Interesting Odessa Texas

Sunset Odessa Texas, originally uploaded by chasqui01.

Odessa, in the northern section of West Texas, has a lot going for it -including spectacular sunsets like the one pictured above. Read on to learn a little more about this city on the western edge of the state.

These days, Odessa receives a scant 13 inches of rain each year, but over 200 million years ago, the land around Odessa was submerged under an enormous sea. The rich marine life in those waters left an important legacy to the Permian Basin and Odessa – oil. Today, Odessa is perhaps best known for its oil. Bed and Breakfasts in Odessa cater to business travelers, and provide more comfortable, homey lodging than traditional hotels.

Odessa is also well known as a university town. In fact, there are three institutes of higher learning here: the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Odessa College. The next time you get a hankering to visit your student or head back for a reunion of your own, consider staying in Odessa bed and breakfasts.

While in Odessa, be sure to take advantage of some of the cultural offerings there, such as the Globe of the Great Southwest, a theater made in the image of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater of England; the theaterĀ  produces all types of play, and is home to a Shakespeare festival each fall. The Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale is the region’s largest orchestra, and presents a wide variety of music throughout the year, from chamber music to Pops to the West Texas Winds.

There are many other points of interest in and around Odessa, such as the Odessa Meteor Crater, southwest of the city, and a Stonehenge replica on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

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