The beaches of Padre Island are beautiful year-round. Photo by Roger Moore

Texas, as the old slogan goes, really is “like a whole other country.” It stretches from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to New Mexico and is a region of ranches, Spanish missions, great cities, pirates, adventurers, revolutionaries, soldiers, cowboys, Native Americans, diverse cultures and much more.

The sheer size of the state is difficult to fathom. Texas is second in size only to Alaska among U.S. states, covering 268,820 square miles of remarkable terrain. The Lone Star State,in fact, is 10% larger than the whole country of Francis and is twice as large as Germany!

The great cities of Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston are the 4th and 5th largest in the country, respectively. San Antonio, famed as the home of the Alamo, is the 7th largest. It is when you get out of the cities and to the countryside and small towns that the magnificence of Texas really strikes you. There is so much to see and do. The people are friendly and hospitable. The diverse cultures are rich and each plays an important role both in the Lone Star Republic of the past and the Texas of today.

Follow the links below to learn more about great Texas places and historic sites. We will be expanding our list this year so be sure to check back often.

Texas 4th of July Fireworks 2018

The Alamo

The Alamo Cenotaph

Albates Flint Quarries National Monument

Amistad National Recreation Area

Big Bend National Park

Big Thicket National Preserve

Chamizal National Memorial

Death of David Crockett

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic TrailB

FortDavis National Historic Site

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Padre Island National Seashore

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River

San Antonio Area Historic Sites

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio River Walk

San Fernando Cathedral

San Jacinto Battlefield

Spanish Governor’s Mansion

Waco Mammoth National Park