Howdy, y’all! If you’re wondering about the top things to do in Texas, you’ve come to the right place. The Lone Star State is much more than barbecue and cowboy boots — though we’ve got plenty of those, too.
From the grandeur of the Texas State Capitol Building in Austin to sipping some of the finest wines in Hill Country, there’s a little something for everyone. Chow down on world-class BBQ in Lockhart, or take a scenic stroll along the San Antonio River Walk.
And let’s not forget the historical sites like the Fort Worth Stockyards and the rugged beauty of Big Bend National Park in West Texas.
Based on my first seven years living in the state, we’ll cover all this and more. You’ll soon see why moving companies can barely keep up with the influx of new residents.
When I moved back to the United States in 2016 after nearly ten years of backpacking abroad, I chose Austin as my new home. So, I will start the list in Central Texas, and we’ll work around the state from there.
1. Texas State Capitol Building
The Texas State Capitol Building at 1100 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin is a marvel of 19th-century architecture.
Designed by Elijah E. Myers, the Capitol was completed in 1888, about one mile north of the Colorado River (known today as Lady Bird Lake). E.E. Meyers was also responsible for designing the Michigan and Colorado Capitol Buildings.
Towering at a height of 308 feet, it’s taller than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Crafted from sunset-red Texas granite, the building exudes a distinct, warm glow that seems to capture the spirit of Texas itself.
I’ve walked past the Texas Capitol countless times. From a purely architectural and aesthetic standpoint, it’s beautiful and inspiring. I’ve attended a few rallies on the front steps, as well.
Inside, you’ll find the historic chambers and corridors housing the legislative and executive branches of the Texas government. Access is free to the public throughout the year. However, the state legislature is only in session once every two years.
2. Wine Tasting in Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country is an area west of Austin characterized by rolling hills, limestone karsts, and crystal-clear rivers. Known for its scenic beauty, the region is also a hotspot for wine enthusiasts, boasting some of the state’s finest vineyards and wineries.
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