alexhagelskjaer saidHey guys I'm Alex and I'm from Denmark. Me and my dad are planning a trip across America and Texas is going to be the first state (he's such a big fan of cowboys). I was thinking of traveling to Dallas, Austin or Houston. Does anyone have any advice on places to see or routes? My father's also interested in history, scenic areas and we're looking for places with moderate hiking and some cool views.
Anything you can tell me would be helpful. Thank you!
Oh and btw this is not my first time visiting the states. Got to watch Raptors vs Celtics in Boston way back in 2009. It was so cool.
I lived in Houston, it's just a big city, pretty much like any other in the US. You won't see any cowboys there, unless they're stuffed exhibits in a museum. Except if there's a rodeo nearby during your dates, so check online.
I lived in San Antonio 4 years, probably the best Texas city for sightseeing. You have the historic Alamo, and the Riverwalk nearby is very scenic, some nice riverside dining, if a bit touristy. The "La Villita" section attempts to preserve how the original Mexican village appeared.
A few miles to the west you have a series of early Spanish colonial church missions (which is what the Alamo was), in various states of ruin or restoration, so those are historical. You can find brochures at the Alamo that map them, and at other locations, as well as online.
Further west & north, if you have the time to drive, you get into the Hill Country, which has some scenic aspects. Garner State Park west of Hondo is attractive, probably as far as you'd want to drive. I used to take my RV and camp there along the Frio River.
My dog almost drowned there. The river can be so slow it appeared like glass one morning. My dog saw some ducks in it, and I guess he thought it was just a shallow puddle, like on a road. So he went running and leaped in after them off a raised bank, and went right under.
He resurfaced choking and struggling. I jumped in after him, fully dressed, and dragged him back out. Silly dog! Of course I didn't punish him, but rather comforted him, I knew he had learned his lesson. Gawd, my memories of the Frio River.