Ever been to Texas?
December 20, 2012 7:39am CST
A few weeks ago I visited my friend down in Texas. He was my best friend when he was in Minnesota, but had to move down to be with his parents because he couldn't seem to make it on his own or keep out of trouble. So, he moved with them into a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. I went down there for five days during the week, took some vacation time from work. It was just starting to get cold here in Minnesota, so it sat at a perfect 60-65 degrees in Texas! That was nice. We ended up driving all around Texas, basically. We spent more time driving than we did anything else. I am wondering, for those of you who are FROM Texas or who have been there, what should we do next time we are there? We did not put enough research or planning into it. We "planned" on being spontaneous, and this instead caused us to not have as much fun or see as much as we could have. We were in the areas of Dallas, Houston, Galveston, and Austin. We did see JFK's memorial and where he was shot, spent some time in downtown Dallas, didn't spend so much time in Houston but did do a bar crawl in what I believe they call "mid town", in Galveston we saw the ocean and the pier (YAY!) and went to a place called Moody Gardens (way overrated) and Austin is a complete blur. I wanted to see the white sand beaches at Corpus Christi but we didn't have time to drive the extra distance. I am planning on going back again probably in February, and I wanted to see what you thought would be good places to go to, good attractions to see. I loved the ocean and all the palm trees near the ocean, that was an amazing sight to see! Where would you go in Dallas, Houston, or Galveston or in between? Advice needed!
• United States
20 Dec 12
I've never been to Texas. At some point, I'd like to visit simply so that I could say that I've been there. However, I have no pressing reason to go other than that. I would suggest starting by taking a look at a respected site such as Fodor's. That would help to give you some initial ideas. You should also follow up with the websites for any local newspapers--not so much the dailies but, rather, weeklies if they have them. If there is something equivalent to the City Pages for that area, that would be where you would want to look.
• United States
23 Dec 12
City Pages... We have one of those in Minnesota. Are you a midwesterner, too? I will definitely check out that Fodor's thing you mentioned. I had no pressing reason to go to Texas, either, as it's not really a common touristy destination, except that I had a place to stay and an excuse to visit (and explore) with a friend who recently moved down there. But from what I saw, it was pretty nice, especially near the ocean.