One of the first things that first-time visitors to Texas are struck by is its size. And within this vast expanse of land, there are plenty of cultural and geographical sites to enjoy. Your ultimate Texan adventure should include a combination of city-exploring and countryside revelling. So, here is some advice to make your trip to the Lone Star state unforgettable.
See the Space Centre in Houston
Just a short drive away from downtown Houston, the Space Centre is one of the most popular attractions in the entire state. Anyone who has an interest in what is out there beyond our own world should certainly pay a visit. You can even experience a space simulator to get just a small idea what being an astronaut is all about. A good spot to stay to give you easy access to the city is the Best Western Premier Energy Corridor. While you are in the city, the zoo, aquarium and museum of fine arts are all good attractions to visit.
Step Back in Time at the Alamo
There is no doubt that the Alamo is one of the most important historical sites in America. During the Texan War of Independence, it wrote its name into history when a small force of Americans barricaded themselves inside against a much bigger Mexican force. Millions of people come to pay tribute to these fallen heroes every year.
Theorise About the Second Shooter at the Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas
Much more recent than the Alamo, but still a vital chapter of American history took place in Dallas. The sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository is where the fatal shot was fired to take the life of President John F. Kennedy. The museum tells you in great detail about the assassination, and it is packed with historical footage, artifacts, and photos so any would-be detectives can theorise about exactly what happened.
Hike in Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park sits on the southern edge of the state on the border with Mexico. The enormous bend in the Rio Grande is where the park takes its name. Hundreds of species of bird and plant have made their home here. And the best way to take in the landscape is on your own two feet on one of the many hiking trails in the area. You can also experience the park by boat for an entirely different perspective.
Stroll Along the River in San Antonio
A much more sedate walk than Big Bend, the River Walk of San Antonio cuts right through the heart of the city. A popular way of seeing as much as you can is by taking a river cruise upstream and walking back to the start – obviously taking your time to stop at one of the many restaurants or cafes along the way!
It would take weeks to properly explore everything that Texas has to offer, but these five attractions will give you a fantastic overview of the Lone Star State.