Texas is the second-largest state in the U.S., with endless sights to see. From major cities like Dallas, Houston, and Austin, to beaches and national parks, there is something here for everyone. If you are looking for a Texas travel guide, look no further! Here are the top 7 places to visit while visiting Texas.
Space Center Houston
As the home of Johnson Space Center and Mission Control, this is one of the most popular destinations in Texas. While you’re here, you can tour Johnson Space Center, walk inside a replica of America’s first space station (called Skylab), and learn about NASA’s latest projects. You can see this attraction on our self-guided audio tour, which is the perfect way to explore Houston.
San Antonio’s Riverwalk
Also known as Paseo del Rio, the San Antonio Riverwalk includes access to countless restaurants, museums, and attractions, and is located in the heart of the city. This free attraction is the perfect place to grab dinner and then enjoy the reflection of twinkly lights on the river with a beautiful evening walk. You can even take a ride on a riverboat while you’re here.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend is located on the western side of Texas and offers miles of desert, mountains, vistas, and historic sites. While you are here, you can go camping, hiking, biking, or go on a scenic drive. Big Bend also has a Fossil Discovery Exhibit, which is great for history lovers. With so much to do, and over 400,000 visitors per year, this is one of Texas’s most popular destinations.
Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island is home to the world’s most extended undeveloped barrier island. Stretching 70 miles from one end to the other, the island is located south of Corpus Christi. This area includes over 130,000 acres of beaches, dunes, and grasslands, making this a fantastic destination for nature lovers. Before you explore Padre Island, be sure to stop by the Malaquite Visitor Center, where you can find more information on this conservation area.
The Sixth Floor Museum
Located in downtown Dallas, President Kennedy’s fatal shot was fired from the sixth floor of this tall, red-brick building. Today, this museum offers history on Kennedy’s life and assassination, shown through historical artifacts, footage, and photographs.
Located in San Antonio, The Alamo is the site of a former Spanish mission. Originally built in the 18th century, the Spanish used this site for religious missions, attempting to convert Native Americans to Catholicism. Today, this site has been turned into a museum that receives over 4 million visitors per year. Besides the museum, be sure to visit the chapel and the Long Barracks while you’re here.
Houston’s Museum District
Houston’s Museum District has 19 museums to choose from, including the Holocaust Museum, Houston Zoo, The Museum of Fine Arts, and the Czech Center Museum. The most famous museum in Houston is located in this district, The Museum of Natural Science. The museums are all located within four walkable zones, making it easy to explore as many museums as possible.
While you’re in Houston, be sure to use our self-guided driving tour. This low-cost audio guide is a GPS-navigated tour that takes you through Houston’s best sites, including Houston’s Museum District, Historic District, Rice University, MacGregor Park, and of course, the Space Center. The tour offers value, safety, and flexibility, making this the best option for exploring Houston. You can even use it offline, exploring Houston at your own pace during any time of the day!