Texas is huge! Do you know that if Texas was laid on top of Europe, it would cover most of central and western Europe? With so much space, it’s no surprise that there is so much to see and do there. Here are some top tips on where to go!
How to get there?
If you are living in the US, then there are numerous ways to get to Texas. If you are happy to spend long hours in the car, then its easy enough to drive, as there are numerous highways that run into and throughout the state. Alternatively, for both American and International travelers, there are over 100 airports that serve big cities throughout the state, such as Houston and Dallas. From here it’s easy to rent a car and begin your adventure.
The most famous attractions in Texas is unsurprisingly, a place that helped forge Texas’ modern identity. The Alamo was originally built by missionaries but was later converted into a fort during the Texas War of Independence. Immortalized in the film The Alamo, where 187 defenders, fought an army of 3000 Mexicans until not one of the defenders was left alive, the Alamo receives more than 2.5 million visitors each year.
The second most popular attraction is one that helped shape not just the history of America, but also the whole world. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, changed the course of history. This event and the subsequent conspiracy theories that dispute the official story, that Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed J.F.K from the School Book Depository has seen millions of people visit to try to make up their own mind what happened that November day in 1963.
‘Houston we have a problem’. The Houston Space Center is a must see! Only 30 minutes drive from Houston, this is the home of mission control and where the whole US space program is run from. With a tour that is out of this world, including the chance to wear an astronaut’s uniform and fly a simulator, this is a must see attraction.
Texas has some unbelievable national parks. On the frontier with Mexico, Big Bend National Park has it all, rivers, canyons, vast mountain ranges, deserts, 240 miles of hiking trails and a huge amount of wildlife, including the most famous of all, the Golden Eagle. Areas of this national park were so beautiful that they were immortalized as the backdrop for countless Western movies. Guadalupe National Park is equally impressive, particularly the views around Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. If you want to get away from the heat to cooler climes then Padre Island National Seashore offers 70 miles of beaches, sand dunes and grasslands where you can see over 300 species of birds alone.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science and the National Museum of the Pacific War, have fantastic exhibitions while the chance to jump aboard and one of the largest serving ships in WW2, the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, should not be missed. If you still have any spare time then the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens are worth a half day visit, or if that’s not your thing then perhaps catch a game of American Football at the AT&T Stadium. In the evening you can spend a few hours strolling San Antonio’s beautiful River walk and don’t miss the chance to try Texas’s world famous Tex Mex cuisine, but remember to order a large drink as it gets really hot!