An astonishing place to visit, not only does this region have a lush, nearly tropical climate, rugged natural beauty and one of the most dynamic urban centers, it’s also rich with wildlife, history and cultural attractions. The South Texas Plains will open your eyes, provoke thoughts,awaken your senses and possibly even make your taste buds scream for more.
Here, you can walk in the footsteps of Spanish conquistadors and visit missions built for Franciscan monks. Then get an up-close and personal look at some of America’s finest Spanish architecture like Goliad‘s graceful Mission Espiritu Santo or the Mission District of San Antonio. Oh, and if you don’t remember the Alamo, you’ll want to head to San Antonio pronto. Early Texan and American adventurers like Davy Crockett died defending this mission, sparking Texas independence and eventually ushering Texas into the United States.
Want to tee off the day after Christmas or go fishing in February – without cutting a hole in a frozen lake? The Rio Grande Valley attracts many visitors because of its mild winter weather. Yep, all kinds of outdoor fun is a green light year-round here. The beauty and hospitality of the Mexican culture is well known in cities like Eagle Pass, Laredo, Roma, Rio Grande City and McAllen.
This incredibly diverse, rapidly-growing city has much more than the Alamo to brag about. The famous River Walk is a must-see, overflowing with shops, restaurants and late-night revelry. Just a few of the many family attractions here include SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the San Antonio Zoo and the San Antonio Children’s Museum. This is also a city that values the arts. The McNay Art Museum, Mexican Cultural Institute and San Antonio Museum of Art are among the highlights.
For nature lovers, the semi-tropical Rio Grande Valley is one of the best birding and butterfly-watching spots in North America. Several major migratory routes converge here, which is why this is the home of the World Birding Center. Of course, there’s no shortage of scenic spots here to hike, camp, picnic or just relax and enjoy the natural world around you, like at Three Rivers and the Choke Canyon State Park. Choke Canyon’s vast reservoir is one of the area’s real havens for fishing and boating.
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