Texas, the second-largest state in the United States, is filled with opportunities for fun and adventure. The state, which is geographically and culturally varied, has a plethora of distinct attractions and activities to do. Texas offers a diverse range of holiday options, from cities to coastal beaches, mountains, and deserts.
- San Antonio’s River Walk
The River Walk, which runs for many miles along the San Antonio River in the city’s center, is studded with restaurants and wonderful outdoor patios where you can sit and dine alongside the river. This pedestrian walkway, built below street level, hugs the river as it bends and swirls through the city, and is as popular with locals as it is with tourists, day and night.
- The Alamo
The Alamo is one of America’s most significant historical landmarks. It was built by Franciscans in 1744 as part of a mission station established in 1718, and by 1836, it had been turned into a fort. During the Texas Revolution, it rose to prominence when a small force led by Davie Crockett and James Bowie barricaded themselves in against a 3,000-strong Mexican army. While all 187 defenders were murdered in the fall, the cry of “Remember the Alamo!” united the state to eventually defeat the Mexicans.
- Big Bend National Park
Some of the most dramatic and distinctively gorgeous scenery in the state can be seen in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas, on a massive bend in the Rio Grande River. Mountains, canyons, and the river that runs along the border between the United States and Mexico provide Big Bend National Park visitors with a broad range of recreational and sightseeing options.
- Padre Island National Seashore
The world’s longest unspoiled barrier island, Padre Island is only a short drive south of Corpus Christi and runs 70 miles from end to end. Padre Island, one of Texas’ most important conservation areas, has more than 130,000 acres of beach, dunes, and grassland habitats and is home to rare sea turtles and innumerable migrating birds, making it a birder’s heaven. In fact, 350 distinct species visit this migratory stopover on the Central Flyway.
- The Texas State Capitol in Austin
The Texas State Capitol, completed in 1888, is regarded as one of the finest state legislatures in the United States. It stands 308 feet tall and is located in Austin’s downtown core. It is currently a National Historic Landmark.
Monuments honoring the Alamo’s defenders and Vietnam War heroes are among the highlights of its 22-acre park. There are guided tours of the building’s interior available, which begin at the visitor center with its many exhibitions. At nightfall, walk across the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge to see a million or so Mexican free-tailed bats arriving and going from their perches underneath the bridge.