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Must-see destinations in Texas
Now that spring has arrived, many people are itching to get out and explore the country via road trip. While there are plenty of great destinations to visit, consider touring the exciting Lone Star state. Here are some car travel tips on must-see destinations in Texas. Just don't forget to brush up on some car safety tips when trekking through the hot desert landscape.
Texas' capital is also affectionately known as "The Live Music Capital of the World." Blending traditional southwestern atmosphere with the appeal of a major northern city, Austin is brimming with excitement for people of all interests, according to USA Today. The city is home to a variety of live music venues and bars and hosts the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits music festivals.
There is perhaps no landmark in Texas more recognizable than the Alamo in the city of San Antonio. The site of the famous 19th century battle between Texan and Mexican forces when the state was still an independent republic, the Alamo now houses a variety of exhibits and artifacts detailing the past several centuries of southwestern history, reports VacationHomes.net.
Big Bend National Park
Outdoor enthusiasts should be sure to explore Big Bend National Park. Comprising more than 800,000 acres in southwestern Texas, the park is named for the "big bend" of the Rio Grande, where the water flow abruptly shifts from the southwest to the northeast, according to the National Park Service. Visitors can observe all manner of animal and plant life native to the Texas wilderness.