Texas Travel Guide

The waves along this stretch of beach are consistent, thanks to deep, long jetties, making it ideal for surfers. If you don’t have your own board, rent one from Beachfront RV Rentals; the outfitter also has body boards, bikes, and kayaks. (Surfboard rentals, $30/2 hours)

Over a million visitors have stopped in to visit exhibits on George Bush Senior’s life in and out of the White House. Among the permanent displays, don’t miss the World War II Avenger Torpedo Bomber, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and the replica of the Oval Office.

Head to this 1,700-acre park for hikes and horseback rides along trails flanked by native Texas plants.

The cornerstone of this Texas history museum is a series of eight cannons that were brought over the Atlantic by French explorer La Salle.

There are 27 holes at this Guadalupe River-front campus, so you can golf enthusiasts have three 18-hole combos to choose from. Beginners should opt for the Blue Course—considered the easiest—though you can afford to challenge yourself when green fees start at $25.

Top off your Texas uniform with a cowboy hat from Catalena, which has been hand making felt hats in custom versions—Cattleman, Canadian, Ranger and Old West, among others—for over 30 years. If you’re keeping tabs on your wallet, opt for a less expensive straw version.

Of the area’s 32 miles of beach, this is one of the best for families thanks to picnic tables, lifeguards, public restrooms, volleyball tournaments, and sandcastle building competitions.

Victoria is full of historic homes and buildings that have been lauded with historic markers.

Stop by this historic theater (it originally opened in 1910) with exposed brick interiors to see bands ranging from up-and-coming indie groups to country music favorites.

Learn about life during Texas’ pioneer days at this restored town, minutes from Gonzales’ town square, made up of 13 houses and buildings from the 1800s and early 1900s.

Meet Ernest Torres, a master candy maker, as he pulls saltwater taffy—and if you’re luck, he’ll throw you a treat. House-made fudge and malts from an old-fashioned soda machine are other favorites at this Galveston staple.

Here, you can come face to face with the original “Come and Take It” cannon—it was originally used during the Battle of Gonzales in 1835 and has since come to symbolize Texas’ independent spirit—as well as uniforms worn by local soldiers during the Texas Revolution.