Texas, also known as the ‘lone star state’ is seriously underrated. In fact, if you are planning a trip to the US, or are looking for your next cross-country road trip destination, then make sure that Texas is firmly on your bucket list. Texas is a state that truly has it all, stunning landscapes, amazing cuisine, decades worth of history and a vast variety of magical attractions and cities for you to explore while you are down south. So, if you are looking for a state that will ignite your senses and free your mind, then be sure to take a trip to Texas at least once in your lifetime.
Out of this world cuisine
It might not seem like it, but Texas is the ideal state to visit if you are a self-confessed foodie. Texans might have gained independence from Mexico many years ago, but no trip to Texas would be complete without you savoring some Tex-Mex cuisine or even the best Mexican nachos, quesadillas and burritos that you will eat this side of the border. Food-lovers should check out restaurants in Grapevine TX to get their fill of fresh and vibrant Mexican cuisine. Another reason to visit this state is for its vineyards. You might already have heard about Tex Mex and Barbeque cuisine but did you know that Texas is also one of the oldest wine growing states in the US (dating back from 1650). Texas wines are comparable to those from Portugal, and the sunny climate makes it ideal grape growing country. In fact, it is home to around 15 native grape varieties. Head to Fredericksburg if you fancy trying some of these unique wines.
The lone star state is also making something of a name for itself when it comes to coffee too. Houndstooth Coffee and Tweed Coffee in Austin are renowned for their brew methods and locally sourced beans, all of which can be accompanied by a delicious pastry or muffin. While beer lovers should head to Texas Hill Country to try some of the state’s famous craft brews – but make sure that you take a designated driver along with you for the ride!
Music and Space Travel
It might seem like an unusual combination, but Texas is home to both. From Willie Nelson to Janice Joplin, and more recent legends Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Norah Jones, this state has a buzzing music scene. If you make it to Austin in time for the annual Austin City Limits (ACL) or South by Southwest (SXSW) festivals then you can expect your senses to be delighted by a whole variety of movie premieres, audiovisual exhibitions and even performances from a range of musical genres, including country, pop, rock and soul.
Not much further afield in Houston, sits NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) home to the U.S. civilian space program. If you are fascinated by space travel, then make sure to visit the NASA Johnson Space Center, home to NASA International Mission Control and where new astronaut recruits are put through their paces during training.
Historical small towns and cities
If you are not a fan of the hustle and bustle and prefer to explore history and culture during your vacations, or perhaps you are a fan of the great outdoors, then this state also has something for you. Beach lovers can enjoy the waves at South Padre, while the Palo Duro Canyon will amaze nature lovers – this truly is a state that delights and amazes. Texas is also home to 14 national parks and five state forests, ideal if you enjoy hiking or kicking back with nature.
History buffs will be delighted by this state’s varied heritage. Texas is the only state in the U.S. that was once a country. In fact, the lone state was only recognized as a separate nation in 1846! That’s reason enough to celebrate, as Texans still celebrate their Independence every year.
Small town lovers will enjoy exploring the delights of Grapevine, thanks to its food trucks and unique stores. While Jefferson, Fredericksburg and Port Isabel will delight with their museums and ideal photo opportunities.
Texas is also a state with a rich and varied presidential history. The 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was the first from the lone star state, while George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush have also hailed from this part of the US. Their links to Texas have not been forgotten, however, with the LBJ Presidential Library as part of the University of Texas campus in Austin. Further afield, the George Bush Presidential Library can be found in the Texas A&M University campus, and the George W. Bush Library forms part of the Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
So, if you are trying to convince your family or partner to take a trip to Texas, then what more reasons do you need? It truly is a state that will amaze and delight. If you are a Tex Mex fan or lover of exploring new food, then prepare yourself to try some of the most vibrant cuisine, coffee and craft beer that you may experience in the US. Music lovers should make sure that a trip to Austin is on their agenda, especially if they want to experience two of the greatest annual music festivals in the US music calendar. Not to mention space fans will be able to learn all about the history of NASA and space travel. If you long to escape the city, then this is a state that will delight with its 14 national parks and cute small towns, that are ideal if you are planning a trip that will help you to slow down. While history buffs can enjoy visiting the state’s numerous museums and libraries, opened in honor of the various US presidents that have hailed from Texas.
If you plan to take a trip that will help you to create memories that last a lifetime, then consider a trip to Texas.