Texas is a huge state and has much to offer from beaches, mountains and a beautiful rolling hill country. You can travel all over the state and imagine that you are in a different part of the world each time.
The Hill Country
Start your tour of Texas in the hill country, an area that forms a rough border between the Southeast and the Southwest United States. If possible, visit in the springtime when the wildflowers (many seeded as part of former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson’s Highway Beautification Act of 1965) are in bloom. There are many great places to stay in the hill country. Check out the vacation rentals New Braunfels TX, the wineries of Fredericksburg, and the river activities in Wimberley.
There are 350 miles of coastline in Texas and plenty of tourist destinations and thriving cities along the way. North Padre Island offers miles of beaches just steps away from the bustling city of Corpus Christi. You can have a fun day in the surf and then head to a town with plenty of nightlife. Farther up the coast, is Galveston, a barrier island noted for its shopping district, easy access beaches and The Bryan Museum, home of an excellent collection of items relating to the expansion of Texas and the West. Galveston is the 4th busiest cruise port in the US, which makes it a great place to spend a day or two coming or going from exotic locales.
West Texas is home to the Davis Mountains, an extension of the southern Rocky Mountains. There are numerous excellent day hikes into the Davis Mountains as well as The University of Texas’s McDonald Observatory which offers spectacular star parties far away from the lights of any big city. Stay in Fort Davis and visit the fort or stay in nearby Marfa and perhaps get a glimpse of the elusive and mysterious Marfa lights.
The state of Texas is a great travel destination because of the variety of scenery it offers. Visit again and again and never see the same thing twice.