Here are the top 15 must-do and must-see activities in the amazing state of Texas.
Hamilton Pools Preserve, Austin, Texas
Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. It is located about 30 miles west of Austin, is home to rare bird species and a 50-foot waterfall.
Texas is hot (almost) all year-round, meaning it's easy to crave a cold pool. Grab your towels, a bottle of water, a group of friends and make that drive to Hamilton Pool Preserve. Not only will you enjoy the refreshing dip, but you will also be awed by the beautiful natural scenery this area has to offer.
The Oasis on Lake Travis, Austin
The The Oasis on Lake Travis is a popular restaurant on the western edge of Austin, Texas. The restaurant promotes itself as the "Sunset Capital of Texas" with its terraced views looking west over Lake Travis. The thirty thousand square foot restaurant sits on a bluff 450 feet above the lake and is the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas.
Water Gardens, Fort Worth, Texas
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful and refreshing oasis adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Designed by Phillip Johnson, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year. Visitors can experience a variety of water features as they wander through this relaxing urban park.
The Narrows, Hill Country, TX
The Narrows is an ecologically fragile, beautiful Texas property. Several endangered species make their home in these unique cliffs and the surrounding ranch lands.
San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio River Walk, a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio, Texas.
The San Antonio River Walk is a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city center, providing millions of visitors each year with easy access to the city's cultural hot spots, historic sites and other attractions.
Devils River near Del Rio
Fed by numerous clear springs within the region's karst topography, the Devils River is one of the most ecologically intact rivers in Texas. From the hilltops and water's edge of Devils River State Natural Area, visitors can revel in the sight and sound of the river's waters tumbling over limestone past rugged ridges, canyons and grassy banks, giving life to diverse plants and wildlife.
In Big Bend National Park in Texas, Boquillas Canyon lies just a short drive from the campground at Rio Grande Village. At low water levels, the canyon may be explored on foot but for most of the year, a boat is the only option - the water is deep and fast flowing.
Jacobs Well, Texas
Located about an hour outside of Austin, Texas, in Wimberley, there's a swimming hole called Jacob’s Well, an everlasting spring that feeds Cypress Creek. Every minute, thousands of gallons of water surge to the surface.
This otherworldly chasm is said to have first been discovered in the 1850s, and for generations, it was a gathering place for early settlers and Native American tribes.
Today, it's the prime spot for adventurers, thrill seekers and those just looking to escape the heat.
Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon is the most spectacular and scenic landscape feature in the Panhandle of Texas. The Spanish name Palo Duro means "hardwood" and refers to the hardwood shrubs and trees found in the canyon.
Lonesome Highway, Guadalupe Mountains
The road leading up to the Guadalupe Mountains is known as the "Lonesome Highway," probably because, like on many Texas roads, you won't come across other cars or any signs of civilization too often. To see this hauntingly beautiful scene firsthand, head west on highway 285 until it meets highway 180, which you'll turn left on and continue into the mountains.
The Little Chapel in the Woods - Denton
The Little Chapel in the Woods is a chapel constructed mainly for meditation and prayer. It was built in 1939, on the Denton campus of Texas Womans University, and was dedicated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Inside the chapel, there are many pieces of artwork, as well as stained glass windows.
Gorman Falls, Texas Hill Country
Gorman Falls is truly a gem of the Texas Hill Country. This waterfall is situated in Colorado Bend State Park, one of the most diverse state parks in the area, and is what is considered a "living" waterfall. While most waterfalls will get smaller over time, Gorman Falls gets bigger. This is due to the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the water that runs through the large limestone deposits in the area.
Boquillas Canyon Trail
The Boquillas Canyon trail climbs from the parking to the top of a cliff overlooking the Rio Grande. On this bluff, mortar holes from ancient inhabitants can be seen. Continue down to the river's edge and into the canyon until the canyon walls meet the river. Sandy slopes in the canyon are fun for children.
Big Bend Scenic Loop
This Texas drive is just over 250 miles long and each day you'll feel like your on the backdrop of a classic Western movie.
See the spectacular Marfa Lights by teepee, get lost in the vastness of Big Bend National Park, kayak in the Rio Grande and gently make your way though stroll through it's famous quirky small towns that you'll find no where else.
The Texas Hill Country
Not only is the Hill Country central to Texas and home of our capital, but many consider this the heart and soul of the state. Perhaps only here have such an array of cultural and natural features come together to create such a uniquely charming region. The land’s beautiful rolling hills, sparkling rivers and bold display of bluebonnets every Spring are matched by the independent spirit of the people and a level of cultural diversity Texans pride themselves on.