21 Shots of Texas Like You've Never Seen It

Longhorn cattle drive at Fort Worth Stockyards | © Alex Butterfield / Flickr
Longhorn cattle drive at Fort Worth Stockyards | © Alex Butterfield / Flickr
Photo of Sarah Karney
3 February 2017

Think you know what Texas looks like? Think again – the Lone Star State is huge, complete with diverse landscapes, cities, and people. Take a look at the state with fresh eyes with these 21 shots.

Driving through east Texas

Texas isn’t all desert and rock formations – visit east Texas to get your forest fix.

Long road back home through east Texas | © Daniel @scrubhiker

From the floor in the inner sanctum of Thanks-Giving Square Chapel in Dallas

This meditation and worship center was built for the celebration and giving of thanks for people of all backgrounds and faiths.

Thanks-Giving Square Chapel in Dallas | © John McStravick

In a field in early spring

Even lining many of the major highways, wild bluebonnets set the scene for lovely spring drives in many areas around Texas.

Texas wildflowers | © Faungg's Photos

Above the Riverwalk

Restaurants, riverboat tours, hotels, and bars can all be found right here, centrally located on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

San Antonio Riverwalk | © Dawn Pennington

The calm before the storm in Seymour, Texas

Weather in Texas can be volatile, and north and central Texas are susceptible to sudden tornadoes.

Curious cows and an approaching storm | © Daniel Rodriguez

In Big Bend National Park

This national park in southeast Texas takes up 1,252 square miles (3,242.6 square kilometers).

Big Bend | © Karen and Brad Emerson / Flickr

In another area of Big Bend

Big Bend is so large that it looks completely different from one side to another.

Santa Elena Canyon at Big Bend | © David Fulmer / Flickr

On the streets of Houston

Houston‘s downtown has an industrial feel, but the colorful street art found around town breaks up the monotony.

Houston street art | © Dan DeLuca

Driving through an empty town

Much of Texas is actually made up of small towns, like seen here in Junction, Texas.

The empty streets of Junction, Texas | © Nicolas Henderson

Inside the Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is one of the largest museums in the U.S., and it hosts an array of exhibitions, films, and workshops.

James Turrell’s The Light Inside at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | © Ed Schipul

Floating down the San Marcos River

During the summer, the San Marcos River is packed with groups of friends floating downstream in tubes with beers, and sometimes dogs, in hand.

Spending a relaxing day floating down the San Marcos River | © Sean Loyless

Flying high above Dallas

Dallas is growing quickly, complete with an iconic skyline voted the best in the world by USA Today.

An aerial view of the incredible Dallas skyline | © Daxis

Inside the canal in South Padre

South Padre Island is known as a spring break destination, but most of the year, it is home to quiet retirees enjoying life on the canal.

South Padre Island Canal | © TravelingOtter

The mid-point between Los Angeles and Chicago

This café sits in Adrian, Texas, exactly 1,129 miles (1,817 kilometers) between both Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas | © Peer Lawther

At the Houston Aquarium

The Houston Downtown Aquarium is more than just an aquarium – it’s an entire amusement park, complete with a Ferris wheel, carousel, shipwreck exhibit, and restaurant.

Houston Downtown Aquarium | © Katie Haugland Bowen / Flickr

From the sidelines at Kyle Field in College Station

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is famous for their mathematically impossible four-way cross maneuver.

Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band | © Stuart Seeger

Watching the cattle drive in Fort Worth

Get a taste of traditional Texas at the twice-daily Fort Worth Stockyards cattle drive, led by real cowboys.

Longhorn cattle drive at Fort Worth Stockyards | © Alex Butterfield / Flickr

The edge of Texas in El Paso

You can see all the way to Mexico and New Mexico from the Franklin Mountains in El Paso.

Eastern cliff of South Franklin Mountain | © Samat Jain

Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo

This art installation is a nice change of scenery on Route 66 and has been the topic and backdrop of many songs and music videos since its erection in 1974.

Cadillac Ranch | © Chuck Coker

Inside the Alamo

The historic battle held here in 1836 was key for Texans in the Texas Revolution, and this spot in San Antonio is now the most visited tourist destination in Texas.

Walkway leading into the Alamo | © Andy Eick

At Hamilton Pool

This naturally made pool lies just outside of Austin and is so popular that you must sign up in advance if you want a shot at swimming here.

Hamilton Pool | © Brandon Lord

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