Things to do While Vacationing in Texas

If you’re looking for a great vacation destination, there are few better than Texas. With so much to do and see, this is one state that will keep you busy every day of your visit. Here are five things you should try if you find yourself in the Lone Star State:

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is located in the Western section of Texas along the border with Mexico and covers more than 800,000 acres (3,000 km2). It was established as a national park on December 20, 1944 and is the only national park that straddles the international border between the United States and Mexico. The park includes mountains, canyons, rivers and one of the darkest natural night skies in America's national Parks. It has been designated an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association.

The most popular scenic drives are the Window Trail, River Road, Lost Mine Trail, Santa Elena Canyon Road, Geronimo Trail and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Big Bend also contains two campgrounds with potable water year-round at Panther Junction for RV or tent camping and Rio Grande Village for RV or tent camping with electric hookups.

See alligators by boat at Gator Country

If you're looking for an adventure, visit Gator Country in Beaumont, Texas. Here you can see alligators and crocodiles up close. They have a variety of different tours to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your group. You can also rent a boat and explore the waterways on your own.

Gator Country is an alligator and reptile farm in Beaumont, Texas. It features the largest collection of rescued animals in the state of Texas including more than 1,000 alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles. The park also has a reptile breeding facility on-site where visitors can see newborn animals up close. All proceeds from Gator Country benefit the Animal Rescue and Care Fund.

Gator Country was founded by Gary Saurage as a sanctuary for seized or rescued animals including tigers, lions, cougars and bears. Visitors to the park can view the endangered reptiles in large outdoor enclosures and one of them is even free-ranging. Other activities include alligator and crocodile shows, a zip line and boat tours.

Try authentic Tex-Mex cuisine

Tex-Mex cuisine is a style of cooking that combines the cooking styles from Mexico and Texas. Tex-Mex cuisine first originated as a type of cooking developed by Tejanos (Texans of Mexican descent) in the Southern United States. The food was heavily influenced by Mexican cuisine and has its own unique flavors and taste.

In the 1960s, after the Vietnam War, Americans started traveling to Mexico for vacations and brought back home an appreciation for Mexican food. Mexican restaurants began opening in major cities across America and sold tacos, burritos, and nachos filled with ingredients typical of Tex-Mex.

Most people think about typical Tex-Mex dishes like tacos, nachos, and enchiladas when they hear about this food style. Anything that is wrapped in a tortilla can be considered Tex-Mex. The cuisine is typically served with rice, refried beans, and salsa on the side.

Catch a rodeo in Dallas

Dallas, Texas is a popular destination for rodeos and country music concerts. The annual Dallas International Rodeo takes place each September. It's the biggest event of its kind in the world. There are also two major venues in the city that host rodeos - Cowtown Coliseum and Southfork Park.

In addition to cowboys, cowgirls and their horses, you'll see bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding at these events. In February parties gather for the world's largest indoor rodeo event - the Dixie National Rodeo held at AT&T Stadium. The stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys and has a football capacity of over 90,000.

The city that was once called "Cowtown" hosts several other rodeos throughout the year. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo takes place in March while the Cinco de Mayo Rodeo & Festival happens each May at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Attend a Country Music Show in Houston

Houston is a hub for country music. The city is home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world's largest rodeo. The event, which takes place each March, features concerts by some of the biggest names in country music. There are also livestock shows and exhibits, a carnival and a parade.

In addition to the rodeo, there are many bars and dance halls in Houston where you can enjoy country music. Clubs like The Haynes Pub offer live bands several nights a week. For those who prefer to hear songs from the comfort of their car, be sure to visit one of the city's many open-air malls, such as Town & Country. Waylens, RVs and trucks are welcome at the mall with tailgating encouraged.

Houston isn't just about country music, however. During your trip there, be sure to check out the city's vibrant jazz scene as well.

If you're looking for a vacation spot that offers something for everyone, consider visiting Texas. This state's diverse landscape includes the largest rodeo in the world as well as music events of all kinds - from country to jazz! If you are planning on spending time here- make sure to explore Houston and it's lively country music scene or visit Dallas where there is plenty of authentic Tex Mex cuisine waiting just around every corner.

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