Caddo and Comanche Native Americans first called the Allen area home. Immigrants began to arrive in the 1840s, and the town was named and established in 1872.
In 1874, the Allen Water Station was constructed for use by the railroad.
The first Texas train robbery occurred in Allen in 1878 when a gang of robbers led by Sam Bass stole about $1,500 from one of the rail cars.
The town was incorporated in 1953 with a few hundred residents. Since 2000, it has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.
As of 2013, it held the rank of the 328th largest U.S. city. Also in 2013, the city was named as a Top 10 Best Town for Families by Family Circle magazine. The year before, it was named one of the "Best Places to Live in 2012" by MONEY magazine.
Olympic champion Carly Patterson and actor Jim Parrack are both from Allen.
For outdoor adventures, Allen visitors stay busy with over 800 acres of park terrain and more than 50 miles of trails for hiking, walking, and biking.
When to Visit Allen, TX
Allen is in a humid subtropical region north of Dallas, where summer temperatures and humidity can both be very high. Keep this in mind when visiting Texas during the summer.
There are over 230 days of sunshine and fewer than 70 days of significant precipitation. Summertime highs can easily reach 96 degrees while winter lows stay in the 30s.
The city receives minimal snowfall, and rainfall is on average with other U.S. cities. Where Allen is far below the U.S. average is the comfort index for humidity. The U.S. average is 44 out of 100 whereas Allen is 25 out of 100.
Although the summer months can be stifling, it is the most visited time of year, which means hotel prices are higher. The winter months of December through February are the best for rates and discounts.
The spring is a beautiful time to visit, when temperatures are a little cooler and there are many events and festivals. September through November is the best time to visit for fewer crowds and more pleasing temperatures.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Allen, TX:
Allen, TX: Prices by Star Rating Class
Below are 3 charts illustrating avg. price trends by star rating class in Allen, TX. Browse these illustrations to determine the cheapest time to stay in Allen throughout the year.
Luxury Hotel Options in Allen, TX
4 Star Average Prices: $123.42
Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas/Allen is an all-suite, completely non-smoking hotel conveniently located for entertainment, shopping, dining, and events at the Allen Event Center. You'll feel right at home in a studio or one- or two-bedroom suite featuring separate living and bedroom areas and a fully-equipped kitchen. Connect with friends using the free wireless internet, watch your favorite show on the flat-screen TV, and read the newspaper delivered each day. When you need groceries, the 24-hour convenience store has what you need, or use the free grocery shopping service. Enjoy breakfast each morning and socialize with cocktails Monday through Thursday afternoons.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Allen North-Event Center lets you leave the stress of traveling far behind with its welcoming atmosphere and excellent guest services. The beautifully decorated hotel, with a vintage Hollywood theme from the 1940s, is sophistication blended with casual, creating a relaxing place for leisure and business travelers. Guest rooms have what you need for a convenient stay, with a kitchenette, free internet access, stereo and cable TV, video rental, and a complimentary daily newspaper. Fuel each day with a complimentary continental breakfast, visit the fitness center, relax by the outdoor pool, or use the guest laundry facilities.
Affordable Hotel Options in Allen, TX
3 Star Average Prices: $96.78
Courtyard Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center addresses guest satisfaction on every level, whether you're staying for work or pleasure. For business guests, the hotel provides ample space with 15,000 square feet for meetings and events. The lobby keeps guests up-to-date with news and travel information on the GoBoard, and provides a place to relax, work, or get a snack, meal, or beverage at The Bistro. Unwind at the indoor pool or work out at the fitness center, then relax in a spacious guest room featuring plush bedding, large desk, and ergonomic chair for working, and complimentary high-speed internet.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Allen at The Village takes guest comfort seriously by creating an “at home” atmosphere. Relax on the comfort of a plush pillow-top mattress while watching cable TV or accessing the free Wi-Fi. Brew a cup of coffee, prepare a snack in the microwave, or enjoy an ice-cold beverage from the mini-fridge. For extra room, suites feature a separate area equipped with a sofa bed. Each morning, a delicious continental breakfast awaits, and there is also a soothing hot tub, pool, and fitness center. The hotel is pet-friendly, offers free parking, and has a 24/7 business center.
2 Star Average Prices: $80.50
Where are the real discounts in Allen
Quality Inn Hotel Allen-Plano East is a good choice for special events, group get-togethers, or business groups, with its affordable prices and an average group savings rate of 18.9 percent and a group-friendly rating of 10.0/10. The hotel's convenient location is near shopping, restaurants, the Millennium Corporate Park, and area attractions. Relax each night in premium bedding, connect with complimentary Wi-Fi, watch TV, use the DVD player, or prepare a snack in the microwave. The pet-friendly hotel offers free coffee, a business center, and refreshing options such as the pool, sauna, sun deck, and free hot breakfast.
Hilton Garden Inn® Dallas/Allen keeps business and group travelers on time, refreshed, and ready to go with a list of amenities designed for the on-the-go traveler. The hotel features a 24-hour business center and 10,000-square-foot conference center. It has an 8.8/10 group-friendly rating with an average group savings of 4.9 percent. Ideally located just off Highway 75, the hotel places you near Dallas as well as near restaurants and entertainment. Enjoy the comforts of a well-appointed room or suite, complimentary Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, breakfast at the Great American Grill®, 24-hour snacks from the Pavilion Pantry®, or order room service.
Best Value Options in Allen, TX
Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-Allen brings Texas hospitality to the forefront of comfort and convenience. Spacious suites and guest rooms feature one king or two queen beds to give you an excellent night's sleep. Guest rooms provide entertainment with cable television, free high-speed internet, and video games. Enjoy a free breakfast every morning, and those on the go can grab an On the Run® breakfast bag to fuel their energy levels. A cool pool and on-site fitness center are ready and waiting to help you unwind after a day of business or sightseeing. A business center and snack shop are also available.
Things To Do in Allen, TX
When planning a business or leisure trip to Allen, you'll have the best of both worlds. Allen has many points of interest to explore, and with its proximity to Dallas, Plano, and Garland, you can expand your sightseeing and entertainment excursions.
The Allen Events Center is the place to go for events, sports action, performances, and music concerts throughout the year. The American Airlines Center also features sports and entertainment year-round.
The Granville Arts Center in Garland offers a mixture of entertainment in theaters, visual arts, and the refurbished 1940s Plaza Theatre featuring its original art deco décor as the backdrop for stage productions, concerts, and special events.
Enjoy outdoor fun with fishing, boating, leisurely walks, and afternoon picnics at Lake Ray Hubbard. The Oak Point Nature Preserve, located just minutes away in Plano, offers 800 acres of beautiful landscape. Enjoy hiking and biking along both concrete and soft surface terrain bordered by Rowlett Creek. The park also features an amphitheater and pavilion.
Theme parks are always a great way to spend the day, and when visiting the Lone Star State you won't want to miss Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, less than an hour's drive away. Cool off and refresh at the Hawaiian Falls Water Park in Las Colinas, about 40 minutes away.
Fans of the old and new Dallas TV show won't want to miss a tour of the famous Southfork Ranch where the Ewings entertained audiences with 356 riveting episodes.
Golf enthusiasts will find courses to fit any skill level at one of the area's golfing venues. Choose from the Firewheel Golf Club, Topgolf, or Twin Creeks Golf Club for showing off your techniques on the greens.
Top off your stay in Allen with a visit to Watters Creek. Here you'll find dining, events, concerts, and movies on the green.
With its convenient access to neighboring cities offering nearly endless points of interest, attractions, and entertainment for all ages, Allen is a first-rate destination for business and pleasure travelers.
What did travelers think of the city of Allen?
Below are reviews of the city of Allen, TX from an actual visitor's perspective.
"A Relaxing Experience"
Score 5.0 / 5
Great location and a good number of eating establishments.
The average traveler rating of the city of Allen, TX shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews