Texas as The Lone Star State is the State of cowboys and country music, magnificent landscapes and where you can eat the best steak in America.
Here is the list of the best of Texas by No Fashion Places:
- First stop is to the North at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo for who is a lover of street art and Bruce Springsteen. It’s a monumental sculpture of planted Cadillacs in the ground where, even if it is not legal, you can scratch the cars by spray cans on the ground. Also, since you’re already in Amarillo, you must stop at The Big Texan Steak Ranch on Route 66 and eat the 72 oz steak Do it, you’ll get the dinner for free. A real challenge to the boundaries of human capacity that has become a Guinness for the winners. In any case, even the steak is delicious.
- Then, stop in Helotes at John T. Floor’s Country Store. Here music legends like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and Willie Nelson have been launched. We were lucky to listen, Charley Crockett, the rising star of the new country blues. We interviewed him exclusively: Charley Crockett.
- Houston: city of art and home of the NASA Space Center. The spaceship landed to the moon, astronauts in space and their lifestyle, Mars, and missions of today. A theme park very well organized to live close to the Space keeping the feet to the “ground.” Moreover, Houston with its Downtown is impressive for modernity and new trends.
- Mustang Island is the island devastated by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. It is an 18 Miles long white sand strip that runs from Corpus Christi to the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape is very particular, sometimes Caribbean but the sea has strong currents. Be careful! You are in the Mustang Island National Park, surrounded by the most pristine nature where you can do free camping directly on the beach, in front of the sea.
- Marfa: do you feel like the desert? Go straight to the South-West getting lost in dusty and desolate streets. Marfa is a town of 2000 people, almost all artists who made Marfa a place to create and experience contemporary art in its pure state. The Chinati Foundation is worth a visit. Do not miss the Trans Pecos Music Festival at El Cosmico and the falafels of John’s Shark food at 909 W of San Antonio St. in Marfa. Find out all about Marfa here.
- Prada Marfa: is about 37 Miles NW of Marfa, in the middle of the nowhere. It’s a real Prada boutique designed by the duo Elmgreen & Dragset, a few miles from Valentine TX. A true modern piece of art.
- El Paso: is the American capital of cowboy boots. It’ s located to the West on the border with Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. We stayed at Rocketbuster, a historic company that only makes custom boots. He has all Hollywood celebrity clients. We interviewed the designer. Read the Rocketbuster interview and choose your pair of boots. As you are in El Paso, you should try the cinema experience with dinner at the Alamo Drafthouse.
- Bandera: is the capital of cowboys in the world. It is a Trade Mark. It’s near to San Antonio and thanks to the strength of American marketing, it is the city of western clothing, saloon, rodeo, and outdoor activities. It’s lost in the countryside. Excellent meat!
- Gruene: located in the New Braunfels and founded in 1850. It’s renowned as a historical town. Far West vibes, vintage shops, and restaurants feel you into a past dimension. A must stop is at the Gruene Hall, the oldest venue in Texas. They play live music every day like in the ’40 years.
- At last but not least, we want to underline the friendship of Texans. We had a great stay in that places and we were warmly welcomed all the time.
Texas is a great country as big as France. We are sure to miss other exciting places. This is just a selection of our favorite places. A suggestion of an alternative journey between art, history, and nature, looking for sometimes to escape living great experience. Have a good Journey and enjoy Texas!