Two places that are similar to Laredo, Texas, are Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Perhaps the most attractive and significant similarity between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Laredo is the fact that Santa Fe is recognized as an epicenter in its state for its history and architecture.
- Among Santa Fe's many notable sightseeing opportunities are Ohkay Owingeh, one of 19 federally recognized pueblos, the Spanish Colonial-era compound of Georgia O'Keeffe, and the Manhattan Project's three primary testing sites.
- Also, Santa Fe is known as the "birders paradise" of New Mexico, with more than 200 species recorded in the city's National Audubon Society, compared with Loredo's reputation as one of the best birding destinations in Texas, with over 240 species on record.
- Moreover, as the capital of New Mexico and the state's fourth-largest city, it offers a wide variety of amenities for travelers, including a myriad of museums, shopping opportunities, and even golf courses.
- Considering these similarities with Laredo, as well as its close proximity to the state of Texas, Santa Fe was determined to be a similar place to visit that might attract an analogous group of visitors.
- Although it is a bit smaller in size than Laredo or Santa Fe, Guthrie, Oklahoma, was also identified as a place similar to Laredo, given its standing as the largest Historic Preservation District in the US.
- In addition to the over 2,000 buildings in its historic district, Guthrie also benefits from a special atmosphere as Oklahoma's Territorial Capital.
- Just as Laredo has a unique and complex history and is the only city in Texas that to fly seven flags, so too is Guthrie, "one of the most unique towns" in all of Oklahoma, with original buildings that have stood for more than a century and a reputation as the "most haunted" city in its state.
- The culture and arts of this city include "one-of-a-kind" restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and local businesses.
- Additionally, despite its somewhat smaller footprint, Guthrie offers tourists the same amenities as larger cities such as Santa Fe and Laredo, including "many museums," local shopping venues, and even golf courses.
- One again, noting the fact that Guthrie offers very similar attractions to Laredo and is located close to Texas, Guthrie was also selected as a similar tourist destination that could attract the same potential group of visitors.
For the purpose of this analysis, two cities similar to Laredo but outside of Texas were first defined as those cities and towns within states that are adjacent to Texas. The reason for this is that proximity and climate are both key limiting factors in terms of visiting a location and may impact the attractiveness and feasibility of visiting a place for groups such as the elderly or mid-to-low income travelers.
Once the potential list of places was narrowed to cities and towns in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, a more refined search was conducted for locations in these states with unique architecture and historic sites. We determined this to be the second essential factor for any location to be considered similar to Laredo, given that the architecture and historic sites of the city represent one of its most significant differentiating factors.
Finally, within this subset of remaining places, further research was conducted to confirm that any identified location would offer amenities that were commensurate with Laredo, such as shopping, museums, or golf. Based on this thorough analysis, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Guthrie, Oklahoma, were determined to be two places that are similar to Laredo and might attract a similar cohort of visitors.