Posted on 11/03/2021

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13 tourist attractions in Texas that you must not miss when visiting

Texas is the second largest state in the US. It is geographically and culturally diverse, meaning there are countless activities and attractions to do when visiting. From cities to beaches, mountains to deserts, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy in Texas. Here are the top 13 attractions to visit in Texas.

Texas is the second largest state in the US. It is geographically and culturally diverse, meaning there are countless activities and attractions to do when visiting. From cities to beaches, mountains to deserts, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy in Texas. Here are the top 13 attractions to visit in Texas.

San Antonio's River Walk

This River Walk is situated below street level and goes on for miles along the San Antonio River. In the heart of the city, this River Walk is lined with restaurants and bars that have lovely outside patio areas where you can sit and eat and admire the river. The River Walk is popular with tourists and locals alike, whether during the day or at night. Not only can you stroll along the river, you can also go on a leisurely cruise on a river boat. These boat trips run at any time and have a range of offers from standard sightseeing tours to dinner cruises. - Sean Pavone / 123RF

The Alamo

This historical landmark is one of the most important historic sites in the US. It was built by Franciscans in 1744 and by 1836 it had been transformed into a fort. The Alamo was made famous during the Texas Revolution. A small force that included Davie Crockett and James Bowie barricaded themselves in the fort in order to protect themselves from the Mexican army. They were massively outnumbered, some 3,000 Mexicans against 187 Texans. As defeat took place and the defenders were killed, the cry of "Remember the Alamo!" rallied the rest of the state to defeat the Mexican army. The landmark is now open to visitors, where you can see the restored buildings and the cenotaph commemorating the fallen Texans. In the museum, you will find weapons, artifacts related to the events and the history of the mission. - Sean Pavone / 123RF

Space Center Houston

If Texas is known for one thing, it's Space Center Houston. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state. Here you can see and walk through a replica of a space shuttle mounted on a shuttle carrier. It is a great place to learn about space exploration, NASA's projects, upcoming missions, and if you are lucky, you might even get to meet an astronaut. The center is also home to Johnson Space Center and Mission Control, which can be visited on a tour. If you do plan on visiting Space Center Houston, give yourself at least half the day to truly immerse yourself in the experience. You can also walk inside a replica of America's first space station, Skylab. The best art is the fact that you can actually touch rocks that come from the Moon and Mars. The Center is full of exhibits and astronaut artifacts but also educational films and so much more. - FiledIMAGE / 123RF

Big Bend National Park

The river that goes through the park separates Mexico from the US, giving you a unique landscape, with mountains and canyons. There are plenty of things to do in the National park, especially for the adventurers out there, there are plenty of hiking trails to follow as well as gorgeous campgrounds. If you are not up for adventure, many people just enjoy strolling along the road or just sitting down somewhere to enjoy a nice picnic. Water activities are also available and are great for warm days. Finally, the Big Bend National Park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of birds. Even if you're not that into birds, you will automatically notice them as there are so many. - Leong Kok Weng / 123RF

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island is a 70 mile end-to-end island situated just south of Corpus Christi. The island is the world's most underdeveloped barrier island. This place is once again a haven for bird lovers. The island is a popular spot for migratory birds, over 350 different species of birds pass through the island on their migratory journeys. Padre Island is an important conservation area in Texas. The 130,000 acre island is covered in beaches, dunes and grassland habitats. It is also home to rare breeds of sea turtle. If you are visiting the area, the best place to start is at The Malaquite Visitor Center. Here you can find information and assistance for those with mobility issues, such as acquiring a beach wheelchair. - Cheri Alguire / 123RF

The Texas State Capitol in Austin

The Texas State Capitol in Austin is one of the impressive and finer looking State Capitols in the US. The one in Austin was built in 1888 and stands at an impressive 308 feet high. Situated in downtown Austin, it is now considered a historical landmark. You can take guided tours to visit the inside of the Capitol, in the 22 acre park, you will find memorials for the Alamo defenders but also for veterans of the Vietnam War. When dusk begins to fall, head over to the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, where you might be able to see a million Mexican free-tailed bats flying out from under the bridge ready for the evening's hunt. - Sean Pavone / 123RF

The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas

Another historic event happened in Texas, this time it's Dallas. Dallas is where former president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Today, the building where the fatal shot came from, is now a museum. The Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, from the sixth floor was where the shot came from. Now you can visit the sixth floor and find detailed explanations from that day and Kennedy's legacy. You can also find accounts from Kennedy's presidential campaign and from his term as president. When visiting this historical red-brick building, make sure to head downtown to John F. Kennedy Memorial, which was inaugurated in 1970. - Wasin Pummarin / 123RF

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is perfect for adventurers and wildlife lovers. This national park is situated roughly 100 miles east of El Paso. Guadalupe Mountains National Park has the four highest peaks in Texas. You can enjoy the 80 miles worth of hiking trails through woods, canyons and lush springs. For the animal lovers, be on the lookout for Golden Eagles, that are known to be spotted around these areas, but there are plenty of other animals to spot. El Capitan is the highest peak in the park, the view from the top is incredible. Before setting off, check out the Pine Springs, where you can get information about the different hiking trails and bike trails, but also general information about the park. - Grahof / 123RF

The Fort Worth Stockyards

Founded in 1866, The Fort Worth Stockyards is famous for being the area where a particular breed of cattle came from, it was the main point where cattle were shipped out to other parts of the country. This is the last facility of its kind in the US, making it a historic spot. These stockyards have now been turned into a unique attraction, with a wide range of activities, from rodeo to theatrical performances, from concerts to western-themed shopping. You can even watch a cattle drive or saddle up for some horseback riding. Once there, be sure to check out the Stockyards Visitor Center and the Stockyards Museum, they have all the information you need concerning upcoming events and a full history of Fort Worth. - Paul Brady / 123RF

Galveston's Beaches & Strand Historic District

The beaches in Galveston are perfect for families. The shallow and calm water makes it easy to relax and watch the children splash about in the sea. Also you can head over to the Pleasure Pier. However this town has a lot more to offer than just beaches! You can head downtown to the Strand Historic District, you can also explore a National Historic Landmark District, walk through the streets and admire the victorian-style mansions. If you have children, a must is Moody Gardens and Aquarium. This complex is home to glass pyramids, an aquarium, a rainforest and an amusement park. Fun fact, Galveston is only 45 minutes away from Space Center Houston! This makes it easy to plan your day! - Olexie / 123RF

The USS Lexington, Corpus Christi

If you have a taste for history, The USS Lexington will spark your interest. This naval ship is one of the largest surviving vessels that served during World War II. The carrier was launched in 1943. Today it is now a naval museum, it has on display a large collection of vintage aircraft. When on the ship, you can see the bridge and the crew quarters. It is also an interactive museum with games and simulators, there is even a 3D film that will put you in the captain's shoes. You can also take part in the hour-hour Hard Hat tour which will take you deep into the heart of the vessel. - Digidreamgrafix / 123RF

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo is a peculiar attraction, but it is one of West Texas' most iconic monuments. In a straight line, you will find cars, nose first in the sand, standing up right, covered in layers of paint. It is hard to determine the number of layers of spray paint as thousands of people flock to the site to leave their mark (even if it is temporary) on these cars. There is no need to bring a can of spray paint as you can almost always guarantee to find one lying around. Just outside the gates, vendors sell chips of the paint that has come from the cars in jewelry form. - Scott Sanders / 123RF

Houston's Museum District

For more of a tranquil day, head to the heart of Houston where you will find the museum district. Housing 19 different museums, some of them being free. You can visit Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, most of the museums are within walking distance of each other. You can also check out the Holocaust museum, the children's museum and many other small lesser known museums that are still worthy of your time. - Trong Nguyen / 123RF