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12 October 2016

The most stunning parks in Texas


Vast deserts, stunning pine forests and incredible natural landscapes mean that you won’t be short of spectacular things to see on your trip to Texas.
These are definite bucket list items for me and I can't wait to go to the United States in 2018 to tick these off! If you’re planning a visit, here are some of the best national parks not to be missed.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park


Guadalupe Mountains National Park is well known for its extensive hiking and backpacking opportunities through white Salt Basin Dunes, with grassland brimming with wildlife and fossilised reef mountains. 
A trail leads you through a rich conifer forest up to the state’s highest summit- which gives you the most amazing views of rocky El Capitan peak.
This time of year is a great time to visit as the foliage in Fall looks absolutely spectacular. There’s more primitive camping on offer here in the pristine wilderness.
You can also go bird watching, hiking and sightseeing.


Big Thicket National Park



If a more woodland based adventure is something that appeals to you, as you’ll have probably guessed by the name ‘Big Thicket’- this park is exactly that. 
In this heavily forested park, you can go birdwatching, hunting, hike the various trails and go kayaking. If you are looking for a camping experience that takes it back to basics, then this will be for you.
There aren’t any developed campgrounds or campsites in the park, but you are able to backpack and pitch a tent in a variety of places.


Amistad National Park


Looking for fun on the water? Amistad National Preserve is located by the Amistad Reservoir and is known for its fantastic water-based recreation activities. 
You can go boating, water skiing or even take part in a fishing tournament at certain times of the year. As with the other parks, there are fantastic hiking opportunities. 
You can also view amazing rock art and other interesting cultural sights.
There is no accommodation or food provided in the park, however there are places where you can camp in tents or RVs.


Big Bend National Park


Lastly, Big Bend National Park is possibly the highlight attraction of Texas. 
Here you will see awe-inspiring rivers, mountains and desert for a true glimpse into the beauty of the region. Trek along the Santa Elena Canyon Trail- this vast limestone-cliffed canyon was gouged out by the Rio Grande river, leaving the most beautiful natural landscape in its wake. 
There’s sightseeing, hiking, river trips, horseback riding, biking and so much more on offer. Unlike the other parks, there’s a range of different types of accommodation available right on site. There are options from four-star luxury to economical motel rooms or camping, all depending on your budget.


Don’t forget to pack your camera, because you really won’t want to miss these sensational sights. Whether you want to go for a full on primitive, ‘back to nature’ camping experience or spend the night in a luxury hotel, these parks will have something for you.
Have you ever visited Texas?
Which of these parks do you like the sound of the most?


Thanks for reading,

*This post is a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.
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12 October 2016

The most stunning parks in Texas


Vast deserts, stunning pine forests and incredible natural landscapes mean that you won’t be short of spectacular things to see on your trip to Texas.
These are definite bucket list items for me and I can't wait to go to the United States in 2018 to tick these off! If you’re planning a visit, here are some of the best national parks not to be missed.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park


Guadalupe Mountains National Park is well known for its extensive hiking and backpacking opportunities through white Salt Basin Dunes, with grassland brimming with wildlife and fossilised reef mountains. 
A trail leads you through a rich conifer forest up to the state’s highest summit- which gives you the most amazing views of rocky El Capitan peak.
This time of year is a great time to visit as the foliage in Fall looks absolutely spectacular. There’s more primitive camping on offer here in the pristine wilderness.
You can also go bird watching, hiking and sightseeing.


Big Thicket National Park



If a more woodland based adventure is something that appeals to you, as you’ll have probably guessed by the name ‘Big Thicket’- this park is exactly that. 
In this heavily forested park, you can go birdwatching, hunting, hike the various trails and go kayaking. If you are looking for a camping experience that takes it back to basics, then this will be for you.
There aren’t any developed campgrounds or campsites in the park, but you are able to backpack and pitch a tent in a variety of places.


Amistad National Park


Looking for fun on the water? Amistad National Preserve is located by the Amistad Reservoir and is known for its fantastic water-based recreation activities. 
You can go boating, water skiing or even take part in a fishing tournament at certain times of the year. As with the other parks, there are fantastic hiking opportunities. 
You can also view amazing rock art and other interesting cultural sights.
There is no accommodation or food provided in the park, however there are places where you can camp in tents or RVs.


Big Bend National Park


Lastly, Big Bend National Park is possibly the highlight attraction of Texas. 
Here you will see awe-inspiring rivers, mountains and desert for a true glimpse into the beauty of the region. Trek along the Santa Elena Canyon Trail- this vast limestone-cliffed canyon was gouged out by the Rio Grande river, leaving the most beautiful natural landscape in its wake. 
There’s sightseeing, hiking, river trips, horseback riding, biking and so much more on offer. Unlike the other parks, there’s a range of different types of accommodation available right on site. There are options from four-star luxury to economical motel rooms or camping, all depending on your budget.


Don’t forget to pack your camera, because you really won’t want to miss these sensational sights. Whether you want to go for a full on primitive, ‘back to nature’ camping experience or spend the night in a luxury hotel, these parks will have something for you.
Have you ever visited Texas?
Which of these parks do you like the sound of the most?


Thanks for reading,

*This post is a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.

No comments:

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