15 Amazing Places to Visit in Texas

Texas, the Lone Star State, is the second largest as well as the second most populated state in the US. It also holds some of the most beautiful spots in the world. Beautiful sights, lovely people and amazing cities make this a must visit destination.

Here are the top 15 must-do and must-see activities in the amazing state of Texas.

Hamilton Pools Preserve, Austin, Texas

The lagoon - Hamilton Pool, 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.

Hamilton Pools Preserve, Austin, Texas

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 Oasis on Lake Travis, Austin, Texas

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

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, Hill Country, TX

The Narrows - Blanco, Texas

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.

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

Devils River near Del Rio, Texas

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.

Boquillas Canyon

In Big Bend National Park in Texas, Boquillas Canyon lies just a short drive from the campground at Rio Grande Village.

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

Jacobs Well, Texas! A paradise for divers...


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.

Jump in Jacob's Well - Wimberley, Texas.

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.

Jacob's Well, just outside of Austin. It is one of the longest underwater caves in Texas and an artesian spring.

Today, it's the prime spot for adventurers, thrill seekers and those just looking to escape the heat.

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX. Palo Duro is the second-largest canyon in the United States and is located just south of Amarillo, Texas.

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

Lonesome Highway, Texas

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 in Denton 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.

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: A lush oasis, hidden in 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

Boquillas Canyon Trail Overlooking the Rio Grande and Chisos Mountain Range, Big Bend Texas

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.

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

The Texas Hill Country, Texas

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.

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Anonymous
May 16, 2017 delete

The chapel pictured in this article is not the little chapel in the woods. The chapel pictured is actually in Bella Vista Arkansas. It is called the Cooper Chapel.

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