Traveling in Texas
Of the 50 states I’ve probably visited Texas more times than any other. Because of my job I’ve made countless trips for work staying in both Dallas and Austin for weeks at a time. This allowed me to see those cities while also taking some weekend road trips. I feel like Texas isn’t seen as a travel destination in the United States but it actually has many of the largest cities in the US, hundreds of miles of coastline, and some very interesting history. For starters many people are surprised to know that Texas rebelled against Mexico and became an independent country for 9 years! I’m very happy with my experiences in Texas, but in a state that is bigger than France you can imagine there is so much more. Highest on my list of things to do when I return is visit Texas’s, beaches probably going to either Galveston or Corpus Christi.
The capital of Texas has recently been known to the be the capital of live music because of the live bands and concerts always taking place in the city. Austin is one of those places where everyone seems happy and there are always things to do to stay entertained. One of the most unique attractions in Austin is a visit to the Congress Ave bridge in downtown. Home to over a million bats, they take off everyday at sunset and stream across the sky.
The Rio Grande River that forms the border between America and the US continues for over 1,000 miles as it cuts through valleys and desert between the two nations. The Big Bend National Park covers about a quarter of that area, protecting a small portion of the vast Chihauhuan desert and high altitude mountainous. Because of the different elevations within the park, it is possible to spot bears and mountain lions at higher altitudes and then descend to the desert and come across jack rabbits and reptiles in the same day.
San Antonio is America’s 7th largest city, but more importantly it is Texas’s oldest. San Antonio is visited by over 20 million people a year who come to visit six flags amusement park, Sea World, the first museum of modern art, or to catch a basketball game with one of the NBA’s best teams, the San Antonio Spurs. Other points of interest are the historical Alamo building or taking the River Walk along shops and restaurants underneath the city.
Ranking the 8th most populous city in America, Dallas is another one of Texas’s giants. Dallas itself is famous most famous for the JFK assassination. Those interested in the JFK assassination can visit a conspiracy theory museum to learn more details about the event. For those who love night life, Dallas is packed with an endless amount of restaurants and bars.
A large city next to Dallas, Forth Worth is sometimes considered the cultural capital of the state. Most famous for its stockyards, Fort Worth has lots of preserved stockyards for Texas Long Horn Bulls. The city still runs them every single morning through the city center. You can find 19th style saloons and bars and plenty of Texas BBQ in Fort Worth.
The highest mountain in Texas isn’t well known, but it’s one of the best hikes in the south. Rising nearly 9,000 feet (2,700 meters), this mountain is an excellent challenge that rewards people with some amazing views. Guadaloupe Peak is more than just a hike though, and is home to lots of wildlife ranging from black bears to deer and coyote.
The forth largest city in America, Houston has over two million people and is famous for its strong economy largely based on the discovery of oil. Visitors will find plenty to do in Houston, from the city life to historical places such as the battle of San Jacinto that took place outside of the city limits. The NASA Space Center, theater district, and Texas’s largest mall the Galleria are other places to visit.