The state of Texas is loaded with history and interesting landmarks to visit. Some are natural and others manmade homages to important events and politics in the state. There are hundreds of amazing opportunities and this list shows a few of the top options across the state. After covering the big stops, take some time to read about the history of Texas and you will quickly discover many more hidden landmarks and areas of incredible importance.
You simply can’t travel through Texas without placing the Alamo on your list of top stops. The Alamo is a Mission in San Antonio and is famous for the battle that occurred at the site. Texans had pushed Mexican troops out of the territory, but the Mexican army sieged the Alamo, surrounded the Texans who fought until the end. The Alamo is now owned by the state of Texas and is operated as a historical landmark. Show up during visiting hours for a self-guided tour or plan for the hour-long guided tour option to really learn about the history of the mission and the famous battle.
The Texas State Capitol is located in downtown Austin and is a favorite landmark to visit in the city. Tours are available every day of the week although the capital does close on holidays. Tours for large groups are also easily scheduled through the Capitol webpage. Four different tour options are available ranging from a single hour to a full day. The full-day tour includes films, museum visits, lunch and the capitol grounds portion of the tour.
This is another great monument to visit and it operates much like the capitol with scheduled tours. Also located in downtown Texas, the historic mansion has housed current governor’s for more than a century. Tours last for a half hour here.
This site was set up as a strategic location to serve supply lines, transportation of goods, immigrants and mail along the Chihuahua Trail and the San Antonio to El Paso road system. The fort served as an important stopping point for safety and supplies in an area that was still very rugged and wild during settlement and the civil war years. Visitors can tour the grounds and learn about how settlers made their way through this area. Night tours are especially popular and offer a great way to see the fort through the eyes of early visitors and soldiers.
Many Texans say this is where the west began. The stockyards in Fort Worth served as a major marketplace, connecting the western beef markets to the remainder of the country. The historic wooden corrals and brick paths are all preserved and intact here. Walk back in time and experience what this place was like when it was bustling and booming with livestock. The historic district is also busy with events and you might catch a rodeo, current auction or just hit the shops and enjoy the local scene. Bull riding events and cattle drives are not uncommon here so check the local calendar and plan for an action filled trip. The stockyards museum is also a good way to learn more about the history here and the important role the Texas livestock industry played in the settling of the west.
The town of Paris, Texas honored the name by building an iron version of an Eiffel tower. Not only did they build the tower, they capped it off with a big red cowboy hat after a town in Tennessee attempted to build one larger. The tower was aptly named the second biggest Eiffel tower until Las Vegas erected a larger version. The big cowboy hat makes it unique and it’s a great stop for visitors in the area.