Texans have a saying: “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Texas is a giant state—the second largest in the nation in both area and population. And there are a vast number of places to visit if you ever choose Texas as your vacation destination. From the big city metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso, to the broad flatlands of West Texas and the beaches and coastlines of the east, there’s plenty to do and see. Here are seven of the outstanding places to visit in Texas.
- NASA’s Space Center (Houston, TX)
At NASA’s Space Center in Houston, you can see fascinating artifacts including a replica of the Lunar Module, the Mercury 9 capsule flown by Gordon Cooper, the Gemini 5 capsule flown by Cooper and Pete Conrad, the Apollo 17 Command Module, and more. If you have a space nerd in your family, or if you’re just interested in the final frontier, you’re sure to find this Texas treasure and interesting place to see.
- Alamo Mission (San Antonio, TX)
The Alamo Mission is a piece of living history in the heart of downtown San Antonio. One minute, you’re walking amidst modern shops and business establishments, and the next you’ve taken a step back in time. The white stone fortress was the site of the last stand of brave Texans against Mexico.
- Dallas World Aquarium (Dallas, TX)
You can find some of the world’s most beautiful marine life hundreds of miles from the ocean. In the West End historic district of the biggest city in North Texas, get a glimpse of water-dwelling creatures that have been threatened or endangered in their natural habitat. Learn about such fascinating animals as sharks, stingrays, and lionfish. Thinking about visiting the Dallas World Aquarium? The Marriott SpringHill Suites Dallas DFW Airport East is a great place to stay.
- Six Flags Fiesta (San Antonio, TX)
Looking for nothing but fun and games in Texas? Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio is the place to be. This amusement park features the world’s first single rail roller coaster and the brand-new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster. With many choices of rides, food, and attractions, you can spend all day at Six Flags. If you’re visiting in the Fall, don’t forget to check out Fright Fest, the park’s super-scary Halloween attraction.
- Franklin Mountains State Park (El Paso, TX)
In the mood for some hiking, climbing, and camping? The head all the way out to the very edge of East Texas to the Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso. You can visit for a day or stay overnight. The best part is, while you get a hundred percent outdoor experience, the entire park lies completely within city limits. It’s the largest urban park in America and is a great place for scenic driving and picnicking.
- USS Lexington (Corpus Christi, TX)
You can visit the west coast city of Corpus Christi for its bright and beautiful beaches, or you can visit for a first-hand glimpse of World War II history. The USS Lexington is aircraft carrier that operates as a floating museum in Corpus Christi Bay. You can see a WWII-era gun battery, the newly opened catapult, or you can catch a movie on the recently installed IMAX-style MEGA theater. But, this warship isn’t nicknamed “The Blue Ghost” for nothing. It also holds a haunted house for the those who like their historical experiences to be a little scary.
- Big Bend National Park (Southeast Texas)
From the Rio Grande River to the Chisos mountains, to the Chihuahuan Desert, you won’t find an attraction more rugged or more beautiful than Big Bend. Covering more than 800,000 acres, it is home to 1,200 species of plants, over 450 types of birds, 56 types of reptiles, and 75 types of mammals. Take a trip through Big Bend, and you’ll never be bored.
These are just a few of the wonderful places you can visit in Texas. Remember, it’s a big state. No matter where you go, you’re bound to arrive in wonderful and interesting places.