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Take a Historic Road Trip Along the Texas Coastline

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Texas is not always the first state that comes to mind when planning a trip to the beach. However, when you couple the state’s rich history with over 300 miles of coastline, you end up with some great stops worthy of a Texas road trip. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Port Isabel Lighthouse

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Photo: tpwd.texas.gov

With gorgeous views and a grand history, Port Isabel Lighthouse is the only Texas coast lighthouse open to the public. The grounds themselves are a great place for a picturesque picnic, and if you don’t mind climbing a few stairs and ladders, the top of the tower offers breathtaking views of both land and sea. For more information on admission and activities, visit portisabellighthouse.com.

2. Palo Alto Battlefield

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Photo: nps.gov/paal

The landscape of the Palo Alto Battlefield in Brownsville has not changed much since General Mariano Arista led 3,200 men onto its coastal plains. Flanked by mesquite thickets and cactus, the troops sought to block the advancing U.S. Army. Though the troops managed to delay the U.S. advance, the Battle of Palo Alto saw many Mexican casualties, prompting Arista’s forces to retreat early the next morning. Offering a great lesson in Texas history, the Battlefield is now a national park, and is open to the public. For more information on hours and activities, visit nps.gov/paal.

3. USS Lexington

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Photo: usslexington.com

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