Skip the long flights – explore these international cities in Texas
Who doesn’t dream about hopping on a plan and travel the world? Unfortunately for me I don’t always have the funds to travel over seas or the time to visit all my bucket list destinations. But living in Texas means I can hop in the car and find a fun destination to explore every time I have wanderlust.
From Paris to Palestine, you can travel the entire world without leaving the Lone Star State.
5 Great International Destinations in the Lone Star State
Located 100 miles from Dallas, you can visit the 65-foot Eiffel Tower replica – donned with a red cowboy hat on top. It makes for one of the most quirkiest roadside attractions in Texas. This little detour is the perfect spot to snap a few photos. Of course you can’t visit Paris without enjoying pastries, sweets and fresh baked baguettes from Paris Bakery, a Parisian Style Bakery.
It may be know as the Irish capital of Texas, but it’s true claim to fame is the Dublin Dr. Pepper made with Imperial cane sugar rather than corn syrup. A stop at the Dublin Bottling Works is a must. In business for more than 120 years, it’s the oldest soda bottling facility in Texas.
Visit Dublin on St. Partick’s Day for fun festivities and be sure to visit Things Celtic, where you can find Irish, food, gifts and order a custom kilt with your family emblem on it.
It may not have the same luster as Greece, but this small town is oozing with charm. Being only an hour outside of Dallas, it makes for a fun daytrip. It’s the Black-eyed pea capital of the world, where the hamburger was invented and home to Athens Scuba Park, a Mediterranean-blue lake filled with sunken boats, planes and other treasures.
This adorable East Texas town is known for it’s floral dogwood trees and unimposing charm. Vistors can explore the fairytale gardens in the spring, hike to a hidden waterfall at Wolf Creek Lake, or take a ride on a steam locomotive that travels through the rolling hills of the Piney Woods.
Whether you are looking to tube down the Comal River on a hot summer day, head 200 feet below ground to view the Natural Bridge Caverns, go on a drive-thru safari or enjoy the many German restaurants around town, this Texas Hill Country town has it all!
If you’re looking for a true German experience, then you need to visit during the first week of November for Wurstfest. This 10-day festival is similar to Germany’s Oktoberfest. The event offers authentic German food, music, people dressed in lederhosen and dirndls and of course plenty of beer!