Are you ready to roam the Lone Star State? As the nation’s largest contiguous state, Texas is like another country. Many think of arid desert land, but the states lush landscapes are covered with grasslands, prairies, woodlands and coasts. Its home to several major cities and a host of attractions to keep any tourist busy. Next time you visit Texas, stop by these top destinations:
Start your Travels in West Texas
El Paso is the first stop on your West Texas exploration. Hike the trails of the Franklin Mountains State Park or, for some nightlife fun, hit downtown for dancing at Lotus, or a cold brew at Hope and Anchor. Cruise along Scenic Drive, where you can take in mountain and city landscapes. El Paso also touts a vibrant arts and music scene, featuring the El Paso Museum of Art, its own symphony orchestra and quaint venues, like the Lowbrow Palace.
Play and Relax in East Texas
Houston offers more adventure than you can experience in a lifetime. Explore 12 acres of park, grassy knolls and gardens at Discovery Green, or go shopping among 2.4 million square feet of stores at Galleria. Houston is also home to several museums, though it’s most popular is the Menil Collection - a museum dedicated to the art and antiques of oil equipment heiress, Dominique de Menil. Architecture is big in this city, so drive your Houston car rental around and take in the sights.
Keep going southwest and find yourself in relaxing Corpus Christi. Kick back on the beach and soak up the warm Texas sun. Visit Texas State Aquarium in North Beach, then drive over to the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. This city is also home to the Art Museum of South Texas, and the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. Catch dinner at one of the areas many seafood restaurants, then end the night with a drink at Brewster Street Ice House, Lizard Lounge, or any of the array of bars and nightclubs.
Make your Way to the State’s Center
Known to locals as “D town,” Dallas is a center of arts, entertainment and good eats. Tour the 19 blocks of the Dallas Arts District, where you’ll find an array of theaters, music venues, opera houses, and dance halls. Stroll along Katy Trail, which features 3.5 miles of greenway passing by old railroad tracks. For shopping, make your way to the city’s landmark shopping district, Inwood Village.
Head south to San Antonio for its thriving music scene and Tex-Mex cuisine. Get some fresh air and take a walk through Brackenridge Park or River Walk. Soak up some culture at the Witte Museum, the Briscoe Western Art Museum or the, San Antonio Museum of Art. Before you leave, take your San Antonio rental car to Pearl Brewery, where you can enjoy dining and drinks with a San Antonio River view.