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Welcome to Texas

Be it portion sizes, rugged landscapes, or cowboy hats, everything is bigger in Texas. The state offers an abundance of country culture mixed with modern metropolises, ghost towns, and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower topped with a cowboy hat in Paris, Texas (just outside Dallas). San Antonio's River Walk winds through the city, and Dallas' sprawling skyline is dominated by the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Meanwhile, hip Austin combines award-winning barbecue and a sizzling live music scene; Houston reveals the history of space travel; and Big Bend National Park affords incredible photo opportunities with its striking landscapes.

Top 15 attractions in Texas

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Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

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Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, offers visitors some out-of-this-world experiences. Watch astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, and tour NASA’s control center. Anyone with an interest in aeronautics and space will appreciate Space Center Houston’s interactive exhibits, presentations, and attractions that dive into the past, present, and future of our universe.More
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San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

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The River Walk winds through the heart of downtown San Antonio, past several parks, historic missions, and other major attractions. Lined with shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, this pedestrian- and bike-friendly waterway—home to the largest urban ecosystem restoration in the United States—is popular with tourists and locals alike, and is a must-see for any San Antonio visitor.More
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Congress Avenue Bridge (South Congress Bridge)

Congress Avenue Bridge (South Congress Bridge)

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Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge is home to roughly 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats—the world’s largest urban bat colony. Spectators gather here on summer nights, cameras in hand, to watch these flying mammals emerge from beneath the bridge to hunt in the sky above Lady Bird Lake.More
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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

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Simple but profoundly moving, the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Dallas comprises a granite slab bearing the assassinated president’s name etched in gold. The slab is surrounded by soaring concrete walls that appear to be free-floating, capturing the feeling of loss felt around the world following Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.More
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Texas Capitol

Texas Capitol

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Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Texas Capitol building in Austin follows suit. It’s the largest by square footage of any state capitol, and is 15 feet (4.6 meters) taller than the US Capitol. Its rosy hue, stunning at sunset, comes from the red granite exterior. Texas Hill Country limestone and granite were used in the building’s construction.More
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The Alamo

The Alamo

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The Alamo is one of the most famous sites in United States history, forever linked to the 13-day Battle of the Alamo in 1836, which ended with the deaths of defenders James Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett. Today, the 18th-century Mission San Antonio de Valero complex—now known as the Alamo—welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per year to its chapel, barracks, gardens, and small museum.More
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Dealey Plaza

Dealey Plaza

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Dealey Plaza is a public park in Dallas, Texas, best known as the location where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, fired on by a sniper from the Texas School Book Depository. A museum focusing on Kennedy and the assassination now occupies the former depository, and there are various remembrances around the plaza.More
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Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

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Located in the center of Hemisfair Park, this 750-foot (229-meter) Tower of the Americas offers one of the best aerial views of San Antonio. The Flags Over Texas Observation Deck affords a bird’s-eye view of iconic sites, while the rotating Chart House Restaurant offers upscale dining with panoramic views of the city.More
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Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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John F. Kennedy’s presidency, ending with his assassination in Dallas, profoundly shaped American history. Explore his legacy at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Filled with insightful exhibits that celebrate JFK’s personal and political life, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of this notable American president.More
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Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower

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Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, Reunion Tower has been a city landmark since 1978. Referred to affectionately as “The Ball” by locals, the tower offers sweeping panoramic views from the only indoor/outdoor observation deck in the city, plus high-definition telescopes and cameras, interactive exhibits, and two rotating restaurants.More
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LBJ Presidential Library

LBJ Presidential Library

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The LBJ Presidential Library chronicles the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson from 1963 to 1969. Exhibits include multimedia presentations, photographs, and artifacts from the tumultuous social climate of those years, including the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, and LBJ’s Great Society programs.More
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Driskill Hotel (The Driskill)

Driskill Hotel (The Driskill)

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The oldest operating hotel in Austin, the Driskill has been legendary in Texas since it was built in 1886. Celebrities have visited the historic landmark over the years, including former president Lyndon B. Johnson, who took Lady Bird there on their first date. Today the Driskill Grill and 1886 Cafe & Bakery restaurants are here as well.More
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6th Street

6th Street

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Austin’s 6th Street, sometimes known colloquially as Dirty Sixth, is the epicenter for late nights, free-flowing drinks, and all-around good times in the Live Music Capital of the World. This historical neighborhood is lined with bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops, and car traffic is blocked on weekends so pedestrians can take their party into the street.More
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Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake

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The 416-acre (169-hectare) Lady Bird Lake, at the northeastern end of Zilker Metropolitan Park, anchors a host of outdoor recreational opportunities in downtown Austin. Locals and visitors alike hike, bike, and walk it, as well as birdwatch, canoe, paddleboard, and fish for carp, largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish in and around this man-made reservoir once known as Town Lake.More
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Dallas Arts District

Dallas Arts District

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The Dallas Arts District is a hub for performing arts, museums, and architecture, and at 69 acres and 19 blocks in size, it is one of the largest urban arts districts in the United States. Visitors interested in the arts will want to check out the Winspear Opera House, Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Wyly Theatre, among others.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Texas

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Don’t Mess with TEXAS
Vivian_S, Jul 2022
Austin and Hill Country Sightseeing Tour
It was a great experience learn a lot about Texas especially the capital of Texas, but love to visit some of the places when I have more time to come back and see the places that I saw on the tour; tour guide was very knowledgeable and really enjoyed her experience and sharing the history of Austin Texas.
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Austin City and Hills Tour
Victorian_G, Jun 2022
Austin and Hill Country Sightseeing Tour
Viator makes it easy to see all the sites when on vacation.
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Northwest Ohio meets Texas
Tanya_B, Jun 2022
Texas Hill Country and LBJ Tour From San Antonio
Getting to see the hill country of Texas with it’s beautiful flowers.
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Great bat adventure
Bruce_B, Apr 2022
Congress Avenue Bat Bridge Kayak Tour in Austin
Provided great history of Texas and also places to visit and eat.
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The tour of the century
Nate_D, Apr 2022
Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide
So if you ever want to see Austin in the ever presence of the hospitality and wit of Ike then this is the tour for you.
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Excellent
Ladislav_D, Feb 2022
San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour
To see all historical sites of missions in San Antonio; very educational.
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Kandace is your must guide to Texas BBQ and wine tour!
Anne_O, Jun 2022
From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle
We preferred Duckman over Fallls Creek winery.
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A Wonderful Tour
Janet_T, Jun 2022
Waco Fixer Upper Tour
When others come for a visit and want to visit Waco…I’ll be making another reservation.
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The Fixer Upper Tour July 23, 21
Glenda_F, Jul 2021
Waco Fixer Upper Tour
We got to see many homes that Chip & Joann fixed Up!
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Houston daytime drive
Kaeli_E, May 2021
Private Sightseeing Cart Tour of Houston
A lot of information in a short time, very personable and recommended some grwat things to see and do while we were on our trip to Texas!
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JUST DO IT !!!!
Stephen_C, Oct 2020
Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
There couldn't be a better and more fun way to see and learn about the Capital of Texas.
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Mission Tour Success!
Steve_H, Oct 2020
Small-Group World Heritage San Antonio Missions Guided Tour
We had a very pleasant and educational trip to see the 4 missions south of the Alamo.
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austin highlights
Carmie_B, Mar 2020
Best of Austin Small-Group Driving Tour with Local Guide
He knew his town, loves Texas, and helped us to see why he does..
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We took our two foreign exchange...
Kim H, Jun 2018
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Seeing Austin by bike was such a unique way to see and learn about the city of Austin.
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Best tour in San Antonio, Texas
Myrian_Q, Sep 2021
Taste of Fredericksburg Small-Group Wine Tour from San Antonio
So much to see and do.
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San Antonio 101
Mary_M, Aug 2021
Full-Day Historic City Tour of San Antonio
and wanted to see as much as possible.
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So many things to see, and kid friendly!
Kristy_H, Jun 2021
Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission
There is not enough time in a day to see all of it and truly enjoy it.
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Fantastic tour
Tim_J, May 2021
JFK Assassination and Museum Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
You really need to see all the places for yourself, hear some of the smaller stories from that day and look at the Zapruder film as you see the actual sights and this tour takes on a whole different historical perspective.
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Great tour once we found it!
Gary_A, Apr 2021
San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions
The San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions and Monster Pass Upgrade was a good value and great fun!
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RAINY DAY FUN...a little thunder too!
shelia_s, Apr 2021
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
She contacted me to see if we wanted to reschedule.
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Time Zone
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Country Code
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