Texas, that includes superlatives, cowboys, barbecue, Spanish culture, ghost towns, lively cultured metropolises, cultural attractions, ghost towns like Terlingua, parks like Six Flags over Texas and one-off events.
That includes legendary barbecues, great festivals like the unique Charro Days in Brownsville, modernist oases of relaxation like the Forth Worth Water Gardens, modern cities with large shopping centers like Houston and Dallas, and lively places like San Antonio with its picturesque River Walk wonderful to sit in one of the restaurants with outdoor seating and enjoy music, festivals and shows.
And of course NASA’s futuristic Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, where everything revolves around the well-known space program. Not only does the largest collection of lunar rocks await visitors there, but it is also possible to take a look behind the scenes at NASA.
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And if you want, you can take a trip to Louisiana from Texas and try your hand at gambling or go fishing or water sports at Toledo Bend.
Must-see museums and cultural attractions in Texas
There are numerous museums and other cultural attractions in Dallas that are well worth a visit.
Including the following:
- Sixth Floor Museum: Located on Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the Sixth Floor Museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy. It is located at the place where the shooter is said to have fired the fatal shots at the US president in the November 22nd 1963 attack.
- Dallas Museum of Art: With an impressive collection of more than 24,000 works, the Dallas Museum of Art combines innovative programs, lectures and exhibitions with an entertaining excursion past many works of art, decorative objects and design objects.
- Museum of Fine Arts: The largest art museum in the Lone Star State is located in Houston. Around 56,000 exhibits and important exhibitions can be admired there.
- Dr. Pepper Museum: Dr. Pepper is cult and is still often associated with Texas. And that’s no coincidence, after all, it was invented there in the 19th century. At the former bottling place of the cult drink in Waco, there is now a museum for one of the oldest soft drinks in the world with surprising insights.
- Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument: In the north of Texas, in the hills above the Canadian River, there are sites of flint, which was used as early as 11,000 BC by the Indians and their predecessor cultures to make tools and weapons from the material. The National Monument is only accessible on guided tours.
- Texas Surf Museum: Texas is not only the land of the oil barons and cowboys, but also a dream destination for thousands of surfers. The Texas Surf Museum, which opened in Corpus Christi in 2005, tells the story of surfing and where Texas is in that story.
- Kelsey Bass Museum and Event Center: When it comes to history and proud traditions, Rio Grande City has a lot to offer. The Kelsey Bass Museum and Event Center provides an insight into the culture and heritage of Rio Grande City and Starr Counties.
National parks and natural landmarks in Texas
Texas not only has a huge area, but also an impressive landscape that has retained much of its originality. This can be enjoyed particularly well in the national parks and natural monuments of the state.
On the one hand, there is the Big Bend National Park, which is traversed by the Rio Grande River, and which really gives rise to Wild West nostalgia. In addition to the state’s tallest mountain, Guadalupe Mountains National Park in far west Texas has excellent hiking trails. Wild birds are best seen in Texas at the Arsanas National Wildlife Refugee. On the other hand, it gets hot in Franklin Mountain State Park, which includes 96 square kilometers of the Chihuahua Desert.
And for those who would like to combine history and nature, a visit to the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park with four mission stations from the 18th century or the Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, which is known for its vertical canyons and in particular the Mexican bulldog bat provides a home.
Wonderful lake landscapes await visitors in the Amistad National Recreation Area near Del Rio and the Padre Islands National Seashore is home to the most important nesting beach for the Caribbean ridged turtle, one of the world’s most heavily protected turtle species.
If you want to combine hiking in nature and wildlife observation, you should definitely the Texan trails, such as the Heart of Texas Wildlife Trail, Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and Prairies and Pinewoods Trail.
Beaches and swimming in Texas
Everything is great in Texas, at least if you ask the Texans. But what is definitely fantastic is the Texas Riviera, on which 560 kilometers of beautiful beaches and pretty cities like Galveston, Corpus Christi and Beaumont are just waiting to be discovered by visitors to Texas. South Padre Island is particularly popular with kiteboarders, but also for snorkeling, diving, swimming and sailing, while windsurfers tend to cavort in the Bird Island Basin area in Laguna Madre between Corpus Christi and Port Isabel.
Texas – the home of the oil barons
When you think of the Texan economy, the first thing that comes to mind is the oil barons. After all, oil and gas production, oil refining and petrochemicals are inextricably linked to the Lone Star State. Most of the USA’s oil is still produced in Texas and it is still the second most important industrial and commercial state in the USA after California. Other important branches of the economy are agriculture with the cultivation of cotton, wheat, citrus fruits, rice, maize, oats and vegetables and the keeping of cattle and sheep. In addition, the food industry, the aerospace industry, the electronics industry and tourism also play an important part in the US economy. The port of Houston is the second largest seaport in the United States.