Due to Texas’s size, hiring a car is the best way to see the state and it means you can have the freedom to visit what you want, when you want.
The city of San Antonio is in southern Texas, just a two hour drive from the coast. The city has heaps of historic architecture on show, which is surrounded by a contemporary social scene. The best place to start when visiting the city is at the viewing platform on the Tower of the Americas. High above the city, it will give you a fantastic overview of the rest of San Antonio.
If you are a keen historian then make San Antonio Missions National Historical Park high up on your priority list. There are four 18th Century missions here which you can visit, surrounded by some great countryside. You can also visit The Alamo whilst in San Antonio. The Alamo was the site of the famous battle between the Texans and the Mexicans in 1836.
Aside from the historical sites in the city there are some beautiful natural spots, including the San Antonio River Walk. The river runs right through the centre of San Antonio and is a great place to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. A short drive north of the city is the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, which is a 400 acre safari park. It makes for a fantastic day trip and if you are an animal lover then be sure not to miss it.
Situated on Texas’s coastline is the historic city of Corpus Christi. The city is a fantastic place for families to visit and it offers a wide range of engaging activities. The beautiful beach is a great place to spend some time relaxing and watching the numerous windsurfers. You can also visit the Texas State Aquarium to see the marine life from the surrounding areas. The aquarium also has a Dolphin Cove, where dolphins live who are not able to return to the wild.
A short drive outside the city is Padre Island National Seashore, which is a beautiful wildlife reserve. The area is dotted with large dunes, long flat beaches and areas where turtles nest. It is a great day out and allows you to experience a quieter area of the coastline.
In the city, be sure to visit the Corpus Christi Cathedral. The religious building is a focal point for the city and the architecture sums up the atmosphere here. It is relaxed and functional but there is something special about it. The interior of the cathedral opens up to a nave, bathed in light which gives the building a friendly, warm atmosphere.
In the far west of the state is the city of El Paso, situated directly on the border with Mexico. The city has huge Spanish influences and the atmosphere also has a Hispanic feel. There are lots of great attractions in the city, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral El Paso and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.
Just outside the city is the Wyler Aerial Tramway, which is a cable car that takes you to the Top of Texas Park. There are spectacular views from the summit and the ride up is an experience in itself. You can also take a short drive to the Franklin Mountains State Park, which has some fantastic hiking routes that are great for a day trip.