Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Marfa

Chinati Foundation Museum

As you step inside the historic artillery shed, with its enormous windows, sweeping desert views and sun-dappled aluminum boxes, the Marfa hoopla suddenly makes sense. Artist Donald Judd single-handedly put Marfa on…
Top Choice Observatory in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

McDonald Observatory

Free from the light pollution of big cities, the middle of west Texas has some of the clearest and darkest skies in North America, making it the perfect spot for an observatory. Some of the world's biggest telescope…
Top Choice Museum in El Paso

El Paso Museum of Art

This thoroughly enjoyable museum is in a former Greyhound station. They'd want us to brag about their Italian Madonna and Child (c 1200), but the Southwestern art is terrific, and the engaging modern pieces round ou…
State Park in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Davis Mountains State Park

The majestic sunrises and sunsets at this remote park rival any we've seen – and we've seen plenty. This wonderful place is just a few miles northwest of Fort Davis on Hwy 118, set amid the most extensive mountain r…
Park in West Texas

Big Bend National Park

This national park is almost the size of Rhode Island: when you’re traversing Big Bend’s 1252 sq miles, you come to appreciate what ‘big’ really means. It’s a land of incredible diversity – vast enough to allow a li…
State Park in West Texas

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site

The best art galleries in south central Texas are right here along the Rio Grande, and their works have been on view for at least 4000 years. This state park (9 miles west of Comstock), is famous for Fate Bell Shelt…
Historic Site in Fort Davis & Davis Mountains

Fort Davis National Historic Site

A remarkably well-preserved frontier military post with an impressive backdrop at the foot of Sleeping Lion Mountain, Fort Davis was established in 1854 and abandoned in 1891. More than 20 buildings remain – five of…
Park in West Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

We won’t go so far as to call it Texas’ best-kept secret, but the fact is that a lot of Texans aren’t even aware of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It’s just this side of the Texas–New Mexico state line and a…
Park in El Paso

Franklin Mountains State Park

At over 24,000 acres, this is the largest urban park in the US. It's a quick escape from the city to the home of ringtail cats, coyotes and countless other smaller animals and reptiles. There's excellent mountain bi…
Park in West of Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Ranch State Park

At 433 sq miles, this massive state park is more than 11 times larger than Texas’ next biggest state park (Franklin Mountains in El Paso). Taking up almost all the desert between Lajitas and Presidio, Big Bend Ranch…