Tyler is one of the certified retirement communities in Texas, a program that insures a welcoming infrastructure for retirees. The population was over 100,000 in 2013 - up 20% from 2000. Tyler bills itself as the Rose Capital of America, which it celebrates with its famous fall Texas Rose Festival. Tyler has the largest municipal rose garden in the U.S. It also has the Tyler Azalea Trail, which winds its way through local streets and gardens. The city was a former cotton and oil town and as a result has a beautiful old heritage. The University of Texas Tyler is a local employer and provides a youthful air to the city.
Tyler’s charming brick streets lead visitors to an array of family attractions, quaint antique shops and unique specialty stores. Outdoor buffs enjoy crystal-clear lakes, challenging golf courses and scenic campgrounds that offer fishing, picnicking, paddle-boating and hike and bike trails. Photo of the Whitaker-McClendon House courtesy of Wikipedia and Renelibrary, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/