The ‘Lone Star State’ has much to offer for visitors, whatever the duration of their stay may be. From diverse landscapes to multicultural influences to spectacularly built museums and galleries, Texas, the second largest state in the US, is a wonderful place to visit for a holiday tour. Here, we outline some of the major attractions you can enjoy on your tour across Texas:
- Space Center, Houston
One of Texas’ main tourist attractions, the Space Center not only houses NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Mission Control but also offers visitors a remarkable insight into the inner mind of the world’s largest space agency, through guided tours, models, as well as some amazing samples of moon rock. So, if you are a science fan or a space junkie, make sure you visit the Space Center during your visit to Texas.
- Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas
Now called the Sixth Floor Museum, this building was previously the Texas School Book Depository, which from the sixth floor President Kennedy was fired at and fatally wounded. The museum is a continuation of the legacy of Kennedy with guided tours detailing the assassination as well as Kennedy’s life and work. Nearby is the J.F. Kennedy monument, a dedication to President Kennedy.
- The Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Highlighting some of the best natural scenery in the US, this park, with its beautiful façade, and stunning landscape with a backdrop of the Guadalupe peak is a wildlife resort, featuring especially golden eagles. It is a popular site for visiting, with hiking and biking trails on the offer for energetic adventurers.
- Texas State Capitol, Austin
Located in the downtown center of Austin, this age-old Capitol Building is one of the most elegant legislatures in the US and a national historic landmark. It now features monuments to the defenders of the Alamo and veterans of the Vietnam War, and visitors are facilitated with guided tours of the Capitol.
- Galleries and Museums
Where else does history find itself meeting with art, but in a museum or a gallery? And Texas has plenty of those to offer. You can take a guided tour of the Dallas Museum of Art, a remarkable monument to artwork from contemporary as well as ancient artists, or you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston for a look at works from famous movements of the past three centuries. While visiting Fort Worth, you can take a detour to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, or visit the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, which is the only place in the West featuring Byzantine Frescoes.
- The Alamo
Located in San Antonio, this small white chapel is the site of a great battle and one of America’s most famous historical sites. The fort gained importance during the war of independence from Mexico, and that battle has since been made immortal through every possible way. Visitors can see the restored mission buildings and gain an insight into the battle through sightseeing artifacts and trinkets.
Texas is a wonderful place to spend your holiday. Resplendent with natural attractions and mighty man-made structures, it’s a place you should definitely visit.