When you think of things to see in the Lone Star State, many people think of those iconic places like The Alamo in San Antonio, the Texas Capitol in Austin, or Palo Duro Canyon in the Panhandle. As a Native Texan, I love all of those locations but there’s something about the quirky and eccentric places that make me smile. Trying to only come up with 10 favorites was difficult but these specific locations always make a big impression on me.
Prada Marfa and Marathon Target
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
Stonehenge – Odessa and Ingram
Seriously? We have not just one Stonehenge. We have two.
Fredericksburg Trade Days – the Doll Vendor
Rattlesnake Round-up in Sweetwater
Million Barrel Museum in Monahans
The Eiffel Tower, Y’all
Beer Drinking Goat – Mayor Clay Henry in Lajitas
Tex, the Giant Cowboy, in Conlen
Admittedly, I expected nothing when I drove through the town of Conlen in the Texas Panhandle during our perimeter tour. Since the town’s population was only 19, I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Appearing out of the west Texas sky, like grain elevators normally did, was a 20-foot cowboy with Tex on his belt buckle. Why he’s here, I have no idea, but there was no way we weren’t going to take his picture. The State Fair of Texas may have some competition with this big fella.
Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas
So if you like quirky and eccentric, try these 10 on for size. Once you’ve experienced my list, make your own and share your favorites with me. Enjoy Texas and safe travels!
I’ve worked in the travel industry for more than 20 years and I’ve been known to wander all my life. I’ve lived in more than 20 cities and towns and had the opportunity to experience a variety of people and places, introducing me to different cultures and allowing me to make friends along the way. I also majored in English in college. I don’t claim to be an excellent writer, proofreader, or grammar queen. I’m an amateur photographer and enjoy sharing the beauty of places I visit and and where I live.
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