Two Texas State Parks Have Been Ranked Among The Best In The Entire Nation
By Katie Lawrence|Updated on January 29, 2022(Originally published January 22, 2022)
Katie Lawrence is a Southeast Texas native who graduated 18th in her high school class with a GPA of 4.25. She attended college in the Houston area and changed her major twice (psychology, computer science, and finally criminal justice) before taking a leap of faith and dropping out to pursue a career in freelance writing.
Today, Katie writes for the Texas and Arizona pages of OnlyInYourState.com and has never been more passionate about a job before. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee, watching a crime TV show or scary movie.
There are over 8,000 state parks in the country, and according to HomeToGo, Texas has two of the very best. In the past, the vacation rental company ranked Palo Duro Canyon and Brazos Bend among the top 20 state parks in the U.S. Although the list changes yearly, we agree that these are the state parks to visit in Texas, so get your bucket list ready!
Palo Duro Canyon snagged the #2 spot, while Brazos Bend clocked in right behind at #3. Four factors were used to rank the parks: activities, accommodations, wildlife, and solitude.
Click here to visit the Palo Duro Canyon website, and here for Brazos Bend.
Whether it’s views, nature, or hiking trails in Texas you’re after, a visit to one of these parks is a must! Have you ever visited either of these state parks? If so, we’d love to hear all about your experience as well as any other state parks to visit in Texas!
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