This huge southern state covers an area larger than the UK, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium combined, so it’s no surprise that there’s an endless list of things to do and see. From major cities to scenic coastlines and enormous mountain ranges, Texas is the perfect destination for urban tourists and nature lovers alike.
These eastern cities are great for history and art enthusiasts. The most popular attraction in Dallas’ Art District is the huge Museum of Art, which houses 24,000 pieces from all over the world. Get a better feel for the city by riding the classic McKinney Avenue Trolley from Uptown to Downtown, or by viewing Dallas from above from the 170-meter-high Reunion Tower.
|The classic McKinney Avenue Trolley runs between Dallas' Uptown to Downtown.
After dark, check out Oak Lawn for great LGBT-friendly clubs or Victory Park for glamorous bars.
Houston’s most famous attraction is the Houston Space Center. Home to Mission Control — from where NASA monitors its space flights — you can view over 400 artifacts, including the world’s largest collection of lunar rocks.
|Learn more about the universe at the Houston Space Center.
While in the city, check out Chinatown for incredible street food from the Hong Kong Food Market, or take a relaxing day trip to the nearby beach town of Galveston.
Located to the southwest of Dallas and Houston, San Antonio and Austin have a great mix of cultural and historic attractions. Don’t miss the San Antonio River Walk to see the city from a different perspective and pass some of its best restaurants.
|Don’t miss the San Antonio River Walk.
Day trips from San Antonio include the historic Alamo fort and the Natural Bridge Caverns, with 10,000 unique stalactite formations and one of the largest bat colonies in the world.
During your stay in Austin, you’ll probably spend most of your time in Downtown. From the Saturday farmer’s market to the mix of cozy bars and cocktail lounges on Rainey Street, there’s something for everyone in this neighborhood.
|Make sure to spend some time in Austin's Downtown.
The most-visited sight, however, is the State Capitol Building. Sat on nearly 90,000 square meters of land, it’s the largest in the US.
Six Flags Over Texas is the state’s largest theme park. From thrilling rollercoasters to live music shows, there’s something for all ages at this attraction. For more excitement, head to one of the state’s many sports stadiums. Try to check out the world-famous Dallas Stars, who play approximately 40 home ice hockey games between October and April.
|The Moody Gardens in Galveston feature three spectacular glass domes.
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, visit the Moody Gardens in Galveston. The three spectacular glass domes (Rainforest, Discovery, and Aquarium) will teach you lessons about plants and animals from all over the world and offer interactive exhibits for kids.
The Big Bend National Park boasts nearly 300 kilometers of challenging hiking trails. Adrenaline junkies can hike to the park’s highest point (2,300m), or kayak, raft, or canoe along the Rio Grande River. Those looking for a more relaxing trip can enjoy fantastic stargazing or try to spot some of the park’s 450 bird species.
|Texas' Big Bend National Park boasts nearly 300 kilometers of challenging hiking trails.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a huge section of desert terrain located about 150 kilometers west of El Paso. The park protects the world’s most extensive Permian fossil reef and mountains which were once underwater.
|The Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located about 150 kilometers west of El Paso.
Adventure-seekers can hike to the 2,667-meter-high Guadalupe Peak or enjoy a casual stroll around the woodlands and past natural hot springs.
With nearly 600 kilometers of coastline, Texas has no shortage of beautiful beaches. Some of the best are located on the state’s islands. Padre Island National Seashore, for example, is a 520-square-kilometer barrier island with gentle waves that are perfect for swimming and saltwater fishing.
|Padre Island National Seashore is perfect for swimming and saltwater fishing.
Alternatively, Mustang Island offers kayaking, swimming, and the opportunity to spot turtles between April and July.
For a livelier atmosphere, check out the kid-friendly Rockport Beach or the bustling Crystal Beach, with tons of beach bars and seafood restaurants that are popular among Spring Breakers.
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This huge southern state covers an area larger than the UK, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium combined, so it’s no surprise that there’s an endless list of things to do and see.