“Everything’s Bigger in Texas,” they say, and certain destination spots are a must to catch on your next road trip through Texas. From dance halls to unusual sightings, and small town charm, the sky’s the limit to what you will come across in the great state of Texas. Below are a few hotspots not to miss on a Lone Star State journey.
The River Walk in San Antonio, TX
Remember the scene in Selena where she’s sitting on top of a bridge overlooking a river with her husband Chris holding her, and she’s happy that her dreams have come true? Well, that was the sight of the River Walk in San Antonio, TX. A gem of the town as it winds down its path-lined with shops, restaurants, and even a chance to jump on a boat and take a tour down its banks. “The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is the largest urban ecosystem in the nation,” shares visitsanantonio.com.
If you’re a fan of country music then strap on those boots and head on out to historic Gruene in New Braunfels, to visit Texas’ oldest dance hall. Nestled in this quaint little Hill Country town along the beautiful Guadalupe River. “Featuring live country, Americana & blues musicians nightly.” You’ll catch Honky Tonk at its best with such acts rolling through such as Los Lobos, The Charlie Daniels Band, Flaco Jiminez, George Strait, and many more!
6th Street Austin, TX
You can’t take a Texas road trip and not stop to party down 6th Street in Austin, TX. Lined with bars, pubs, dance clubs, restaurants and more to satisfy any genre of music. This historic entertainment destination is a must on any bucket list when you’re traveling through Texas.
Looking to do a little stargazing in the Hill Country that comes with a flare of the unknown? Then the Marfa lights in West Texas is your destination. A mystery of unexplained, yet intriguing phenomena that have baffled thousands since the 19th Century. “The mystery lights are sometimes red, sometimes blue, sometimes white, and usually appear randomly throughout the night, no matter the season or the weather.” No one really knows their origins, but you have to see the mystery firsthand and decide for yourself if it’s just lights or something mystic.
The Cadillac Ranch is a stunning display of art through an unusual placement of 10 Cadillac’s buried nose down into the ground “supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza.” Located along Route 66 west of Amarillo, Texas, it was created by a group of “art hippies” called The Ant Farm. “Their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh 3. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin.”
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaze in Dallas, TX
Curious to visit the area where John F. Kennedy had his last moments alive before being shot in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald? A visit to The Sixth Floor Museum is not one to miss. Learn about that dreadful day through a museum full of artifacts and history on the events that unfolded. “The museum, located in the former Texas School Book Depository building, chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.” Take a tour through the exhibit that chronicles the life, legacy, and untimely death of our 35th President.
Space Center Houston
A trip to Johnson Space Center is a must when you’re traveling through Houston, TX. A top-rated destination that is home to “the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments.” Go back in time to learn about the various historic space missions including Apollo, and the legendary Astronauts that became a part of space history we will never forget.
Big Bend National Park
Thought only Arizona would be a place to see a wonder such as the Grand Canyon? Well, Texas has its own unique valley of mountains and canyons to take your breath away. Big Bend National Park is located along the southwestern part of Texas along the Rio Grande River and Mexico. “Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, forested mountains, and an ever-changing river. Here you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States,” states its website. Visit ancient archeological sites by horseback or take a trip down the river by boat and be inspired by the massive surrounding beauty of nature and its various species of animals and plants.
The Natural Bridge Caverns
One of the most interesting natural wonders you will ever see. An underground mystery full of massive ancient formations that are centuries old. “Travel through a half-mile of the largest and most spectacular show cavern in Texas.” To the bat cave, literally, as you can also view “the millions of free-tailed bats spiral out of Bracken Cave and take to the skies.”
Located in Galveston, TX lies a gem along the beach waiting to entertain you with their Rainforest Pyramid that showcases exotic plants from various rainforest around the world. Be amazed at the traveling exhibits that come through the Discovery Pyramid. There’s also the Aquarium Pyramid with “more than 10,000 marine animals including penguins, seals, sharks, and seahorses.” All this while enjoying their hotel, spa, golf course, and a beautiful Palm Beach full of white sand.