Travel Texas to the Midwest and the Home of the Cowboys

My travel plan to Texas was quite impromptu. I planned a year abroad in the USA and waited for the invitation of my host family. I had dreamed of California, New England, Florida, or the like, as naive as I was. Fate, yet, wanted it different and sent me to Texas first. Texas, nicknamed the Lone Star State, combines modernity and history.

Texas offers the classic Wild West culture and bustling metropolitan cities. It is captivating with cowboy spirits and country sounds. Texas illuminates with vast natural spectacles and culinary delights. Our travel plan was to experience all these features. We cover the typical Texas through magnificent walks, pleasant sightseeing and exciting explorations.

The Texas Cliché: Brown sand, flurrying air, cacti, horses, a lone cowboy


It was not the typical cliché imagination that every one of us has of Texas. It's worth taking up Texas as a top destination worth visiting! Texas offers a great variety of climatic conditions, landscapes, and sights.

In the north of Texas, you can get the biggest snowstorms in winter. The weather remains topical in the south. Even in winter, the weather remains warm.

Houston is big but not great!


Next, to Austin, Houston is the great city in Texas. Yet, I have to say that there are more places worth seeing. Houston has no personality. Many new, modern buildings are there but there is no real city center. There is the Galleria mall. It offers everything your heart desires including a skating rink on the ground floor.

In the east of Texas, there are small towns like San Antonio, Corpus Christi & Brownsville


I find the smaller cities near the east coast of Texas much nicer. There is San Antonio, one of the most European cities in the USA. San Antonio is famous for its fantastic riverwalk in the city center. Here the San Antonio River winds its way through the town for a few kilometers.

There are countless restaurants, shops, and bars along the river. At night, small string lights glow everywhere and create a very romantic atmosphere. Around San Antonio, you can encounter many European sounding street and city names. That is why many emigrants have settled there.

Corpus Christi, the glittering city by the sea


A little further south on the coast lies Corpus Christi. There are beautiful beach sections and fantastic villas facing the sea. Corpus Christi is one of the most beautiful universities in the world that also face the sea.

The famous King Ranch also begins in Corpus Christi. It has existed since the middle of the 19th century. It stretches over 3340 m² to the south of Texas to Brownsville and is one of the largest ranches in the world. I spent a few days in Harlingen near Brownsville.



Brownsville: Where Texas borders on Mexico.


From Brownsville, you are only about 30 minutes from the Mexican border. The Texans have erected a three-meter-high fence over many kilometers of the border. For a day trip to Mexico, this area is a great place to stay. Drive further into Landesinnere, because the crime in the border cities is high.

By far the most beautiful place in Texas is South Padre Island


Padre Island stretches over 210 km from Corpus Christi to Port Isabel to Brownsville. The island consists of sand dunes and has a very wide beach in most parts. South Padre Island is next to Florida's Spring Break location in the US. So there are also many good beach clubs and bars.

Besides a huge water park, there are dolphins, turtles and all kinds of fish. On South Padre Island, you can feel as if you are in the Caribbean islands. You can enjoy the sunset here. The best memories of your holiday are, of course, on Facebook and Instagram with your friends. But in an album, they look much nicer than on the screen.

Futuristic and historic - Dallas downtown


Dallas or Big D, as the locals call their city is a modern city. It has an impressive skyline, great architecture, and versatile cultural life. The roots date back to 1841 when a small trading post was there. Dallas became a city in 1871 and developed fast thanks to the railway to the trading center. With oil discoveries in the 1930s, Dallas became the financial center of the new oil barons of Texas. In 1963, it reached headlines as President John F. Kennedy died here.

The modern center is visible through its modern skyline. The futuristic Reunion Tower is a landmark. This 171 m high tower stands on three pillars and a cylindrical concrete shaft. It ends in a kind of ball or geodesic dome in network structure, which consists of three floors. At night, the ball is lit with LED lights in different colors. After a recent renovation, it offers a perfect overview of the GeO-Deck. There is also fine dining at the revolving restaurant Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck.

At the foot of the tower is the Dallas Trail Drive at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Before that, you should visit the sculpture group Trail Drive in Pioneer Park. This is an impressive, real-looking arrangement. Three cowboys drive 40 survival-sized Longhorns through a creek. It is reminiscent of the ancient times. The work took place between 1992 and 1997 by the Texas sculptor Robert Summers.

Nightlife in the shadow of the skyscrapers - West End Historic District


The West End Historic District in the shadow of the skyscrapers is the cradle of the city. In the area between Lamar and Market Street, shops such as Wild Bill's and restaurants are there. The nightlife is lively in bars and pubs. From the historic West End, a modern pedestrian bridge crosses the Trinity River.

Dallas Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge runs as a pedestrian bridge. It is next to the Continental Avenue Bridge. It ends at Trinity Groves, a hip warehouse where "Luck" or "Souk" offer varied food with a view.

The green lung of Dallas - KlydeWarren Park


The northern part of the inner city belongs to art. There is the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center. But the newest addition is the Klyde Warren Park. The latter is an idyllic green park above a busy freeway, between Arts District and Uptown. This is a green belt in the middle of the city center. It is a stage for concerts, open-air cinema, and other events. There are playgrounds, sports facilities, an outdoor library, benches, promenades, and food trucks.

Dallas' multi-faceted museum landscape


Perot Museum of Nature & Science is at a stone's throw from West End. It is on the north-western downtown edge of Victory Park. A donation from the family of Ross Perot played a major role in the development of the district. He made this multimedia science museum with many Hands-On objects on five floors. The Powerhouse and the surrounding park is worth seeing.

Texas Perot Museum of Natural Science


Also new is the Bush Presidential Library & Museum. It is on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU). There are documents, photos and various relics of the 43rd President George W. Bush. The exhibitions throw a different light on the ex-president. The 9/11 is as interesting as those of origin and family.

We foray through the second-largest state of the USA. We discovered steep gorges, endless plains, deep caves and wild Western scenery. We enjoyed the campfire romance and the scent of freedom. We listen to the live music and savor spicy delights that were quite typical of Texas! All in all, I can only tell you to go for a holiday in Texas and enjoy the special charm of this state!

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