5 Summer Road Trips To Take This Summer

Texas is a wonder and glorious state with a rich history and literally hundreds of miles of open road. Our great state is larger than most countries and includes a wide variety of climate zones and environments. 

From coastal beaches to pine forests and mountainous deserts, Texas has it all. What you may not know is how large and diverse our population is here! Take a road trip to any of these destinations and see it for yourself!

El Paso

Situated on the Rio Grande, this city boasts one of the largest Latino populations in Texas. for those looking to experience Mexican and Latin American culture, language and cuisine, this city is the perfect stop. the El Paso Museum of History has numerous exhibits dedicated to the city's history, and how Latin culture has influenced it over the last two hundred years. Did we also mention that El Paso is on a different time zone than the rest of the state? When you cross into these city limits, be sure to set your clocks back an hour to Mountain Time!

Chinatown in Houston

This is not the first Chinatown in Houston, having been reestablished in 1983 as part of a city revitalization effort. Many Asian businesses and families moved to the area giving the district a distinctly East-Asian feel in both the pace and types of businesses. Even the street signs are written in both Vietnamese and English. For those looking to experience many different Asian languages, this is the place to visit. The Houston Vietnam War Memorial also happens to be located in the heart of this sections of Houston.

Fredericksburg Historic District, Gillespie County

Few remember the importance that German immigration played in early Texan history. While the Texan German dialect is all but extinct, the architecture used by these early settlers is still around. This historic district contains many examples of the finest in both Spanish and European construction techniques, making a walk down the street an adventure for those who enjoy architecture.

The Texas Hill Country

While this area is not home to a unique cultural group, it is as diverse as the rest of Texas. It is blessed with something sorely missed in the rest of the state. The area's elevation ranges from 980 ft. to 2,500 ft., thanks to the numerous forested hills dotting the landscape. Thanks to all the tall hills, you and the family can experience sights common in the East and Northwestern parts of the country, but relatively unknown in the rest of Texas. 

The naturally porous limestone rock is homes to numerous underground aquifers, natural springs and clear rivers - some of which have pioneer wagon wheel ruts and dinosaur footprints fossilized in them! Natural Bridge Caverns is a great place to visit, and there are plenty of riverside campgrounds to explore, as well as wineries to tour. 

The Alamo

C'mon now ... you didn't really think we were going to write a list of Texas road trip destinations and not mention the Villa de Bexar Alamo mission in San Antonio, did you? The Alamo may very well be the most famous landmark in the entire state. On the morning of March 6th, 1836, Texas militiamen under the command of Colonel William B. Travis fought to the last man against several thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army under the command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana and were defeated. 

The utter defeat at the Battle of the Alamo became a rallying cry for the Texas Independence movement and the mission still stands to this day. Tours are provided but we Texans ask that you remember the fallen soldiers who died in those very halls by observing the Alamo interior in silence. The exterior of the Alamo is filled with a variety historical reenactors showcasing what life was like in Texas during the 1830's as well as a gift shop.

San Jacinto Monument

The San Jacinto Monument is a grand spectacle, rivaled only by the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., it even has it's own reflecting pool. The monument was built to commemorate the Texan Army's victory over General Santa Ana on April 21, 1836. 

On that day, the Army of Texas commanded by General Sam Houston and U.S. Secretary of War Thomas J. Rusk encircled the Mexican Army and captured Santa Ana, thus winning Texas' Independence and establishing the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation. The Republic of Texas would later be annexed by the U.S., adding over a million square miles of territory to the United States and become the 28th state in the Union.

The Battleship U.S.S. Texas

Just down the street from the San Jacinto Monument is the battleship U.S.S. Texas: one of the oldest battleships in the U.S. Navy's history. Commissioned on 12 March 1914, the Texas fought with distinction during both World War I and WWII. She was sent on numerous sorties in the North Sea fighting in The Great War and during WWII, she was responsible for the shelling of Axis-held beaches in North Africa and the D-Day Normandy Invasion. She was also redeployed in late 1944 to assist in the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. 

This warship is famous, not just because of it's history, but because of all the notable firsts it achieved during wartime. The Texas is the world's only remaining WWI-era dreadnaught battleship. She is also one of only six ships to have served in both world wars, was the first to permanently house a contingent of U.S. Marines, mount anti-aircraft guns, and is the first ship to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers. She was the first battleship to launch an aircraft, receive the CXAM-1 version of production radar systems, and become a permanent museum ship. The U.S.S. Texas is also officially registered as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

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