Must-see attractions in Texas

  • Two observatories at the McDonald Observatory in Ft. Davis, Texas with the summer Milky Way behind them. The Hobby Eberly (spectroscopy) telescope is on the hill in the back.

    McDonald Observatory

    West Texas

    The hottest ticket in West Texas? A reservation for one of the thrice-weekly Star Parties at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis. Located on Mount Locke…

  • UNITED STATES - MARCH 22:  Headquarters building of the Chinati Foundation, or La Fundacion Chinati, a contemporary art museum in Marfa, a surprisingly sophisticated town in the Texas high desert that has cultivated a reputation as a center of the art (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

    Chinati Foundation Museum

    West Texas

    As you step inside the historic artillery shed, with its enormous windows, sweeping desert views and sun-dappled aluminum boxes, the Marfa hoopla suddenly…

  • Enchanted Rock State Park is one of the Dark Sky area in available in USA. It is an amazing feelings to lie down on top of the hill and to watch at billions of stars. In this picture 3 person is enjoying the beauty of the universe while one can see the bright Jupiter in distance.

    Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

    Hill Country

    A pink granite dome rising 425ft above the grasslands north of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock cuts a striking but mild-mannered profile. At first glance,…

  • The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

    The Alamo

    San Antonio

    For proud Texans, the much-fabled Alamo, entered freely off San Antonio’s central plaza, is not so much a tourist attraction as a place of pilgrimage…

  • San Antonio, Texas, USA cityscape at the River Walk.

    River Walk

    San Antonio

    The River Walk is a 15-mile-long glorious network of waterside pathways that’s tucked below street level and lined with bars and restaurants. It's the…

  • Buddy Holly, Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, Lubbock, Texas, view of eastern elevation.  Premier location for musical performances, including symphony orchestra, concerts, bands.  Two auditoriums provide world class acoustics.  Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium seats 2,200, and Crickets  Studio Theater seats 425.  Rave On Restaurant is located in the facility.  Ballet Lubbock Pre-Professional facilities.  Locations for receptions, banquets, lectures, meetings, and rehearsals.

    Buddy Holly Center

    Panhandle Plains

    Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1936, and by the 1950s, he was an instrumental and prominent figure in rock n’ roll. The Buddy Holly Center…

  • Congress Avenue Bridge bats in Austin during sunset.

    Bat Colony Under Congress Avenue Bridge


    Austin is known as the capital of Texas quirk, so it shouldn't be surprising that it's a city tradition to sit on the grassy banks of Lady Bird Lake and…

  • San Antonio, Texas, United States, North America

    McNay Art Museum

    San Antonio

    This Spanish Colonial revival-style mansion, 5 miles north of downtown and originally owned by artist Marion Koogler McNay, is spectacular. McNay's 700…

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    Sixth Floor Museum


    Dallas means many things to many people, but for tourists, the city is still indelibly linked to the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Movies and…

  • Dallas, Texas, USA. Dallas Museum of Art.

    Dallas Museum of Art


    The city's major art museum offers a high-caliber world tour of ancient and contemporary art. Founded in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art is an impressively…

  • Bronze sculptures, Cattle Drive, Pioneer Plaza, Dallas, Texas

    Pioneer Plaza


    For a Texas-sized photo op, or simply a sight of what claims to be the largest bronze monument on earth, head to Pioneer Plaza in the heart of Dallas…

  • DALLAS, March 23, 2017 -- People visit the flower show "Dallas Blooms: Flower Power" at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Dallas, the United States, March 22, 2017. The flower show was held from Feb. 25 to April 9 under the theme "Peace, love and flower power". (Xinhua/Zhang Yongxing via Getty Images)

    Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens


    Spreading northeast of Dallas along the shores of White Rock Lake, this gorgeous 66-acre arboretum is a rainbow-colored wonderland of plants and flowers,…

  • Rothko Chapel


    Commissioned by Dominique and John de Menil (also founders of the Menil Collection) in 1964 to create a nondenominational chapel, American abstract…

  • The Texas State Capitol with flower garden. It was completed in 1888 in Downtown Austin. It contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

    Texas State Capitol


    Completed in 1888 using sunset-red granite, Texas’ state capitol is the largest in the US, backing up the familiar claim that everything’s bigger…

  • Hermann park in Houston.

    Hermann Park


    This 445-acre park is home to playgrounds, a lake with paddleboats, a picturesque Japanese Garden, the Hermann Park Miniature Train and the Houston Zoo…

  • Houston, Texas, United States, North America

    Menil Collection


    The Menil Collection is considered one of the most important privately assembled art collections of the twentieth century and is a Houston highlight…

  • Urban Buffalo Bayou Park offers downtown Houston a green oasis for recreation and beautiful views of the skyline.

    Buffalo Bayou Park


    This sinuous 160-acre city park follows Buffalo Bayou west from downtown, with easy pedestrian access and plentiful parking en route. Sweeping views…

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    Houston Museum of Natural Science


    Don’t even dream you’ll see the whole of this colossal and absolutely stellar museum – the most popular in Texas – in a single visit. The permanent…

  • Apollo Era Mission Control Center, NASA Space Center Houston, Johnson Space Center.

    Space Center Houston

    East Texas

    Dream of landing on the moon? You can’t get closer than the visitor center/museum alongside NASA's Johnson Space Center, where interactive displays…

  • The Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas.

    Mission San José

    San Antonio

    Known in its time as the Queen of the Missions, San José is certainly the largest and arguably the most beautiful of all the sites on the Mission Trail…

  • Whooping crane in flight at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

    Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

    Gulf Coast & South Texas

    For birdwatchers, this 115,000-acre refuge is the premier site on the Texas coast. Although only 15 whooping cranes remained in the wild in 1941, more…

  • A couple having an evening drink in front of San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas USA

    San Fernando Cathedral

    San Antonio

    Founded in 1731, San Antonio’s cathedral ranks as the oldest church in Texas. On the edge of Main Plaza, its prime interest for modern visitors is as a…

  • Rodeo cowboys and a low rider truck on Exchange Street in the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District.  The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


    Fort Worth

    Western-wear stores and knickknack shops, saloons and steakhouses now occupy the Old West–era buildings of the Stockyards. Although it can seem touristy…

  • Sunset over Lighthouse Rock in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

    Palo Duro Canyon State Park

    Palo Duro Canyon

    This multihued canyon was carved by the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, a big name for a little river. Its 26,000 acres attract hikers, horseback…

  • Ruins of Fort McKavett.

    Fort McKavett State Historical Park

    Panhandle Plains

    This remote but remarkably well preserved fort, near the San Saba River 70 miles southeast of San Angelo, was established by the Eighth Infantry in 1852…

  • Dock at Creekfield Lake in Brazos Bend State Park.

    Brazos Bend State Park

    Gulf Coast & South Texas

    Alligators. Alligators everywhere. You'll surely enjoy the diversity of wetland and forest landscapes, bird-watching, maybe even get some use out of the…

  • The Kimbell Art Museum in the cultural quarter of Fort Worth. Designed by architect Louis I. Kahn it was established in 1972.

    Kimbell Art Museum

    Fort Worth

    While the small Kimbell Art Museum holds treasures from Greece, Egypt, China, Japan and the ancient Americas, it’s the astonishing array of big European…

  • Bishop's Palace in Galveston, located in the East End Historic District.

    Bishop's Palace


    This sumptuous Gothic mansion, built in the 1880s for the Gresham family, became home to the Catholic bishop of neighboring Sacred Heart Church in 1923…

  • A black-tailed prairie dog standing near a burrow in Mackenzie Park, Lubbock, Texas.

    Mackenzie Park

    Panhandle Plains

    Located off I-27 at Broadway St and Ave A, 248-acre Mackenzie Park has two dynamite highlights amid what's otherwise a mundane urban park.

  • Displays at Alibates Flint Quarry National Monument.

    Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

    Panhandle Plains

    It's not every day you can pick up a hammer stone used to make tools 10,000 years ago or hold discarded shards of beautifully colored flint left behind by…

  • Water pumping windmill next to a historic house at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas.

    National Ranching Heritage Center

    Panhandle Plains

    A true Lubbock gem, this open-air museum, part of the large, modern Texas Tech museum complex, provides a fascinating snapshot of what life was like on…

  • Parade of cowboys and steer cattle in the Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas - stock photo
Fort Worth, Texas - September 2009: A herd of cattle parading through the Fort Worth Stockyards accompanied by cowboys on horseback

    Fort Worth Herd

    Fort Worth

    Each morning and afternoon, spectators line the street to watch cowboys wearing authentic 19th-century garb drive the 16 longhorn cattle of the Fort Worth…

  • Admin Building Fort Griffin.

    Fort Griffin State Historic Site

    Panhandle Plains

    Some 15 miles north of Albany, the Fort Griffin State Historic Site showcases a handful of somewhat-restored buildings and the ruins of a fort that served…

  • 'Vaquero' sculpture at Museum of Art.

    El Paso Museum of Art

    El Paso

    This thoroughly enjoyable small-scale museum is housed in a former Greyhound station. Its pride and joy is a 13th-century Byzantine Madonna and Child, but…

  • Tyler Municipal Rose Garden in Tyler, Texas.

    Tyler Municipal Rose Garden

    Northeast Texas

    Romantics, be prepared to swoon: home to the country’s biggest domestic supply of roses, Tyler is also home to this 14-acre garden with 38,000 plants in…

  • Cadillac Ranch

    Panhandle Plains

    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…

  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

    Gulf Coast & South Texas

    This 70-sq-mile federal preserve, northwest of Port Isabel, has recorded more bird species sightings (400 and counting) than any other national wildlife…

  • Sea Turtle, Inc

    Gulf Coast & South Texas

    No, you can't handle the sea turtles. But you can see rescued turtles and learn firsthand about the slow regrowth of critically endangered Kemp's ridley…

  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

    Palo Duro Canyon

    A Texas plains must-see, this magnificent museum covers a tremendous amount of ground, both literally in terms of floor space, and thematically, with an…