Leave it up to this rebel state to take a monumental international landmark and stick a giant red cowboy hat on it. Located in Paris, Texas, and standing 65ft tall, this cheeky homage to the Eiffel Tower was built by an iron worker’s union in 1993. That same year, Paris, Tennessee built a 60ft replica, which was fine by us until they added another 10 feet on top. Not to be outdone, Texans stuck a big ol’ cowboy hat on top of the faux architecture, then laid claim to housing the "Second Largest Paris in the World." That is, until Vegas erected a 540ft tall one in 1999. Well, crap. At least theirs doesn’t have a sick hat.
In collaboration with the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA's Mission Control Center at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston is responsible for making sure whatever insane space stuff we’re doing runs smoothly. Sign up for a tour and you can see the historic mission control room, where all the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, and Space Shuttle happenings occurred.
Just over 30 miles north of El Paso, you’ll stumble upon the 860-acre Hueco Tanks State Park, which was named for the “huecos” – or large natural rock basins – that encompass it. Rumor has it the place was a spiritual haven for ancient Native Americans who used the basin’s pooled water to survive in the arid land. Today, their 1,000-year-old pictographs can be found all over the monstrous boulders. Just remember what your first girlfriend taught you: you can look, just don’t touch.