Friday, November 13, 2015

National Lands: Texas (Part 2)

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Padre Island National Seashore - sand dunes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Padre Island National Seashore is a popular vacation spot which is located south of Corpus Christie. Interstate 37 leads right to the area. This stretch of land is known for its long undeveloped barrier beach area. North of Beaumont and Interstate 10 is Big Thicket National Preserve, which is close to the Louisiana border. Forty miles of hiking trails are available. Boating is permitted as is hunting in certain sections of the preserve. The newest addition to the National Parks lands is the Waco Mammoth National Monument which is located in Waco just west of Interstate 35. Visitors can view fossils of mammoths. Fees apply for the tours and they are not covered by the National Park passes. In El Paso is the Chamizal National Memorial which is on the border with Mexico with Interstate 10 as the closest interstate. The site has a cultural center and hiking and biking.

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Padre Island National Seashore - surf fishing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fort Davis National Historical Site is the site of an Indian Wars' Frontier Military Post. It is located south of Pecos and Interstate 10. The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is in Johnson City which is north of San Antonio. The park is west of Interstate 35 and east of Interstate 10. The site honors the accomplishments of President Johnson.  Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is located at the southern tip of the state. No interstate will get travelers to the area, but Interstates 35 and 37 will get visitors part of the way. This site provides information about the U.S. - Mexican War. The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park presents information on the role of the missions. The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail is in Texas and Louisiana. Travelers should check the National Park Service website since some of the area is on private land. The El Camino Real de los Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail is in New Mexico and Texas. Most sites are along Interstate 25.

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