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10 Famous Texas Landmarks You Must See at Least Once in Your Lifetime

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Texas is great. It’s just a simple fact. The Lone Star State is a melting pot of cultures, people, and landscapes. And whether you are visiting the furthest reaches of the remote Big Bend region, or you find yourself in the bustling metropolis that is Dallas, there is an eclectic collection of well-known landmarks all across the state. Here, we highlight 10 famous features of our great state that you must see at least once in your lifetime!

1. The State Capitol—Austin, Texas

Texas State Capitol Building

Photo: Facebook/Texas State Capitol

Situated in downtown Austin, our state’s beautiful Capitol building’s construction was completed in 1888. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1986. According to, Texas’ capitol building is the second largest in the country, surpassed only by the United State’s capitol building in Washington D.C. However, when it comes to overall height, the  Lone Star State’s building comes out on top with a height of 308 feet, versus the country’s at 289 feet.

2. The Alamo—San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo

Photo: Facebook/Nancy Lindo-Drusch 

It is difficult to think of a landmark more widely recognized than this tiny mission tucked away amongst the high-rise buildings of San Antonio. A visit to the Alamo is a chance to experience first-hand the tenacity and grit that our great state has become famous for.

3. Palo Duro Canyon—Canyon, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon

Photo: Courtesy of MarLee Berry

Located in the Panhandle region of Texas, Palo Duro Canyon is the nation’s second largest canyon. Filled with hiking trails, native wildlife species, and historical buildings, the rugged beauty of Palo Duro has captured the hearts of adventurers across the state since becoming a state park in 1934.

4. The Cross—Groom, Texas

The Cross, Groom Texas

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The tiny town of Groom (population 565 in 2016) is home to a gargantuan monument. The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ is a 19-story-tall attraction located just off of Interstate 40. In addition to the cross, several bronze statues are spread out around the grounds. Visitors can stop by for a closer look anytime, day or night, as the attraction is open 24 hours per day, seven-days-a-week.

5. Big Tex—Dallas, Texas

Big Tex
Photo: Facebook/Big Tex

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