Anyone who has lived in the Lone Star State knows the feeling of anxiously awaiting fall in Texas. It’s a much-needed reprieve from sweltering summer heat and offers the perfect environment for enjoying some of Texas’s best with both nature excursions and major events. Here are four places for you to rejoice in the arrival of the new season
Sitting on the north bank of the Rio Grande on the southern end of Texas, Laredo usually gets written off as a border town with not a lot happening. Think again. The 2010 census marked Laredo, TX as the tenth-most populous city in Texas with over 236,191 people. In the recent years, Laredo has made significant strides, growing into being a destination for many Texans all over the state. Here’s another 12 hour tour to give you a peek into Laredo’s exciting features.
Many people think Texas could be its own country, but Texas might be its own world. There are monuments in Texas inspired by the famous monuments of other countries. Do you get too homesick to travel outside our great state? Travel around the world and never leave Texas by stopping at these locations!
Creating something that captures the essence of Texas is no small feat. The Academy Award nominated movie Boyhood (2014) was shot over 12 years with the same actors and filmed at various places across the Lone Star state. Native Texan and director Richard Linklater chose the film locations that embodied the state he grew up in. Whether or not you have seen Boyhood, check out these incredible places that capture the spirit of Texas!
Deep in the heart of Texas, in the middle of I-35, lays a quaint little city full of Texas and Baylor Bear spirit. Waco is home to a small stretch of the Brazos River, Lake Waco, HGTV’s Fixer Upper stars Chip and Johanna Gaines, Baylor University, and so much more. There is definitely more than meets the eye in this fun little Texas city so pack your bags and plan a trip to spend 12 hours in Waco.
The City of Houston is filled with different kinds of people and therefore, contains different types of art. However, some Houston art is more offbeat than others. While you are exploring the fourth largest city in America, write these down as must-see places and look forward to seeing unusual art in Houston!
You may be asking yourself why you would ever want (or need) to venture north of I-20 into the Panhandle. There are no beaches, bustling big cities, grand lakes or rivers, or swimming holes. There’s nothing but a colossal expansion of flat land, you may think. But, if you ever decide you are brave enough to explore the semi-developed flatlands of Texas, make sure to check out these attractions. You just might be surprised at how charming Lubbock and the surrounding area can be.
Visiting one of Texas’ many observatories makes it easy to connect with nature. A clear night sky can be your small window to the universe. Look through the eyepiece of a telescope that faces the Moon and imagine a fiery sun reflecting itself onto the lunar surface, giving Earth the coolness of night. Ponder if the transient stars that flicker overhead still exist or if they burned out light years ago. Feel a sense of community, as passionate astronomers share their knowledge on the universe. Step into nature and get a front row seat to the cosmos at these Texas observatories!
When everything is bigger in Texas, statues are no exception. Although they’re located in different parts of Texas, their size and unique subject matter help makeup the independent nature of the Lone Star State. Before you hit the road, add these statues to your itinerary. Don’t forget to bring your camera, so you can take one-of-a-kind pictures with these giant Texas statues!
As it is home to hundreds of thousands of restaurants, Texas is full of diverse, unique, eclectic, strange, and downright crazy eateries. Hundreds of these have been featured on popular TV shows like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Man vs Food, and Unique Eats and showcase the cuisine melting pot that is Texas. Next time you are looking for a challenging meal, an adventurous menu, big time flavor, a Mexican food oasis, or a “damn good” gastropub/icehouse, visit one of these television-worthy restaurants near you.
It’s no secret Texas is full of history. But, these Civil, Mexican-American, and Indian War battle sites may have hosted some of the most historic events in Texas history. Want to stand where some of the most famous generals led armies to victories? Make sure to visit one of these history-laden Texas battlegrounds near you.