Discover Texas: The Lone Star State
Howdy fellow travelers!
If you’re anything like me, then you most likely like to seek out a destination that has a nice variety of activities. Whether that may be taking in the latest exhibit at a museum, immersing oneself in a historic site, tucking into a local delicacy, or experiencing the great outdoors, travel has a way of making everyone see the world through a different lens. As your associate for educational student tours, we are right there alongside you every step of the way helping YOU create the most exciting student tour itinerary you can dream of! For that reason, we like to showcase destinations that we believe would make a great student tour, and in today’s post I’d like to tell you why I believe the great state of Texas should be your next choice!
With it being the second largest state in both size and population, Texas is both geographically and culturally diverse. From its Gulf shore beaches and wide open range, to the big city life in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas has something for everyone. The possibilities for a good time and adventure on a Texas educational student tour are endless, just like the Texas sky. Why not get a sampling of what this great state has to offer by joining one of our Texas student tours? To kick things off, we’re headed to San Antonio!
Home to the Alamo Mission, more commonly referred to as the Alamo, this is a place where students and their teachers can stand and admire a true historic Spanish mission and compound. A must on any Texas student tour, the Alamo breathes history as it was the site of the historic 1836 Battle of the Alamo where the famous cry “Remember the Alamo” was uttered. Today, visitors can view the restored buildings and cenotaph that serves as a reminder and memorial for the fallen Texans. When night falls, a visit to the San Antonio River Walk will provide a nice evening. Here, stretching for several miles and right through the heart of the city, you can dine in restaurants serving the best Mexican food or pop in and out of the shops. You can even enjoy the ambience of this popular area from a river cruise as it weaves around the bend of the river. A highlight for sure! Continuing onto Houston, there’s even more exciting activities awaiting your arrival.
Did you know that Houston is home to a space center? One of the state’s most popular attractions, Space Center Houston guides visitors through the exploration of the outer world through various NASA programs and missions. Maybe you’d like to hear about upcoming missions, meet an astronaut, walk inside a replica space shuttle, view the rockets on display, or even touch a rock from the moon. Whatever you choose, this place is perfect for educators so be sure to plan at least a half day as there’s so much to see and do! The Space Center is also home to the Johnson Space Center and Mission Control. Let’s just hope you don’t hear “Houston, we have a problem!” Houston is also home to an amazing array of museums. The Museum District houses 19 museums, many of which are within walking distance of each other. Perfect for student tours! The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are perhaps the most visited, but they are all worth your time. Choose one that fits your Texas student tour group the best and you can’t lose. Lastly, no educational tour to Texas is complete without a visit to its capital city.
Well known for its slogan of “Keep Austin Weird,” the capital of Texas sure does know how to make a mark. One can’t miss a visit to the stunning Texas State Capitol. Built in 1888, it is one of the country’s finest state legislatures and has earned the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark. Standing proud, the Texas State Capital is home to a gorgeous park where one can find memorials to the defenders of the Alamo and veterans of the Vietnam War. When dusk falls, you don’t want to miss heading to the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Here you’ll have a chance to witness a truly spectacular occurrence. Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats leave their home under the bridge to begin their nightly search of food. Definitely one for the bucket list if you ask me. There’s nothing quite like it!
It’s true when people say “Everything is bigger in Texas!” From the portion sizes to cowboy hats to the attractions that call it home; each are as big and varied as the state itself. With a land so culturally rich and a diverse history to go along with it, the state of Texas will always be an inviting place for student tours. So why not grab a pair of cowboy boots and get ready for some of the best BBQ, because the Lone Star State is ready to show its gems!