Why Everyone Should Travel to Texas at Least Once

10 Reasons You Really Need to Head to Texas

Why Everyone Should Travel to Texas at Least Once

Texas has outsized experiences for pretty much anyone. From unique art installations to natural parks, desserts to mountains, and ranching to space exploration, there is something to see no matter what type of vacation you prefer. Here are 10 of the top attractions in the Lone Star State that you don't want to miss.

San Antonio Riverwalk

The RiverWalk meanders along the winding SanAntonio River right in the heart of the historic city. It welcomes visitors with an array of food and entertainment options if you don't feel like walking along the banks, hop onto one of the many riverboat tours that will take you for an up-close look at life on the San Antonio River. For people looking for a truly memorable experience, you may want to plan your visit to coincide with the colorful Fiesta San Antonio which takes place in the spring.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Nothing conjures images of Texas more than cattle, so be sure to check out the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Brick-lined streets and wooden corrals will take you back to days gone by. Be sure to stick around for one of the twice-daily cattle drives that go right through town. While you are in the area, take a short drive for a chance to stay at the best cabins in Dallas for a relaxing getaway.

The Black Cowboy Museum

This tiny gem is tucked near downtown Rosenberg, Texas, just outside of Houston. Owned and operated by Larry Callies, a true Texas cowboy, the two-room museum offers a glimpse into a part of Texas history that you may not have even realized existed.

Padre Island National Seashore

Head to this sparsely developed beach area for some time away from it all. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and camping along the 70 miles of dunes on North Padre Island. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may see sea turtles or any number of the nearly 400 species of birds that pass through the seashore each year.

Cadillac Ranch

If you like art that makes a statement, then you will love the Cadillac Ranch. Take historic Route 66 west from Amarillo to experience this roadside treasure. Ten vintage Cadillac cars are buried nose-down in the desert sand. Over the years since it was installed, the art exhibit has taken on a new life as visitors add to the fading paint of the cars.

Big Bend National Park

When you really want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, head over to Big Bend National Park. Certified as a Dark Sky Park it is one of the best places in America to get a clear, undisturbed view of the night sky. The park includes the Chisos Mountains, sections of the Rio Grande River, and more than 1,200 species of native plants.

The Alamo

Another San Antonio favorite, visitors to the Alamo can actually walk inside the centuries-old fort and buildings. The Alamo is best known for the 13 day battle fought there between Mexican and Texas soldiers, but it was originally constructed as one of the many missions in the area, and it is still connected to others by the Missions Trail.

Space Center Houston

Don't pass up the opportunity to visit the space coast while you are in Texas. The Houston Space Center lets visitors see aircraft and spacesuits that were used on actually NASA missions. You can also tour inside a replica of the shuttle Independence, take a tram tour of the Johnson Space Center facilities, and see exhibits on Mars exploration and the International Space Station.

Circuit of the Americas

Formula One fans will surely want to check out the COTA raceway. It was the first race track in America built specifically for Formula One racing, but it also hosts a wide range of other activities. Check out their schedule for concerts and other upcoming events at the track.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you prefer heights to speed, you may want to head west to Guadalupe Peak. Located within the national park, it is the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet from base to summit. The park also features 80 miles of trails for those who may not want the challenge of a summit run.

No matter where you go geographically within Texas, there are amazing things to see. These popular attractions offer a small glimpse into all the state has to offer.

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