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Tour of Texas: Must-See Historical Landmarks

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There are many great landmarks to visit in the United States. Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, and Hoover Dam are just a few. With summer vacation quickly approaching, many families are beginning to make plans to see some of these great places. But before you make plans just yet, check out these great landmarks. This road trip covers 1,362.22 miles, and you won’t even need to leave Texas. Starting at our State Capitol and ending at Big Bend National Park, we will take you through the must-see historical landmarks in Texas!

(Please note that A and B are both in Austin. Also, D and E are both in Houston.)

A. The Texas Capitol (Austin, Texas)

Texas State Capitol, Austin, USA 11

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Where else is a better place to begin our trip than our very own capital? The Texas Capitol is full of history, tradition, and style. Not to mention, state laws are passed in this building. Take a 30 minutes tour any day of the week to learn all kinds of neat facts and see some of the most regal architecture around.

Total Trip mileage: 0 miles (starting point)

B. Governor’s Mansion (Austin, Texas)

Governor's mansion

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Next up, we have the Governor’s Mansion, the first designated landmark in Texas. You won’t have to go far from The Capitol at all to visit this historic site. Since 1856, this mansion has continuously housed Texas governors and their families right next door to the Capitol.

Total trip mileage: .01 miles

C. Spindletop Gusher (Beaumont, Texas)

Spindletop-Saloon-Beaumont-Museum
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The next stop on our list is the site of 1901’s “Lucas Gusher” called “Spindletop”. When oil was discovered on this site, it took nine days to get the gushing under control. It is well worth the trip to Beaumont  to experience the reenactment first hand.

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