8 Places You Have To Visit When In Texas

I love living in Texas!!! As the largest state in the continental U.S., Texas offers an extensive list of exciting things to do and fascinating places to see. The Lone Star state plays host to thousands of tourists every month. It’s obvious that Texans love where they live and want to give visitors an awesome impression of their state. With so many tourist friendly attractions to visit, here are just a few you simply can’t miss.

1. San Antonio’s River Walk

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Here’s a great shot of the River Walk.  My youngest son wants to take the night time boat tour through here.

Lit with market lights and adorned with a tropical landscape, the river walk is the crown jewel of San Antonio. Lined with open-air restaurants and cafes as well as quaint shops and historic hotels, it’s a popular romantic spot. The narrow San Antonio River winds along the walkway, and it features nightly river cruises as a fun and entertaining option.

2. The Alamo

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When touring Texas, you simply can’t miss The Alamo. The state’s most dominant historic landmark offers visitors an artifact-filled museum, gorgeous landscape, and of course, the ruin from The Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.

3. Texas Sports Stadiums

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This picture was taken at Reliant Stadium in Houston before a Houston Texan Game on 9/11.

Whatever sport you follow, you have to check out a Texas sporting event. Go to a Dallas Cowboys game and sit in the largest football stadium in the nation. If you’re a baseball fanatic, scoop up some Texas Ranger tickets and head over to Rangers ballpark for a game. In either case, you’ll see that they “do sports big” in the Lone Star state.

4. Reunion Tower

For a stunning view of the Dallas landscape, check out Reunion Tower. Sitting more than 500 feet in the air, a giant sphere houses an excellent restaurant and a peaceful observation deck. Enjoy a lovely dinner as the sphere spins a full 360 degrees. Afterward, go down to the observation deck for a panoramic view of the city.

5. Caverns of Sonora

This is a must for nature lovers. Feast your eyes on one of the most awe-inspiring caves on earth. The caverns of Sonora will dazzle your eyes with its crystal formations and helictites in every direction. Daily tours are available for exploration of this majestic active cave.

6. Austin’s 6th Street

After dining at one of Austin’s many award-winning eateries, head on over to 6th street for hours of late-night fun. The most famous street in Austin is loaded with high-energy bars, music venues, and dance clubs. You’ll be hopping from one lively spot to the next on this crowded street.

7. Pedernales Falls State Park

For a refreshing outdoor getaway, plan a trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. Wade in the picturesque river and swim under the limestone-covered waterfalls. Make a camping trip out of the visit and go horseback riding, river tubing, mountain biking, and more. With such a beautiful landscape, this is a site you won’t want to miss.

8. Southfork Ranch

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 Here I am sitting on the famous Southfork Ranch back porch from the “Dallas” television show.  

A pop culture landmark, Southfork Ranch is one of the most recognized homes in TV history. The mansion is known for its role in the long-time running show, “Dallas.” Just twenty minutes north of downtown Dallas, Southfork offers entertaining tours for folks who want to see how the Ewings lived. The 63,000-square-foot house also features tons of cool memorabilia from the popular show.  Make sure to check out my Southfork Vacation pictures, this tour was really fun.

The great state of Texas provides visitors with endless sites and activities. With truly so many awesome places to visit, this list is only the beginning. What other Texas attractions do you feel should be on this list?