Thursday, June 27, 2019

3 Underrated Cities to Visit in Texas

When you think of visiting Texas, you may think of taking a vacation to Dallas, San Antonio, or Houston. However, if you are looking to plan a trip to Texas soon, there are several smaller, underrated towns that you may want to check out in addition to the usual attractions. While travelers often boast of the events and destinations of the large city of Texas, you will discover exciting new places that most vacationers do not know about when you visit these smaller towns.

1. Lancaster, TX

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One of the underrated towns in Texas that you should visit is the town of Lancaster. Located just 15 minutes south of Dallas, Lancaster was first settled in 1844. If you would like to explore the town's history, you should visit either the historical town square or the Visitors Center and State Auxiliary Museum, which offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the state of Texas.

While in town, you can visit the Bear Creek Nature Park, which has a butterfly garden, a rock climbing wall, and a fishing pier and pond. It also has areas with tables and grills if you would like to spend the day there and make your meal at the park. There are several local restaurants that you can eat at, but if you can only eat at one, you should check out the local favorite: Bienvenidos Mariscos la Marea Mexican and Seafood.

There are several budget-friendly accommodations in Lancaster which will allow you to save more money for visiting the attractions.

2. Brownsville, TX

Located along the Rio Grande River and near the Gulf of Mexico, Brownsville is a gorgeous town that offers many shopping opportunities, including the Juarez Market. In addition to the wonderful shopping, there are the other typical attractions that you can expect in any vacation spot, like restaurants and hotels. However, if you are looking for something more unique, you'll want to check out the Palo Alto battlefield: the location of the first battle in the United States/Mexico war. This is a piece of history that you cannot find just anywhere.

If you stay in Brownsville, you will also have easy access to Port Isabel, South Padre Island and Matamoros, Mexico.

3. Marfa, Texas

If you are looking for a town with a beautiful view, you should visit Marfa, home of the "Marfa Lights." The "Marfa Lights" are an unexplained light show the happen in this town every year. If you would like to watch the lights, you should also visit the festival in town that occurs at the same time. If you need another reason to stop by, Marfa is also the home of the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

While booking your next trip to Texas, be sure to stay in or near one of these underrated towns. You will be able to experience new restaurants, attractions, and spots with beautiful views. You will also be able to share unique vacation stories with your friends!

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