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10 Things You Can Do Only in Texas

The Lone Star State is like no other. Consider these experiences, which you can't quite duplicate anywhere else.

1. Watch a longhorn cattle drive. The world's only longhorn cattle drive occurs twice daily at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

2. Go battyWitness one of North America's largest urban bat colonies (1.5 million Brazilian free-tail bats) at Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin.

3. Explore Palo Duro Canyon. Near Amarillo is the second-largest (after the Grand Canyon) and longest canyon in the U.S. 

4. Visit the Spanish Missions. Travel back in time 300 years at the San Antonio Missions, including the Alamo, a National Park Service site, and the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas.

5. Experience Juneteenth’s birthplaceIn Galveston on June 19, 1865, Texas became the last southern state to be notified of the Civil War’s end and to emancipate its enslave people.

6. Enjoy the largest public rose gardenTyler Rose Garden in Tyler showcases the most extensive public collection of roses in the U.S.  

7. Visit the museum at the Johnson Space CenterThis Houston facility is the home of mission control and astronaut training for NASA. 

8. Quench your thirst at the Dr Pepper MuseumInitially created in 1885 at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, the museum traces the soft drink’s long history. 

9. Get close to nature at the Padre Island National Seashore. The longest undeveloped stretch of a barrier island in the world, the seashore is a safe nesting ground for nearly 400 bird species and the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle.

10. Relive history at the Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza. Located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, the museum chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.