If you like discover spectacular and interesting places that few others have, these 19 amazing gems in Texas are sure to be right up your alley.
Even if you’re not from Texas, odds are you’ve heard of Luckenbach because of the classic Waylon Jennings’ song. This famous tiny town that has just three inhabitants and two main buildings: one houses the remnants of a post office, a working saloon and general store. The other is a dancehall that hosts top Texas country artists every week, making it a great place to go for an authentic Texan experience.
Stonehenge II, Ingram
This replica of England’s Stonehenge is about two-thirds the size of the original, and is now located on the Hill Country Arts Foundation’s campus at 120 Point Theater Road in Ingram, Texas. It represents what Stonehenge would look like before erosion and the weather topped some of the original structure. The biggest difference other than the smaller size, is that these stones are much lighter, made up of plaster applied to a wire mesh frame -those at Stonehenge weigh more than four tons.
Hamilton Pool, Dripping Springs
This stunning oasis hidden in cattle grazing lands west of Austin near Dripping Springs, is considered to be one of the best swimming holes in the entire state of Texas. The natural pool is surrounded by giant slabs of limestone, while large stalactites grow from the ceiling high above. To get there, you’ll have to hike a short trail through a lush, stream-fed canyon which opens up to a magnificent grotto
With centuries-old cypress trees draped in Spanish moss, you might think you’re in a Louisiana bayou. There are few lakes as enveloping as Caddo, with pristine water boasting top-notch fishing and teeming with wildlife like alligators, mink, wood storks, owls, eagles and great blue herons. Created by the massive log jam known as “The Great Raft,” which began as far back as the 12th century, it’s one of the only naturally-formed lakes in Texas.
Jacob’s Well, Wimberley
Just north of Wimberley is this 30-foot-deep artesian spring that’s considered one of the best spots to swim in Texas Hill Country. It’s also a popular spot for divers, with its various chambers holding natural wonders like bioluminescent algae and unique limestone patterns, but with false exits and fine silt that can cloud vision, it’s also rather dangerous, with a number of divers losing their lives exploring the caverns below.
Hueco Tanks State Park, El Paso
Hueco Tanks State Park is home to a bizarre cluster of rocks known as one of the best bouldering areas in the United States. People come to climb, hike and gaze upon the over 200 images of masks on the rocks drawn by Native Americans who used to journey here for the rainwater held inside the rock basins. If there’s been rain recently, you’ll still see many pools of water in the pock-marked rock.