I’m sure y’all get the point by now: Texas is a beautiful state. I just can’t stress enough how blessed we are to have such a diverse landscape with everything from mountains to rivers for us to enjoy. Before I started writing these articles, I had absolutely no idea that there were so many amazing wonders within our own borders. Although it was extremely hard to choose only 12, I think I did a pretty good job of including the most breathtaking, spectacular places Texas has to offer. Here are my picks.
1. Palo Duro Canyon (Canyon)
We're extremely blessed to have our own "grand canyon" right here in Texas - one second in size only to the real one, might I add.
2. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple (Stafford)
While it may be a mouthful to pronounce, simply admiring this man-made work of art is easy and priceless. Sitting on over 22 acres and consisting of 33,000 pieces of hand-carved marble and limestone, I think it's safe to say this temple is one of Texas' greatest architectural marvels.
3. Big Bend (Big Bend National Park)
The beauty of the Chisos Mountains is simply incomparable, especially the sunset through "The Window," the most famous scene in the entire park.
4. Hamilton Pool (Dripping Springs)
An article like this just wouldn't be complete without including Hamilton Pool. The limestone grotto is something out of a fairy tale, no doubt about it.
5. Santa Elena Canyon (Big Bend National Park)
This canyon in the Big Bend is nothing short of magnificent, with over 1000 foot tall towering rock walls on either side and the Rio Grande rushing through between them. It's a perfect summer destination for swimming or kayaking that the whole family can partake in.
6. Jacob's Well (Wimberley)
I couldn't leave out the other most famous swimming hole in Texas either, of course. Are you brave enough to take the plunge into this 200+ foot deep abyss in the earth?
7. Devil's River (Del Rio)
Yep, it really is that blue.
8. Caverns of Sonora (Sonora)
These caves have been deemed the most beautiful in the entire country due to the high mineral content. Just look at those crystalline stalactites and stalagmites - absolutely breathtaking.
9. Caprock Canyons (Quitaque)
The fact that we're blessed with two huge canyons is a marvel in itself. I used to think that red rocks like these were reserved for Arizona and Utah, so to not even have to leave my home state to see such beauty? Pretty amazing if you ask me.
10. Willow City Loop (Fredericksburg)
If you've never had the pleasure of seeing wildflowers blooming on a Texas spring day, I truly feel for you - it's an unforgettable scene.
11. The night sky (any remote location)
One of the most breathtaking sights I've seen in Texas is the night sky in all its glory, no city lights obstructing the view. Nothing quite compares to seeing the band of the Milky Way moving across the horizon.
12. Lost Maples State Natural Area (Vanderpool)
Hiking the trails of this park will have you feeling like you've stepped into a children's storybook with the vibrant colors of the leaves. It's hard to believe a place so beautiful actually exists...only in Texas, of course.