Planning a vacation can be fun—indeed, the anticipation experienced during the planning stage is one of the most rewarding aspects of travel—but sometimes it gets difficult to decide where to go. Good news: you don’t have to choose just one destination. Next time you take a holiday, don’t confine your travel to one place—put together a route that includes several locations. Sprawling Texas can satisfy the whole group, no matter what the ages and fields of interest. From shopping, history, art, nature and recreation, the Lone Star State has it all.
It doesn’t get more picturesque than San Antonio’s River Walk, located in the heart of the historic town. Before you put down the camera head to the Natural Bridge Wildlife park, home to more than 50 species including giraffes and zebras.
Ride a bus or train about 200 miles east and arrive in one of the country’s most prolific sports cities. In addition to professional sports, Houston is home to the world-famous Space Center and numerous other fascinating museums and family-friendly water parks.
When you have had enough of bustling city life, take the shuttle bus from houston to galveston. In the waterfront city of Galveston you can immerse yourself in outdoor activities on sea and on land. Go fishing, bird watching, hiking, mountain bike riding, swimming or many other recreational pursuits. Boutique shopping and top-rated restaurants are popular all year long and depending on when you visit there may be a concert or festival you won’t want to miss.
One more beach stop should round out the trip perfectly. Take an overnight bus or rent a car so you can savor the coastal scenery south to Corpus Christi. Wonder at the fascinating sea life in the Texas State Aquarium or wander some of the 70 miles of sand dunes and warm Gulf water at Padre Island National Seashore.