Whether you’re a new Texas resident or are re-discovering all the Lone Star State has to offer, there are 10 things you must check off on your Texas “bucket list.” The state is 268,820 square miles across – so the time to start exploring is now!
1. Dinosaur Valley State Park – Glen Rose
Dinosaur footprints and dinosaur-themed educational displays aren’t all this state part has to offer. The parks’ expansive beauty allows you to picnic, hike, ride a horse, and fish.
2. The Alamo Mission – San Antonio
“Remember the Alamo” as you visit this historic compound that was the site of the Battle of the Alamo. The building features numerous historical exhibitions and the park welcomes millions of visitors annually.
3. Padre Island National Seashore – Corpus Christi
Texas’ natural beauty (and the beach) are all available at this national preserve located on the northern portion of Padre Island. The park is a popular destination for windsurfing enthusiasts, bird watchers, and more.
4. Space Center Houston – Houston
See where dreams take off to outer space at the Space Center Houston. NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Mission Control is located at the Center. Visitors can also view astronaut and space travel artifacts, dress up like an astronaut, participate in space simulations, and see moon rock samples.
5. San Antonio River Walk – San Antonio
A popular site for festivals and arts and crafts shows, the San Antonio River Walk is a winding spectacular. The River Walk is a long pedestrian walkway that provides access to the city’s best restaurants, shops, and hotels.
6. The Texas State Capitol – Austin
The Texas State Capitol is an impressive piece of architecture with its multiple archways and 308-foot tall dome. Visitors can schedule a tour of the Capitol or simply enjoy the 22-acre state park it rests upon that includes monuments to defenders of the Alamo as well as those who fought in the Vietnam War.
7. Palo Duro Canyon – Palo Duro
Also known as the Grand Canyon of Texas, Palo Duro Canyon is second only to the Grand Canyon itself in size. Hiking trails of all difficulties are available at the Canon, which features famous landmarks such as the Lighthouse Peak.
8. Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo
Perhaps one of the wackier Texas sites to see, Cadillac Ranch isn’t a ranch at all – instead, it’s an art installation of Cadillac cars with their “noses” buried in the ground. Visitors are invited to paint their own graffiti on the automobiles.
9. Nasher Sculpture Center – Dallas
The Dallas Arts District is a sight to see – but the crown jewel of the district is the Nasher Sculpture Center. This ode to modern and contemporary sculpture is one of the largest in the world and was designed by famous architect Renzo Piano.
10. LBJ Ranch – Johnson City, Texas
Texas has been the home state of many presidents – but you can actually tour the home of one of them at the LBJ Ranch. The Ranch was the site of President Johnson’s birth and the homestead is known as the “Texas White House.” Self-guided tours of the property are available as well as scheduled tours of the Texas White House.
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