As the second largest state in the United States, Texas has many interesting sites to offer tourists. Narrowing it down to the must-see sites is difficult, but there are a few landmarks that should be on every first-time visitor's list, as well as being enjoyable for the repeat visitor. These landmarks don't just play an important part in Texas history, but in the history of an entire generation.
John F. Kennedy Monument
November 22, 1963, will always be remembered in United States history as the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while in his motorcade through Dallas. The monument was restored in 1999 to mark the thirtieth anniversary of that sad day. A place of quiet reflection for all visitors, the monument sits as a peaceful place amongst the bustle of downtown Dallas. The marker and Dealey Museum, which hosts a permanent Kennedy exhibit, is located at the intersection of Market and Record Street.
Dealey JFK Museum
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Old City Park
Also in Dallas, Old City Park hosts a recreation of the first settlement that later became the bustling city. Located south of downtown, the park sits on 13 wooded acres and takes visitors back to the frontier past of the city. A living heritage museum located at the park recreates the life of the settlers in the late 1800s, with actors in authentic costumes demonstrating crafts and other realities of daily life of the time.
Sam Houston Statue and Museum
Located in historical Huntsville, the Sam Houston statue and museum celebrates the life and accomplishments of the former president of the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston spent time as both president and later governor of Texas, ending his period in office when he refused to swear loyalty to the confederacy during the civil war. The statue was erected in 1994 and the museum followed the next year. The museum offers a taste of Texas' rich history to visitors. Huntsville is located 70 miles north of Houston.
Sam Houston Memorial Museum
1836 Sam Houston Ave.
Huntsville, TX 77340
Space Center Houston
The Johnson Space Center offers a visitors' section--called Space Center Houston--that is both family-friendly and educational. The training ground of both American and international astronauts, Johnson is also home to the space program's mission control center. Space Center Houston includes a museum of space travel with exhibitions of former spacecraft, a tram tour of NASA and other exhibits that change periodically.
Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
Article Written By Jenny Harrington
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