From hats to cattle to shiny metal belt buckles, everything is bigger in Texas. The biggest thing of all is the list of reasons you should visit The Lone Star State. Since there’s not enough memory on the entire Internet to post that list, I’ve decided to make a shorter one that will hopefully still convey the enormity of your need to take your next vacation in Texas. Here are four of my favorite cities to visit in Texas, along with the biggest reasons you should visit all of ‘em.
Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and it’s not hard to see why. A multicultural metropolis, Austin attracts an eclectic crowd. We’ve got everything from hippies and hipsters to foodies to filmmakers, including Desperado and Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez, whose production company is headquartered on a prime piece of Austin real estate.
Rodriguez isn’t the only one who gets creative in Austin, though. Not only is the city home to a bustling arts scene—as evidenced by the many colorful murals on the sides of buildings—it’s been named the Live Music Capital of the World, boasting more performance per capita than any city in the nation!
Remember the Alamo! Better yet, see it in person by taking a trip to San Antonio. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy all the city has to offer. However, you’re in for a treat if you are. Thanks to such attractions as Southtown, The Majestic Theatre, and San Antonio Missions Park, which the United Nations declared a World Heritage Site.
By far, the city’s biggest claim to fame is the River Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile cobblestone path following the winding San Antonio River. Lined with quirky shops and chic cafes and numerous hiking, biking, and kayaking, the River Walk is an absolute can’t-miss destination for tourists.
When most people think of Texas, they’re more likely to picture dusty scrublands than tropical beaches. One visit to Corpus Christi ought to change that! Located on the Gulf Coast, the city has miles upon miles of scenic shoreline to spare, making it the perfect getaway spot for anyone looking to do some swimming, get a tan, or enjoy a first-class seafood dinner.
If that’s not enough for you, keep an eye out for the USS Lexington, a World War II-era aircraft carrier with the colorful nickname “The Blue Ghost.” Now permanently docked in Corpus Christi, the ship has been converted into a gigantic museum full of perfectly preserved and restored naval artifacts.
Houston, we have a problem: there are way too many awesome things to see in this city! At Space Center Houston, aspiring astronauts can peruse more than 400 exhibits, including the largest collection of moon rocks anywhere. It’s not “just” a museum either, serving as the official visitors’ center for the Johnson Space Center, where NASA space flight technology is designed and developed.
The only thing more incredible than Houston’s scientific innovations? The food. I can sum up everything you need to know about Houston in three letters: B-B-Q. No one does barbecue better than Texas. Don’t believe me? Ask a Texan. And in all of Texas, no one does barbecue better than Houston.
These are the four best cities to visit in Texas in my estimation. So get the maps out and start your itinerary for the best vacation ever. Or even a great honeymoon destination.