10 Best Places to Visit in Texas

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Palo Duro Canyon

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Palo Duro Canyon is well worth the time you spend there; it is also one of the greatest natural wonders of Texas.

The Santa Fe River has carved a canyon from the New Mexico border to the beautiful city of Amarillo, Texas; some people come for the educational purposes of seeing the canyon from the Santa Fe bridge, others come here for the sheer beauty, but the appeal of Palo Duro Canyon is obvious.

The Santa Fe River has carved a canyon from the New Mexico border to the beautiful city of Amarillo, Texas; some come for the educational purposes of seeing the canyon from the Santa Fe bridge, others come here for the sheer beauty, but the appeal of Palo Duro Canyon is obvious.

This is an extremely diverse canyon; the canyon itself is 250 miles long and 24 miles wide. One-third of the canyon is in New Mexico, two-thirds is in Texas. This canyon contains over 11,000 acres of national forest, which is why it is recognized as a National Civil Conservation Area.

The Santa Fe River makes its way through the entire canyon and forms both sides of the deep canyon. These two valuable natural waters protected the wildlife and provided a nectar source in a desert environment.

El Paso

El Paso is a vibrant city located between Mexico City and Houston.

Big Bend National Park

Dallas

Dallas, TX is the county seat of Dallas County and is situated among a handful of easily-accessible sites. The Sixth Floor Museum, the Dallas County Historical Society Museum, and Dallas City Hall are some of its most visited sites. Other destinations include The Main Street Garden and The Nauck House.

The Main Street Garden is a site that was restored to replicate its appearance during the 1920s, the years that local businessman Carl W. Mauller lived in the house. The collection of the artifacts that correspond to the age of the house have been gathered to build a more realistic picture of what it was like to live in the 1920s.

Visitors can also access the Nauck House to be able to see how the majority of homes were built before the 1900s. One of the best attractions that the Main Street Garden and Nodeck House are home to is the local rose gardens.

The facilities are handicapped accessible and can be used to host events.

Galveston

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Galveston, Texas is best known for it's beach. The white sand beaches, clear blue water and tourist traps is something that is more than enough to attract travelers from all over the world.

Although there is a lot of cooking in Texas, there is even more seafood. Some of the best scenery can be found on the West End of Galveston near Pleasure Pier. This is where a lot of great restaurants thrive.

Visit during low tide and you can even walk on the sand. Enjoy the sun as you walk along the city’s beaches. It's also a great place to see some sea turtles.

Texas Hill Country

The Hill Country State Natural Area is a 642-acre preserve located in Blanco County, Texas, United States.

It was the first property purchased by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1923. The park’s many trails pass through oak-hardwoods, cedar-juniper woodlands, and grassy fields alive with native wildlife.

It is also the location of many hiking trails and waterfalls that are used as a destination for many Boy Scout troops.

The conservation center on the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dedicated in 1994.

Of all of the trails, people are most likely to take the Blanco River Trail, also called the Cliff Trail. This trail follows the river for nearly three miles, providing a scenic view of the landscape and the river.

The nature center often hosts educational programs about the environment. The Astronomical Observation Deck is an out-of-this-world attraction that provides an observation deck where guests can view the night sky.

Visitors to the park have ample opportunity to get up close to nature while enjoying the scenic hill country scenery.

Padre Island National Seashore

The Baths of the Gulf is perhaps the most famous beach in Texas, but it’s certainly not the only one that’s fun to visit. Restaurants, shopping, camping, and great swimming make Padre Island a great place to spend a day or more.

You can enter the park at any of the four entrances. Each entrance offers a different perspective to the shoreline, including Padre Island, Mustang Island, and South Pass.

This is a great place to pick up some souvenirs or just enjoy a seaside picnic. If you’re game for a trip, you can visit the National Park Service’s Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The 721-mile trail takes you to the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding shorelines in your quest to spot all of the various birds that call this area home.

Galveston Island State Park

Located on the southern tip of Galveston Island, Galveston State Park is one of Texas’s oldest parks. Unlike many other parks, however, this one is located on an island, which means that the park is open year-round.

Boating is a popular activity in the Galveston area. The bay offers access to some of the best fishing in Texas, and the incredible views make it a great place to watch the sunset.

Austin

Austin, the capital of Texas, is a green city and features the University of Texas at Austin.

Austin has great places to visit such as the South Congress Avenue and Sixth Street.

South Congress Avenue consists of restaurants, shops, and an entertainment district where you can choose where to go and then travel along Austin’s Riverwalk.

Sixth Street is a pedestrian walkway that you can walk along with some places to see such as Austin’s historic State Capitol building, which has a dome made of limestone.

Houston

San Antonio

To say that San Antonio is a basketball city would be like saying that the Great Wall of China is a brick wall … total exaggeration, but is true nonetheless. Basketball has been played in San Antonio for well over 100 years and has been the life blood of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

In the early 1970’s, a group of local businessmen decided that fans wanted a professional level basketball team. In the span of two months, the San Antonio Spurs were formed and have since been one of the most successful franchises of all time, boasting 20 playoff wins, 12 division championships and a record five NBA Championship titles.

Whether basketball is your passion or you just want to go to a place with a good history, San Antonio offers the best of both worlds.