Planning a summer vacation can be a daunting task, but when you live in a state that has so much to offer, travel plans become a whole lot easier.
From sprawling cities and Hill Country to coastline, canyons and deserts, Texas is filled with magical, marvelous places. Covering more than 268,000 square miles, this second-largest state boasts myriad sites and adventures. So, this summer, hit the road and discover what made Sam Houston proclaim, “Texas is the finest portion of the globe that has ever blessed my vision.”
Big Bend National Park
Located in southwest Texas, Big Bend truly is a sight to behold. The park includes the Chisos mountain range and a large portion of the Chihuahuan Desert. Meander along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, see the Santa Elena Canyon with its limestone cliffs and visit Langford Hot Springs. The park is said to be a geological marvel with its sea fossil, dinosaur bones and volcanic dikes. The diverse landscape includes a wide range of plants, animals and other natural features. Perfect for exploring with the family.
Visit the National Park Service, Big Bend website at nps.gov/bibe.
Port Aransas and Mustang Island
Spanning 18 miles of shoreline, Port Aransas and Mustang Island offer a slow-paced, relaxing getaway. Relax on the sandy beaches or go exploring. Roberts Point Park offers an observation tower overlooking the bay, where visitors often can catch a glimpse of the dolphins. The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center features a boardwalk that crosses alligator-inhabited wetlands, where visitors also can observe native birds. Or take a ferry boat to pristine San José Island.
To plan your trip, visit portaransas.org.
Located in central Texas in the heart of Hill Country, Fredericksburg is known for its German heritage, wineries, museums and shopping. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway, girls’ trip or weekend family adventure. Visit the Pioneer Museum, tour local wineries, take a hike or stargaze at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area … The list of activities goes on and on. Be sure to check out the city’s website for events, as there always is something fun happening in Fredericksburg!
Make plans at visitfredericksburgtx.com.
With its rich history, culture and attractions, San Antonio offers a wealth of experiences to be had. As one of only two Creative Cities of Gastronomy in the United States, San Antonio is the culinary capital of Texas. Be sure to participate in the San Antonio Food Trail featuring tacos, barbecue and margaritas. Take one of many walking tours of the city, including the new History Through Art” tour. And don’t forget the Alamo! Visitors can now visit the Alamo’s new Archaeology and Historical Exhibitions, which offer an in-depth look into the history of how the Long Barrack has been used since 1724.
For more information on all that San Antonio has to offer go to visitsanantonio.com.