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The further you get away from populated cities in Texas, the more incredible country scenery you will find. With fewer people around, comes more room for nature and all of its inhabitants to thrive. A solar Airbnb near Marfa proves just that and will provide you with an incredible place to stay in the middle of nowhere, with equally incredible views.

Michael is the Superhost of the Modern Solar Home about an hour south of Marfa.

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There are many hidden gems scattered across the state, but some are a lot odder than others. From finding beached yachts in the desert to exploring hidden graffiti parks, Texans are no strangers to finding unique artifacts in weird places. One place that is like no other is this 40-year-old school desk atop Hancock Hill in Alpine, Texas. The desk was transported up the rocky hill decades ago, and still stands with a major amount of memories etched into it.

In 1981, three Sul Ross University students carried a long metal desk up a trail behind the school and the desk has remained there ever since!

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Some of the most beautiful parts of Texas are the ones less explored. Traveling out to West Texas will almost always guarantee you views of the Lone Star State not seen by many, and the result will take your breath away. There's a scenic drive near El Paso that's well worth the extra miles, and it's the perfect way to take in all that the Lone Star State has to offer from a distance.

The Scenic Loop Drive starts on Texas 118 in Fort Davis, Texas, and continues for 75 miles.

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There's no better feeling than looking up into the night sky and being greeted with a starry canvas. This Milky Way view isn't attainable in just any part of Texas, in fact, you might have to travel quite a ways before you're able to experience it. Luckily, a glampsite at Big Bend in Texas has several overnight accommodations to choose from that allow you to take in one of the most incredible spots in the Lone Star State. 

Big Bend Glamping in Terlingua, Texas lets you spend the night in the mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert just outside of Big Bend National Park. 

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If you're from Texas, there should be at least a handful of hikes on your vacation bucket list this year. The Lone Star State is filled with incredible parks that have even more stunning of hikes within them, it's just up to you to find them. Luckily, we made a list of places to hike in Texas this summer that'll leave you a little bit sweaty, but a whole lot of happy. 

Closed Canyon Trail at Big Bend Ranch State Park is 1.8 miles of pure canyon bliss.

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