July 22nd, 2013

Texas Travel! What to Experience?

by Don

Commonly referred to as the Lone Star State, Texas has numerous attraction sites and activities which will make your holiday fun and enjoyable. From the excellent beaches, state parks, archaeological sites, marine life, restaurants and casinos, to shopping malls and forests, Texas will keep you mesmerized by its blend of cultures. Here are some major attractions that will make your travel experience worthwhile:

Gulf Coast

The Texas’ Gulf Coast is perfect for people who want a beach getaway. From the South Padre Island hotels located on the sea side, to the historic Strand District located in Galveston, this coastal region will provide you with numerous outdoor activities, a taste of various cultures and entertainment. You can choose to charter a boat and go for deep sea fishing, or explore the numerous wildlife refuges and nature centers in the area. In addition, if you find yourself in McAllen or Brownsville, just take a trip to the Mexican border; you will find a variety of authentic food and interesting things to buy.

Big Bend National Park

This park is situated in the Chihuahuan Desert on the Mexican Border. It covers more than 800,000 acres of forests, mountains and rivers. When you drive just three hours from the nearest interstate, you will find the park fairly isolated, so you may feel really lonely if you go camping there alone. Take advantage of your visit to the park, and hike the Chisos Mountains. You will be able to see bears, lions, different species of birds, and other wild animals. However, the adventure doesn’t end here; you can also register with the local outfitters for a rafting trip to Rio Grande. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful view of the hot springs next to Rio Grande Village.

The Alamo

This is a great historical site located in San Antonio. It is in this place that the remnants of the Battle of Alamo, which was the most famous battle during the Texas Revolution, are preserved. The magnificent museum is lined with amazing landscape containing past artifacts. The Alamo is among the oldest and most important government buildings of Texas State. The beautiful architectural style of the museum, coupled with the great insight it provides about the history of the state, makes it a darling of many. In fact, it receives over 2.5 million visitors every year; an indication of its popularity.

There are three buildings in the complex: the Shrine, Gift Museum and Long Barrack Museum. You can visit the museum on Mondays through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Other than on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the museum is open throughout the year, displaying various exhibits, photos of legends and significant historical locations in Texas history.

Texas, indeed, has great sites that caters for the needs of every tourist. However, you have to be in the US to experience these amazing places. If you are a non-US resident with no visa, but would love to travel over, there is good news for you. The US Government allows residents of Visa Waiver Countries, to travel when their Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA Visa) application is approved. Take advantage of this opportunity and experience the beauty of the Lone Star State.

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