It’s true what they say: everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to travel destinations, you have so much to choose from. East to west, north to south, or deep in the heart of Central Texas, wherever your travels take you, you’re sure to have a blast. We’ve put together a list of the best places to visit in Texas to help you plan your Texas road trip!
The Best Places to Visit in Texas
If nature is what you’re seeking, Texas has it all, from beaches to piney woods to deserts. Visit the Texas Gulf Coast; go to Galveston Island or the South Padre National Seashore. Visit the gorgeous piney woods of East Texas, or the stunning beauty of Big Bend National Park or the Guadalupe Mountains. Hike the 240 miles of trails in Big Bend in southwest Texas in the Rio Grande Valley is a stunning landscape of diverse species of birds and plants. The Guadalupe Canyon near El Paso in West Texas is some of the best desert scenery you’ll see.
Or, perhaps you want to start your trek in the capital city of Austin. Take a visit to the Capitol Building and the Bullock Museum to learn the rich history of the Lone Star State.
If you want to take in the sights of Texas’ big cities, you can visit the Dallas/Fort Worth area. With everything from art museums to professional sports teams like the Rangers and Cowboys, there is something for everyone. In Fort Worth, visit the Stockyards and learn the history of the Chisolm Trail.
If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors, consider a visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. This is a great place for kids, featuring the eight-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure garden that has a cafe along with a play and exploration area. You can also plan ahead and bring your own picnic lunch and settle in one of the many picnic areas.
The kids will also enjoy the Perot Museum of Nature and Science that features many hands-on learning experiences. There are five floors that have 11 permanent exhibit halls. There’s a children’s museum outdoor play space and courtyard with a 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil as well.
If you’re interested in history, you can see the Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository. The museum documents President John F. Kennedy’s assassination as well as his legacy. There is a self-guided audio tour to make the visit even more educational. You are also able to stand at the corner window where the shots were fired from.
For stepping out with your sweetheart, do it Texas style! Check out the Round Up Saloon, which offers line-dancing lessons almost every night of the week. If dancing isn’t your thing, check out The Rustic to kick back and listen to live country music. This place has fire pits in the oak-fringed backyard where you can have a relaxing evening together.
A trip to Houston, otherwise known as Space City, to visit the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is a must. Learn about the home of NASA astronauts and the incredible United States space program. Make a day of it—there’s lots to see. End the day with a Texans or Astros game to complete the fun.
There are many things for the kids to do when you visit Houston, Texas. Check out the Museum of Natural Science, which features an amazing collection of mineral specimens, space station models, skeleton mounts of T-Rex and Quetzalcoatlus as well as a planetarium! The Children’s Museum is also a great choice, which has hands on interactive exhibits about history, culture, science, technology and more.
The Space Center is another place you’re sure to want to visit. It’s a great choice for the entire family that features displays relating to America’s space flight programs. The Downtown Aquarium features 200 species of exotic animals. There are also aquarium rides for the kids and a full-service restaurant for the whole family to enjoy. The Health Museum is another great choice for kids with interactive health and science educational experiences.
Once you’ve soaked up all the science, check over to Fast Track Amusements, which is a family entertainment center. It features games as well as rides. If sports is more your style, catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park. If the kids need to burn off some energy, take them to the Texas Rock Gym. This gym features over 14,000 square feet of climbable surface, 42 top ropes, 5 auto belays and a separate bouldering area. Another great choice is Battlefield Houston, where you and the kids can have a fun day of laser tag. Instead of a vest, players just wear a headband. You can also grab a drink and a snack while you’re there to refuel.
When mom and dad need a treat, check out the Saint Arnold Brewing Company. This is Houston’s oldest craft brewery and is sure to offer up a great time. You can enjoy a tour as well as lunch and sampling of their tastiest beers.
A trip to Texas wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the incredible San Antonio Riverwalk. A long chain of hotels, shops and restaurants stretches for several miles along the river in this beautiful Spanish town that is also home to the NBA basketball Spurs team. While strolling along the river, don’t forget to Remember The Alamo, one of America’s most historic sites. The Spanish mission established in 1718 is famous for its crucial role in the Texan War of Independence.
San Antonio, Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in America. More and more people are flocking to San Antonio every year, and during their visits they discover the wealth of restaurants and cultural experiences that the city has to offer.
San Fernando Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church, is one of the oldest churches in the US and it is the burial site of the heroes of the Alamo. The church’s walls were built in 1750 in the Canary Islands and then moved here. The Cathedral is on the Main Plaza, and is one of San Antonio’s most visual attractions known as, “The Saga” a visual display that takes place every evening and is free to view. The event is a 24-minute video with music and is considered to an amazing display of color and sound.
San Antonio Sea World is both an aquarium and a theme park for visitors to experience a plethora of exciting things to do. Visitors can see penguins, polar bears, and dolphins or even be splashed by a killer whale. If that doesn’t make your heart pound, you can ride on a 50 mile an hour rollercoaster!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a giant’s theme-park divided into seven separate areas for you to enjoy, with tons of rides to choose from and even a water park with slides, rides, and pools.
The park has a wide range of classic rides as well as Ferris wheels, water slides, and bumper cars for everyone to enjoy. If thrill rides aren’t your cup of tea, Fiesta Texas Six Flags also has entertainment shows throughout the day for you to enjoy. Between shows you can go shopping or take in a meal at one of their restaurants.
The San Antonio Zoo is home to over 750 different species of animals from around the world and can prove to be an excellent educational experience for children and adults alike. The zoo sometimes rotates animals that are on display so it’s always best to look online and see what animals are available for viewing.
Texas is a place of diverse landscapes, cities and cultures, so c’mon ya’ll! They’re waiting for your visit! Plan your trip in an RV rented directly from a local owner with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!