Texas Nature April 03, 2016
7 Wonders Of The World That Are Actually Right Here In Texas
We’ve all heard of the seven wonders of the world, but what about the seven wonders of Texas? Some of the marvels in our state are definitely spectacular enough to make the list. Here are our picks.
1. Palo Duro Canyon
Given the fact that it's the second largest canyon in the country, this stunning rock formation is easily one of the greatest natural wonders in Texas - and possibly in the entire U.S. Standing at 800 feet deep, 120 miles long, and 20 miles wide, the canyon is simply breathtaking. Visitors can marvel in its beauty from up top, and then drive to the bottom for hiking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, mountain biking, picnicking, and camping.
2. Houston Astrodome
Believe it or not, the Astrodome was actually nicknamed the eighth wonder of the world upon its construction in 1965. With its status as the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, it's a pretty amazing building.
3. Hamilton Pool
This absolutely gorgeous grotto in Dripping Springs has been named the most beautiful place in Texas time and time again, and for good reason. A waterfall trickles down from the top of the limestone overhang onto a rock below and into the blue-green water. It's picture-perfect, almost like you're watching a commercial for a trip to the Bahamas or some other far away place - but it's right here in Texas.
4. Dinosaur Valley State Park
How many places can you go and see real dinosaur tracks from millions of years ago embedded in the earth? Not very many, I'd imagine. But one such place is in our state - Glen Rose, TX, to be exact. There are plenty of other outdoor activities in the park given the fact that the pristine Paluxy River runs right through it. But the most popular attraction is obviously the fossils. There's no experience quite like standing right on a dinosaur track and realizing the majestic creatures walked on that very spot so long ago.
5. Caddo Lake
This 26,000-acre body of water bordering Louisiana is the only natural lake in Texas. Pretty amazing, huh? You can spend the day paddling, fishing, and taking a guided boat tour before roughing it in a cabin or tent when night falls - or, if you've never been to the nearby quaint town of Jefferson, you can spend the night in one of its many bed and breakfasts.
6. Big Bend
Of course the most breathtaking mountain range in the state had to make the list. Not only do the Chisos Mountains provide amazing views while you hike during the day, but when the sun goes down and the night sky comes to life with the Milky Way band and millions of surrounding stars, you'll be absolutely blown away.
7. Caverns of Sonora
The Caverns of Sonora are regarded as the prettiest of the seven publicly accessible caves in the state. Some even consider them among the most beautiful in the world. Stalactites and stalagmites line the ground and ceiling, and rooms resembling huge amphitheaters span ridiculous lengths. The guided tour takes roughly an hour, but that hour will be one you won't regret.
Have you ever been to any of these places? What else would you add to this list?
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