Texas is big, beautiful, and diverse.
So much has been said about Texas—its sunny seacoast to mile-high mountains, dense forests to cactus-studded desert, great cities to small villages and towns, rich and diverse history, and the hallowed Shrine that represents her birthplace.
With 267,000 square miles of amazing opportunities and unforgettable destinations, an RV visit to Texas is always exciting.
In a state as diverse as Texas, there’s always an adventure around every corner and unique attractions at every turn.
From West Texas to the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast, El Paso to Texarkana to Brownsville, from outdoor enthusiasts to foodies to culture buffs, there’s always something to see and do in Texas.
Even those of us who visit Texas frequently and spend a big chunk of our time traversing it leave most of the Lone Star State untouched.
The state overflows with awesomeness at every turn, places we find completely captivating.
These are the places on our Texas Bucket List: 10 things that every traveling Texan should do. Whittling the list to 10 was totally frustrating, so, at the end, we’re listing some other Texas travel spots we love. And, of course, because we haven’t yet been quite everywhere, we’ll keep exploring Texas — and keep letting you know about new finds.
Here, in the meantime, is our bucket list, in no particular order.
We’ll start at the hallowed Shrine that represents her birthplace.
The Alamo is sacred to every Texan, and the state’s number one tourist attraction.
For 176 years, the words, “Remember the Alamo,” have inspired passions and politics. The 13-day siege resulting in a battle to the death for its defenders is truly the stuff of legends.
Entering the doors of this monumental artifact of Texas history, we couldn’t help but wonder how many truly know the saga that unfolded within the walls and under their feet? How many actually think about the struggle for freedom and liberty and the cost involved in the fight against tyranny and suppression?
The story of the birth of the Texas Republic is one of great drama and personal sacrifice.
The Alamo was defended by slightly fewer than 200 men. All were killed or executed.
The first thing many visitors notice about the Alamo is its small size, especially when compared with the buildings of the surrounding city.
Though the old Spanish mission may not be the biggest building on the block, it still casts a giant shadow across the Great State of Texas.
If you have never visited this sacred shrine, you haven’t really visited Texas. And even if you have made the pilgrimage, journey there again and walk the grounds and explore the many enclaves in reflection of the events that transpired there 176 years ago.
Remember the Alamo!
Brenham: Ice Cream Capital of Texas
“Brenham—Ice Cream Capital of Texas,” proclaims the giant sign at the corner of U.S. 290 and FM 577, which becomes Blue Bell Road, home to Blue Bell Creameries.
The tour begins in a small projection room with a brief, humorous video depicting the history of Blue Bell, founded in 1907 as the Brenham Creamery Company. Afterward, a guide leads visitors upstairs to watch cream transform into frozen confections. Tour-goers peer through large, glass windows that overlook the various processing areas, stainless steel vats and chutes crank out the chilly treats into paper tubs, which are loaded into boxes headed for the freezer.
Our guide mentions that less than half of Blue Bell’s 18 year-round and 24 rotating flavors are produced on a given day. On this day, we watch half-gallons of Pecan Praline, Milk Chocolate, and Rocky Road, pints of Moo-llennium Crunch, and three-gallon containers of Homemade Vanilla glide down the line, as well as the rapid assembly of ice cream sandwiches (120 made per minute).
Cravings can build, even in the quick half-hour watching workers operate vats and pack ice cream. Luckily, an ice cream parlor awaits downstairs at the end of the tour. Visitors receive a serving from their choice of 24 flavors, including the latest creations.
An extensive gift shop adjoining the parlor tempts with everything Blue Bell.