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Top Cities of Texas You Must Include in Travel Bucket List

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If you are a fan of the most popular American TV show ‘FRIENDS’ then you must have heard of Texas. Are you aware of Dallas Cowboys Football team which made Texas so famous? You have also seen many Livestock shows and Rodeo in videos, Cowboy boots which people fall for in malls all these originated from Texas. Popularly known as the Lone Star State, Texas offers amazing adventure, art, cultural are prominent attractions to its travellers.

Texas will definitely amuse you whether you visit it’s metropolitan centres like Houston and Dallas or popular beach city like Austin or go explore San Antonio which is renowned with for the Alamo and the River Walk, and the nearby Hill Country should also be on travellers itineraries.

Let’s start exploring Texas city by city with their popular attractions so that you just add them from your future travel bucket list.

Dallas – Cosmopolitan Centre of Texas

Dallas being the important business centre in Texas also boasts a rich history culture, tradition, cuisine and has everything from framing to high skylines, fantastic dining options and fun zones and offers you a shopping experience that keeps travellers occupied all day in Dallas. The most notable thing which made Dallas renowned all over the world is Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

Mesmerising View of Dallas Skyline / Image Credit: dmagazine.com

Apart from this, when you will reach Dallas you will new mesmerised by the diversity of architecture and modern artwork as the city holds excellent art museums, a beautiful observation deck, some engaging masterpieces include Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Gothic renaissance Kirby Building.

If left with some time after visiting all these, savour the most popular Chicken-fried steak, Pecan pie and Tex Mex at Dallas.

Prominent Highlights of Dallas: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Reunion Tower (Observation Deck, Highland Park Village, Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park and Wichita Falls.

Austin – Cultural & State Capital of Texas

Austin is the state capital of Texas bordering the Hill Country region popularly known for its vibrant rock music centred around the country. It important cultural centre and home to the University of Texas, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Whatever you looking for in this city may a lively nightlife atmosphere or lavish restaurants or just want to rejuvenate yourself, this incredible city has all for its travellers. The beauty of the Hill Country, Lake Travis and surrounding ambience will thrill you. There’s everything to explore, from enchanting little and world-class wineries to nearby state parks dripping with the beautiful natural landscape where you can also enjoy cycling, swimming and boating.

Majestic View of Lake Travis – Austin / Image Credit: laketravis.com

Austin is known for excellent food also, during your trip don’t forget to relish Franklin BBQ fatty brisket, Tyson’s Tacos, Oak Beer, enjoy a meal at food trucks, Egg-filled Tortillas and don’t miss the tequila cocktail.

Prominent Highlights of Austin: Zilker Botanical Garden Park, Lady Bird Lake, Mount Bonnell, Austin Batty, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum etc.

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Galveston – Home to Beautiful Beaches

At Galveston, blue water laps on the eternal stretch of soft sand that overlooking the ocean and thus attracts millions of people towards it. Though it is well known for beautiful beaches and historic hub in Texas among tourists. Earlier in the 19th century, it was the largest and wealthiest town in Texas. Traveller can witness the glory and ancient aura of that period in the historic monuments and impressive mansions. In the heart of downtown, the Strand district preserves many original facades which now converted into amazing cafes, art galleries and restaurants. Apart from this, you can unwind yourself on the sun-kissed beaches and gleaming islands enjoy bird-watching, fishing, and water sports.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier / Image Credit: traveltexas.com

You can savour delicious seafood, pasta, steaks at Galveston. Fish Tales is a popular destination which offers amazing seafood soups, clam chowder, fish-n-chips, po’boys, crab cake sandwiches, shrimp wraps etc.

Prominent Highlights of Galveston: Stewart Beach, Galveston Island State Park, The Strand Historic District, Renowned Bishop’s Palace, the spectacular Natural Bridge Caverns, the most prominent one along with the Seawall is Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and most iconic sites- Cadillac Ranch is must watch for everyone.

Houston – Known for Charming Museums

It is America 4th largest metropolitan city of Houston is full of world-class dining, music, luxurious hotels, shopping, and vibrant nightlife. It is also known for its outstanding museums and features city greatest is the Museum District many of the best museums of the state can be found within walking distance from here. Within this area many popular museums located which includes the Museum of Natural Sciences, Holocaust Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Children’s Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and most renowned the Menil Collection.

Houston – Museum District / Image Credit: 365thingsinhouston.com

Take a stroll through the historic buildings, spend the day exploring the Museum Area, or head down to Houston Space Centre. Grab a bite at numerous award-winning restaurant. Aside from this if you are an animal lover you can also visit Huston Zoo.

Chicken-fried steak, Viet-Cajun crawfish, Pho, Breakfast tacos, Kolache, Fajitas and Barbecue brisket are some iconic dishes in Houston which you must savour during your trip.

Forth Worth – Completely Seized by Western Vibes

After entering into the city the first thing which you notice here everywhere is the big cowboy hats though it is also known as ‘Cowtown’. The city also offers a well-kept and lively downtown with a variety of shopping opportunities and rich cultural life. Fort Worth is also home to a variety of significant museums in its Cultural District. If are an art freak you can visit the Modern Art Museum, Sid Richardson Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art are the popular one. Visit the Whiskey Distillery Company and taste some Whiskey because finest whiskey in the U.S. is being produced here.

Forth Worth Water Garden / Image Credit: fortworth.com

Tamales, Fried Chicken, Diablo Burger and Brisket are some popular & delicious dishes of Forth Worth.

Prominent Highlights of Forth Worth: Stockyards National Historic District, Billy Bob’s Texas and Championship Rodeo, Fort Worth Water Gardens and Botanic Garden, Sundance Square which is the most popular landmark in Forth Worth and National Cowgirl Museum are worth watching here.

El Paso – Ideal City For Hiking & Climbing Adventure

El Paso is situated at the foothills of the Franklin Mountains at the edge of Mexico thus it is ideal for trying some adrenaline rush adventure activities. This city also is the base of many cultures and historical sites. It is also known as the Sun City of Texas. If you are an adventure enthusiast then attempt hiking and rock climbing at Hueco Tanks State Park. The most spectacular places for every adventurer as well as a normal visitor includes the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park & White Sands National Monument. If you are a newbie couple than you can enjoy at the rooftop pool at lavish hotels with your bae and you can also attend the lively downtown festival organised every year here.

Go for Trekking around Franklin Mountain at El Paso / Image Credit: imgur.com

It is also known as the Mexican food capital of America as Margaritas are officially originated from here. Steak Tacos, Tamales, Gorditas can be enjoyed in El Paso.

Prominent Highlights of El Paso: Apart from National Park, other attractions include Plaza Theatre, Museum of Art, Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and Museum of Archaeology.

Plano – Most Family Friendly City of Texas

Plano in Texas is the happiest city of United States and loved by every travelling visiting here. This city offers many things for kids and family holiday trip. There’s no shortage of nature and recreational activities in Plano, with 84 parks across the area. Although the city is named for its flat plains, nature-lovers in Plano’s parks can enjoy the bike trails. Plano is hosting Annual Balloon Festival from last 35 years and thus is also famous as the Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas.

Plano Texas / Image Credit: narcity.com

There are around 700 restaurants available for residents and visitors, you may find difficulty in choosing a perfect dining option for you.

Where ever you go, savouring Meltdown Margarita, Garlic Knots, Fire Roasted Oysters, Boiled Snow Crab, Chicken Lasagna and Meatball Parmigiana are must.

Prominent Highlights of Plano: Southfork Ranch, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, Cavanaugh Flight Museum are some popular attraction which you can visit during your trip.

This geographically and culturally diverse state of the United States offers some of the best places to visit for nature lovers to like Big Bend National Park, the Rio Grande in West Texas, and Padre Island National Sea Shore.

There are many other cities and popular attractions which you include in your travel bucket list of texas such as San Antonio, Big Bend National Park, USS Lexington at Corpus Christi, etc.

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