Whether you already live in Texas, or you plan on stopping by for a vacation of a lifetime, there are loads of experiences we think you should add to your bucket list. This is the second largest state in the US and is seriously gigantic, so you need to do a little bit of planning if you want to do everything on this list. Book yourself a place in top-notch hotels, such as Quality Inn & Suites NRG Park, and load up your car with all your travel essentials. You are sure to have a fantastic time whatever you do, but if you are stuck for choice, we think you should stick the following on your bucket list. Enjoy!
Seek out the greatest thrills and spills
Thrill junkies won’t be in short supply of incredible, death-defying things to do in the state. Want some examples? Well, why not tube down one of the many rivers in Texas, including the Guadalupe which is slap bang in the middle of the famous Horseshoe Loop. Experienced cave divers should take a cliff-jump into the bottomless black hole of Jacob’s Well. Mountain bike through ‘the Grand Canyon of Texas,’ Palo Duro Canyon, which is the second largest of its kind in the United States. Then channel your inner Indiana Jones, and discover some of the greatest caves in existence, including the Caverns of Sonora which date back to the Cretaceous-period. Unlike Jones, you may choose to brave the ‘snake pit,’ which is lying within. Don’t worry; it’s perfectly safe!
Eat your way through Texas
There are some fantastic places to eat, and you need to add some of these food choices to your bucket list. Dare yourself to eat the ‘burger from Hell’ at Coyote Bluff Cafe. Vanquish the ‘Texan King,’ 72 ounces of pure Texas beef, at the The Big Texan State Ranch. Slurp on the wood-fire roasted oysters at Gilhooley’s, the ultimate seafood dive bar. Savour deep-fried anything at the Texas State Fair, including, we kid you not, deep-fried beer! Then, for those of you with a sweet tooth, stop off at Buc-ees, the convenience store of the Gods, and stock up on some of the finest candy around, including the incredible cinnamon roll crunch popcorn. They may not be the healthiest foods around, but this is your bucket list, so diet plans be damned!
Live and breath Texas
There are some things Texas is particularly famous for, so you need to add some of the following to your list if you really want to get that Lone Star state of mind. For starters, take a step back in history and remember the Alamo, by visiting the site where the struggle for independence took place. Walk in the boots of a real cowboy and visit one of the many rodeos scattered around Texas, including the Stockyards Championship Rodeo which is held every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. Then, live out one of the greatest tv shows ever made, Friday Night Lights, and go and see the Permian Panthers in Odessa, the inspiration behind the show, and see them play. Heck, you might even want to throw a ball or two around yourself.
Is that enough?
They are just some of the highlights Texas has to offer. There is so much more, so pick up a travel guide, take a look online, and prepare yourself for an incredible adventure in the southern state.
This post was a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I loved the content enough to publish it here, on Wife with Baggage. I hope you are as inspired, intrigued and interested in this content as I am!