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Let's Texas: My Texas Bucket List
Howdy! On my month-long trip through Texas, I not only found out that the real Texans don't say that, but also learned a lot about the second largest state in the United States. I have summarized my travel highlights and tips for Texas in a bucket list for you in this post.
My Texas Bucket List
During my travel preparations, I was always amazed at how diverse and varied the US state is. Cities that never sleep, moon missions, wars of freedom, national parks, wondrous second-hand bookshops, ... Texas is an underrated travel destination. Here are the highlights on my Texas bucket list:
Experience history in Corpus Christi aboard the USS Lexington
I actually spent most of my month-long stay in Texas on the Gulf Coast in a city with a somewhat unusual name: Corpus Christi translates as Corpus Christi and is the eighth largest city in the state.
The aircraft carrier USS Lexington, which was already in service in WWII, should not be missing on my Texas bucket list. The almost 266 meter long ship is now - after 40 years in active service for the US Navy - in the Bay of Corpus Christi. It has been open to visitors since 1992 and gives an interesting insight into the history of the country, as well as the ship.
The aircraft carrier was nicknamed The Blue Ghost and housed 80-100 aircraft on deck. Incidentally, this is so big that you could hold three football or fourteen basketball matches at the same time. Simply amazing! Today you can still see some planes on deck and in the entrance area and learn about their stories. Although most of the planes are mere exhibits, there are selected planes that you can sit in.
Info USS Lexington
Website USS Lexington | Open daily 9 am-5pm all year round with the exception of Christmas and Thanksgiving | Admission US $ 16.95 | Parking lot US $ 4
Further highlights in Corpus Christi
When traveling to Corpus Christi, be sure to stop by the Texas State Aquarium, stroll along the promenade in the harbor, and visit the statue of the Tejano singer Selena, who was very popular in Mexico and the United States.
My advice: Padre Island is at the gates of Corpus Christi and is ideal for a day trip. In the summer months there is the incredible opportunity to watch newly hatched baby turtles on their first trip into the sea. When and where does the park inform on their website or on Facebook.
Hotels in Corpus Christi
We found our hotel just outside of Corpus Christi in the Home2 Suites by Hilton. But of course there are also plenty of hotels that are more central.
Get beamed to the moon in Houston
Can you go to Houston and not visit the Space Center? Did you really go to Houston then?
One thing is certain: The Space Center Houston is a stunner! More than a million visitors marvel at the exhibits of US space history every year.
Make sure you plan a full day for the Space Center and let yourself be carried away to other spheres and galaxies. Even in a full day, you won't be able to reach the full extent of the NASA Johnson Space Center's human spaceflight visitor center. So maybe even plan a whole weekend for it?
The Johnson Space Center is home to Mission Control and trains the astronauts of today and tomorrow - and with a bit of luck you will meet a real space pilot on one of the guided tours through the halls of Building 9.
My advice: Be sure to leave the main building with more than 23,000 m² and on the tram tour the Rocket Park with the Saturn V rockets, the training building with space mockups and the Apollo Mission Control Center, from where the Gemini and Apollo missions of NASA were directed. The first moon landing was also monitored and controlled in the control center. Unbelievable, is not it?
Info Space Center Houston
Space Center website | Opening times 9 am-5pm on weekends until 6pm with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas | Entry $ 29.95 | Parking lot US $ 5
If you plan to spend a lot of time in the Space Center, find a hotel nearby. We recommend the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake for this. You can find many more hotels in Downtown Houston here.
Walk the Riverwalk in San Antonio
San Antonio is probably the city I liked best in Texas. I especially liked the Riverwalk in the city center - a green oasis along the San Antonio River that is freely available to everyone. You can take boat trips, kayak and bike tours along the 24 kilometer long river walk. Stroll along the shady promenade in the center of San Antonios and maybe you're in town for a special event - it never gets boring on the Riverwalk.
Even if you only have a short time, a visit to the riverwalk in the old town is worthwhile. You can start at the Convention Center or near the Alamo, for example.
Info Riverwalk San Antonio
Website Riverwalk San Antonio | Always open | No entry | Map of the riverwalk
More highlights in San Antonio
The past and the present are particularly noticeable in San Antonio in the city center. Historically, San Antonio is one of the most important places in Texas. The former mission The Alamo played a tragic key role in the war of independence against the Mexicans. Today the building is a museum dedicated to the historical preparation of the battle and the freedom that goes with it.
Hotels in San Antonio
During our visit to San Antonio we chose the Best Western Plus Downtown North. To be honest, it's not that special, but it is clean and includes a parking space. On booking.com you can find many more hotels in San Antonio at good prices.
Find something in Austin at the Uncommon Objects antique shop
You can find a treasure trove of truly unusual things in Austin in the one of a kind antique shop Uncommon Objects. Even if you have no intention of buying something, I recommend you visit. Because Uncommon Objects works like a lovingly curated museum that travels through time. Since 1991 the antique shop has been a collective of 24 dealers who, according to their own information transcendental garbage to sell.
Info antique store Uncommon Objects
Website Uncommon Objects | Opening times daily 10: 00-19: 00 | No entry | Free parking spaces available
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