Texas contains plethora of fun and entertainment activities that makes it one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. The second largest state in the US, also known as the 'Lone Star State', contains a wealth of natural and man-made attractions including pine forests, deserts, rivers, large shopping complexes, entertainment areas, eateries, museums and much more. A visit to Texas should certainly be included in the itinerary of every travel enthusiasts.
Tourist Attractions in Texas
Texas is the entertainment nerve center of the US as you will find plenty of fun, exciting, and even adventurous places to visit in Texas. The state is bordered by US states of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas and Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. All of these states are easily accessible from Texas.
The states' south central location provides plethora of scenic natural attractions including cave systems, deserts, canyons, mountains, and the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover, urban cities of the state attract a large number of tourists due to presence of world class entertainment facilities.
Cities of the state are a cultural mosaic as it is one of the most multicultural states in the US. Here you can find people belonging to different races and culture including Caucasians, Latinos, Asians, and African Americans. The state has been under the rule of different nations including Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. This makes for a unique exploration platform for any intrepid and intrigued traveler.
Texans are a wonderful people to meet who are known for their hospitality, generosity, and a distinct southern accent. Here you can experience different cultural experience from feasting on unique dishes to watching cultural events at first hand.
But that's not all. There are plenty of interesting must-see places to explore in Texas. Some interesting places to visit in Texas include El Paso near the border with Mexico, Dallas that is the most popular tourist spot in the state, Houston considered to be the entertainment Mecca in the state, Corpus Christi offering a gateway to Padre Island, and San Antonio that is famous for the 'River Walk' nightlife district as well as Alamo.
Then there is the Fort Davis National Historic site that is situated north of Big Bend National Park. In the vicinity of the fort, you can find Ft. Davis State Park and MacDonald Observatory. While on a drive through the forested area and the desert prairie, you can view amazing scenery and watch local wildlife in their natural habitat including pronghorn, deer, javelinas, roadrunners, and the majestic eagles. Galveston is another famous historic port city that you can visit to catch a glimpse of the past.
Other interesting places that you can visit in Texas include the Fort Worth Stockyards, Lubbock Lake and Landmark State Historical Park where evidence have been found of human inhabitant dating back to thousands of years. Also, worthy of a visit is the Dealey Plaza in Dallas where the infamous assassination of John F. Kennedy took place. Here you can visit the Sixth Floor Museum we well as the Conspiracy Museum where you can learn about some interesting insights about the historical past of the state.
Places to Visit in Texas
You can find plenty of fun tourist attractions in Texas. The entire state is slightly larger than France. Visiting all the attractions on offer in the state is not possible in a day or two. You need to allot at least two to three weeks to fully experience all the wonderful attractions present in the state.
Must visit tourist attractions in Texas include Panhandle Plains that covers that counties of Lubbock, Amarillo, and Abilene, recreational lakes and prairies of Fort Worth, Dallas, island and beaches of port cities, Piney Woods of Tyler and Nacogdoches, and Hill Country areas of Austin New Braunfels, and Fredericksburg.
Tourist highlights in the state of Texas include the amazing River Walk in San Antonio, museums and galleries of Forth Worth and Dallas, Space Center in Houston and the State Capitol in Austin. Everything seems to be bigger in Texas. San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park in Houston contains the world's tallest monumental column that is even bigger than the Washington Monument.
Not to be missed while in Texas are parks such as Big Bend National Parks, Guadalupe Mountains National Park and various others where you can find a rich variety of flora and fauna. Also worthy of a visit is the Palo Duro Canyon that cuts across the High Plains and is the second biggest canyon in the US. Here you can view truly spectacular scenery as well take part in hiking trail that serves as a great adventure on its own.
Rio Grande Valley situated on the Southern East part of Texas is another great tourist attraction especially for bird watchers. The coastal, desert, temperate, and tropical climate of the area converge to attract different species of birds. If you fancy viewing the large array of plants and animals, then you should visit Big Thicket National Preserve located in East Texas. The area is packed with a large variety of plant life that blots out the sun. You can explore the watery bottomland of the area on a canoe that will certainly provide a great vacationing experience.
Apart from the above there are many other scenic and entertainment attractions located in Texas. The original Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Sea World in San Antonio, Wonderland Park in Amarillo, Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, and the King Ranch located along the Gulf Coast.