Arriving in the U.S.A. was an achievement of mine for the year 2016 while exploring around in different states for three weeks was another big thing! Thank you Philippine Airlines for being on time!
From L.A.X., we had another flight going to San Antontio, Texas – where we spent most of our days during the trip. Tip: Staying in a relative or friend’s house could save you a lot of money that you may use for your food or tours. 😛
In this post, I will share the places that I have explored and toured around the state of Texas thru visual and short descriptions. Texas is too big to be explored for a week! But I’m glad that I am able to be around in some of its cities. Outlets where we shopped are not included in this post. Here we go!
Gruene, New Braunfels
Since it was a holiday season, the streets around the Gruene Historic District were filled with Christmas lights that made it more beautiful at night and best to visit during Christmas. Though even without the Christmas lights, it’s really fun to just walk around the town, listen to the great music and wander around the old properties. So, there’s this one antique shop that we took advantage the Christmas design! Hoho!
Festival of Lights, San Antonio
Another to visit at night because obviously, it’s Festival of Light! 🙂 A multi-cultural holiday celebration that happens every December to January. What to expect? Breathtaking giant illuminated displays, street food, performances and carnival!
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg
I must say, this is one of the best parts in touring around Texas. There are several trails that you could go to and in each trail, you’ll see something new! At the top, you’ll have a 360 view of Texas. It was a big park, but they are limiting the visitors to avoid being too crowded. So if you’re staying around the Fredericksburg and looking for some get-away from the city, this park is a to go to!
Also known as the “Little German Town” because of its history. This small town will make you feel like in German because of its interesting shops in the Main Street, historical museum, open parks and restaurants that also serve German cuisine. It was 24th of December when we visited the town so there were only few open shops and restaurants, most of them probably took a day off to get ready for the Christmas Eve.
The State Capitol of Texas, Austin
The architecture is something to be admired! Even the interior of bathrooms. Haha! A great place to visit with your family and friends. They also offer a group tour if you want to know more about the history of the State Capitol. If you prefer to roam around without a guide, make sure to read the history. Oh, there’s also a library inside of the Capitol! 🙂
The Oasis, Austin
A restaurant that sits on top of a hill that gives an overlooking to Lake Travis, a breathtaking view that must be seen! There are also souvenir shops around and the whole place was beautifully decorated. The romantic atmosphere explains the love locks outside. 🙂 I don’t know about their foods because we just went there to see the view. Worth the drive though.
Space Center (NASA), Houston
One word: AWESOME! My first time to see a REAL spaceship and different kinds of astronaut suits! *cries* Kids and adults will learn so much about space thru different kinds of activities, documentary shows, artifacts and exhibits. Will definitely get you thinking more about the earth and what’s outside of it. Two thumbs up for me!
Riverwalk, San Antonio
Mall, restaurants, park, you name it! So many things to see in here! The Riverwalk is a walking trail in San Antonio downtown that is surrounded by colorful umbrellas. We also went on the river boat and we’re glad that the guide was very knowledgeable with the place, nice and funny. The place gives you a different kind of atmosphere, depending on where you are. It gave me a romantic feeling by just looking at the bridge and imagine that there’s an ongoing marriage proposal, WHAT A ROMANTIC SCENE! Sweet! Definitely a gem in the city! Haha. 😛
Disclaimer: Since I’m with my boyfriend’s family, my first visit was more of being a tourist — visiting a place for pleasure, sight-seeing, planned trip, and etc. — than a traveler, IYKWIM. So I wasn’t able to document everything, though I tried! 😉
If you have any suggestion on where else to go around Texas, please comment below! TIA!
Hope you enjoyed!