Dallas, is approximately 90 miles.
Downtown Tyler's Main Street has undergone a charming revitalization and is consistently recognized as a Nationally Accredited Main Street program. Galleries, shops, and restaurants are nestled into historic buildings along the streets near the town square. Staying at a hotel nearby makes sense if you want to take advantage of the areas attractions. As the seat of Smith County, Tyler was named in recognition of the efforts of U.S. President John Tyler in admitting Texas to the United States.