Caddo Outback Backwater Tours
Ready for some local history? This 9-mile trail links two mission churches and a presidio chapel, all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Whatever you do, don't call it 'Texas University' – them's fightin' words, usually used derisively by Texas A&M students to take their rivals down a notch. Sorry, A&M, but the main campus of the University of Texas is kind of a big deal.
Every year up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home upon a platform beneath the Congress Ave Bridge. It's become an Austin tradition to sit on the grassy banks and watch as the bats swarm out to feed on the local insect population.
'Fort Sam' – as it's known 'round here – is ready to enlist you for a little military history. Its claims to fame? The Apache Chief Geronimo was held here for 40 days. It was also the site of first military flight in US history in 1910.
Dream of a moon landing? You can hardly get closer than at the official visitor center and theme park–esque museum of the National Air & Space Admistration's (NASA) Johnson Space Center. The 90-minute tram tour of the center itself includes the historic Mission Control (you know, the ‘Houston’ as in the Apollo 13 transmission, ‘Houston, we have a problem.
This is no dusty old historical museum. Big, glitzy and still relatively new, it shows off the Lone Star State's history, all the way from when it used to be part of Mexico up to the present, with high-tech interactive exhibits and fun theatrics.
To millions of people whizzing across the Texas Panhandle each year, the Cadillac Ranch, also known as Amarillo’s ‘Bumper Crop,’ is the ultimate symbol of the US love affair with wheels.
San Antonio's public-transport network, VIA Metropolitan Transit, operates more than 100 regular bus routes, plus four streetcar routes. VIA passes, bus schedules and streetcar route maps are available at VIA's downtown information center Local VIA bus and streetcar fares are $1.20 (15¢ for a transfer), and exact change is required.
Built in 1888 from sunset-red granite, this state capitol is the largest in the US, backing up the ubiquitous claim that everything is bigger in Texas.
Ghost lights, mystery lights…call them what you want, but the Marfa Lights that flicker beneath the Chinati Mountains have captured the imagination of many a traveler over the decades.
Waaaay back in 1881, when the original Buckhorn Saloon opened up, the owner promised patrons a free beer or whiskey shot for every pair of deer antlers they brought.
Spot some of over 300 bird species in this serene 760-acre park, which is headquarters for the World Birding Center. Much of the park surrounds several resacas – water-filled former river channels that support lush foliage. The visitor center has excellent trail guides and many bird books.
Caprock Canyons has a stunning topography and abundant wildlife. Even the casual visitor is likely to see mule deer, roadrunners and aoudad, the North African barbary sheep transplanted to the Panhandle in the 1950s.
Much of the King Ranch is not open to the public. But there are 60,000 head of cattle, 400 horses and dozens of cowboys here – many fifth- and sixth-generation descendants of Mexicans who moved to the ranch in the 1860s On the tour’s 10-mile loop you will see the horse and cattle breeds that made the ranch famous, plus some native wildlife.
Fourteen miles to the west is the LBJ Ranch, now part of the Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park. Stop by the Visitor Center to get your free park permit, a map and a free CD audio tour; admission is only charged if you opt to take the half-hour tour of the Johnson home The park is a beautiful piece of Texas land where LBJ was born, lived and died.