10. Get lost in Big Bend
With over 800,000 acres, Big Bend National Park is one of the largest national parks in the US. It’s also one of the most desolate, but that just makes it all the more beautiful... oh, and more super-easy to get lost in. Hike the well-known Chimneys and Marufo Vega Trails. Make your way over to the Santa Elena Canyon, the winding valley that separates the US and Mexico. Or try finding Cattail Falls, hidden off the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive at the base of the Chisos Mountains. The lush desert oasis comes complete with an Instagram-baiting waterfall that can reach up to 80ft. If you really do get lost, at least the park has the darkest skies in the state, making it ideal for viewing the stars.
11. Cliff-jump into Jacob's Well
Ever seek the thrill of diving headfirst into a natural artesian spring with an extremely dangerous limestone cave below it? Well, you’re in luck, because Jacob’s Well is just that. Thanks to a charted cave system nearly 140ft deep and almost a mile long (it’s believed to be the longest underwater cave in Texas), only experienced cave divers are permitted to go down, because as we stated, this guy’s pretty hazardous. But no worries -- regular folk can still cliff-jump into a 12ft swimming hole and hang by the water.
12. Embrace Texas’ Czech roots
Eat ALL the kolaches. Czech immigrants began arriving in Texas through the port of Galveston during the mid- to late 19th century, and they brought their sweetened dough, fruit, cheese, poppyseed, and sausage-filled pastries with them. Now you can find them all over Central Texas, from Houston to Rowena, but we suggest starting with Weikel's in La Grange, Hruska’s in Ellinger, and Czech Stop in West.