8 Best Places to Visit in Texas During Summer

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Texas is one of the most visit states in US and rightly so. Texas is famous for both its natural beauty as well places of historical importance. Here’s a list of top places to visit in Texas in Summer

Alamo

Alamo

Alamo

Alamo is regarded as one of the most important site of historic importance in America. Alamo is part of a bigger mission which was started way back in the year 1718. It was started by Roman Catholics as a strategy to promote Christianity in the region, but it was later converted in to a strong fort.

Alamo remains one of the most popular site in the state as two and a half million tourists visit Alamo in a year. The centerpiece of the attraction are mission buildings which are very well restored to their earlier glory. As the story goes Alamo is known for Texan War of Independence. At that time, a very small army surrounded the strong Mexican army of more than 3000 troops. 187 people were killed including the famous Davy Crockett.

It now houses a museum, the brick building presents a detailed information on the president’s assassination, a very well preserved legacy of a popular former president. You will see here historic footage, old pictures and personal belongings. While you are there, also pay a visit to the close by John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial. This is big monument dedicated to the famous president which was unveiled in the year 1970.

Houston Space Center

At a distance of only 30 minutes from the center of Houston is the Space Center. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions of Texas. The sprawling campus includes the NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, along with the Mission Control, and the monitoring center which is used for NASA’s manned space flights.

Even if you are not a big space enthusiast you will be amazed by the World’s largest space program. On display are many exhibits including science films, object models, astronaut items. But the highlights of the exhibits are the samples of the moon rock which are on display in the modern Visitor Center. Other fun things to do in the space center is the space simulator and the life size displays of the rockets used in NASA missions.

 

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is popular for its wilderness among the outdoor enthusiasts. Located at an altitude ranging from 1850 ft to 7800 ft. the park is divided in to three zones: The Rio Grande valley, Chihuahua Desert, and Chisos Mountains.

Due to its diversity the Big Bend National park has more than 400 species of birds. The top birds of the park include the golden eagles and roadrunners. There are also more than thousand species of fauna spread across the park.

The park has 240 miles long, winding hiking trails for nature lovers. The best hiking trails in Big Bend National Park include the Lost Mine Trail (5 miles), Window Trail (17 miles). You can also hire guides at the visitor center if you are looking for a much longer hike.

The top attractions of Big Bend National Park include the three canyons – Rio Grande – Mariscal, Boquillas, and Santa Elena Canyons.

The rock faces rise up more than 1600 ft along the meandering river. While the mighty Chisos Mountains stand 7800 ft. tall The gorgeous Emory Peak is not be missed for its deep gorges, and beautiful valleys. You can also enjoy boating in the river, you can book the same at the Panther Junction Park Headquarters. This is a great way to experience the landscape up close.

 

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is your destination for the best desert scenery in America. The park is filled with abundance of wildlife, and many rare species for fauna. Look out for the towering El Capitan, and the Guadalupe Peak, which has the highest height in whole Texas. With its 80 miles of trails, the park is a hiker’s paradise. The majestic woodland canyons and free flowing springs on the way are truly enjoyed on foot.

I will recommend make a stop at the Visitor Center at Pine Springs to get all the information you will need. This is specially important if you are going on hiking or biking.

 

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol which was constructed in the year 1888 and stands tall as an example of one of the finest architectural work in the state. The impressive building is considered a National Historic Landmark. spanning a height of more than 300 feet. The highlights of the Capitol include a sprawling 22 acre park and monuments dedicated to defenders of Alamo. Do take the guided tours which takes you to the different sections of the building.

 

Stockyards National Historic District

Stockyards National Historic District

Stockyards National Historic District

Stockyards National Historic District is one of the top attractions of Fort Worth. The District was founded in the year 1866, the area is called so because of the cattle industry. It was once a facility to sort out cattles and send them to the other places in the state. Now, the facility is completely transformed to cater to the needs of the travelers. The fun things to do include demonstrations from rodeos, and Stockyards Museum.

 

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum Of Art

Dallas Museum Of Art

Texas has numerous art galleries which houses some of best work from European masters as well as contemporary works of American artists. The Dallas Museum of Art was founded in the year 1903. The museum features a collection of more than 24,000 pieces spanning thousand of years from ancient Greece to European art of 19th centuries. The museums is well known for its collection of the artist Jackson Pollock.

 

The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston

Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, United States

Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, United States

The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston houses a big collection of art works from across the world and spanning a long timeline. If you are into arts you will be in treat to see famous works of Italian Renaissance painters and French Impressionists.

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