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Top 5 historical sites to visit in Texas

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This unassuming structure is where Texas was formed.

This unassuming structure, Washington-on-the-Brazos, is where Texas was formed.

The Lone Star State has a storied history all its own, including cave drawings, independence wars, and of course cowboys. Everyone’s heard of the Alamo, but there’s whole lot more out there to explore. Leave the history books at home and get ready for the top 5 historical sites for Texas natives and visitors alike.

5 – Washington-on-the-Brazos. Visit the place where Texas became Texas when 59 delegates signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Take part in one of the park’s special events or stroll at your own pace.

4 – Old World Mansions in Galveston – The seaside city of Galveston was nearly wiped off the map in the hurricane of 1900. But the Romanesque Moody Mansion and Victorian Bishop’s Palace weathered the storm, now representing the glory of historic Galveston.

3 – USS Lexington – The USS Texas is currently undergoing repairs, so instead head to Corpus Christi for a tour aboard the USS Lexington aircraft carrier. Visit the flight deck or even have an escape room adventure on this World War II-era ship.

2 – Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza – Look out the window where history changed forever, at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. Examine images, news broadcasts and evidence in the Texas School Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed President John F. Kennedy.

And the No. 1 historical site to see in all of Texas is … the NASA Space Center in Houston. Have lunch with an astronaut, explore a shuttle replica, or go on your own space quest. You might even get a glimpse into the future of life on (or off) Earth…

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