Josefina Richards

Discover the Best Hidden Gems in Texas

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People in Texas like to think of their state as their own little country, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love visitors. In fact, you’ll find some of the most welcoming and kind people you’ll ever meet. And, contrary to what some northerners might believe, there’s a whole lot more to the Lonestar State than rodeos and trail rides. You can find just about anything in this great state, including these little gems that even some of the locals don’t know about. If you don’t believe us, y’all hold onto your hats and take a look!


Marfa Lights

Travel west to Marfa and you can experience one of the rarest oddities in existence. On a clear night, you can see the beautiful Marfa lights move around the sky like dancers. They disappear, split, and twinkle like independent beings. Going back to the first sighting in 1883, people often debate about whether they are aliens, international enemies, or ghosts of past conquistadors. Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), there are some plausible scientific explanations for the phenomenon. The most probable is atmospheric conditions. But if it’s all the same to you, we’ll just hold on to the mystery.


Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary

This habitat houses and cares for abandoned or abused big cats. Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary is much more than a zoo. Lions, tigers, and other endangered creatures roam the 150-acre refuge where tourists can walk among them. A tour guide will lead you through the property and teach you a little about each animal, as well as their species in general.


Museum of the Weird

Known as a museum of oddities, the Museum of the Weird in Austin is one of the most bizarre places you’ll ever see. In it, you’ll find things like a two-headed calf, a sword-swallowing performer, and a Minnesota iceman. This museum should be on everyone’s bucket list, if for nothing else than to see the Feejee Mermaid. They’re open every day until midnight, so you’re sure to find a time that you can fit on your travel itinerary.


Cathedral of Junk

This Texan takes junking to a whole new level. Located in a quiet Austin neighborhood, Vince Hannemann built a huge oddity in his backyard. The cathedral, of course, is built entirely out of junk, like wheels, utensils, circuit boards, and bicycle parts. But it’s not just a trash heap. You can actually enter this building and sit in one of the rooms. There have even been weddings and parties held there, and Vince says he’s happy to show people around when he’s home.


South Padre Island

How many states in the US have their own island? With its lively beaches, South Padre Island is the place to go for surfing, fishing, or just working on your tan. But it’s also a really cool place for artists and art-lovers alike. You’ll find live music, fun festivals, galleries, and much more on this little Texas gem.


Before You Go

Before going on your voyage, make sure your phone is in tip-top shape. Make sure you can use your phone to record videos as well as to take photos of attractions. You will want to remember Texas, send pictures to family, and upload your videos to social media! You’ll find plenty of AT&T stores in Texas where you can make updates to your phone or purchase a new one that has more options. If you want more certainty, you can purchase accessories such as chargers and cases to make sure your phone is always ready to go and well-protected.


With smartphones in-hand, you are sure to capture amazing images to keep for memories of your trip to Texas!

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