Summer is the time for vacations and traveling, but sometimes traveling can get a little expensive. Thankfully for us, Texas is an absolutely massive state with countless great places to visit. There are actually plenty of Texas spots that kind of look like other beautiful spots around the world. To help you travel far without ever traveling out of state, here are five places in Texas that will make you feel like you've traveled out of the country.
Eisenhower State Park, Denison, and Lake Baikal, Russia
Price: $5 entry
Address: 50 Park Road 20 Denison, TX 75020
Why you need to go: Both of these gorgeous places have small beaches that are surrounded by walls made of rocks and trees. During the summer, the water can be a very beautiful shade of blue but unlike the lake in Russia, the one in Texas doesn't freeze during the winter.
Website: Eisenhower State Park
Monahans Sandhills State Park, Monahan, and the Thar Desert, Rajasthan India
Price: $4 entry
Address: Park Rd. 41 Monahans, TX 79756
Why you need to go: These rolling sand dunes are almost identical even down to their sporadic grassy patches. No matter when you visit, you will have an absolutely incredible time. The sand dunes are a great place to take some photos and discover the unseen side of Texas.
Website: Monahans Sandhills State Park
The Guadalupe Mountains, Salt Flat and Tres Virgenes, Mexico
Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Salt Flat, Texas
Why you need to go: Though technically Tres Virgenes is a volcano and the Guadalupe Mountains are not, the terrain in both of these places is nearly the same and they share similar climates, making them both perfect for a steep hike on any given day.
Website: Guadalupe Mountains
Castroville, Texas and Keyserberg, France
Address: Castroville, Texas
Why you need to go: The villages are almost identical, sharing very similar French country architectural styles and colors. Going into town, Castroville might make you feel like you've left the country and entered France itself. For the most part, Castroville continues to build and expand the town in the same French country village style as to not lose their historic and cultural flair.
Hamilton Pool, Dripping Spring and Misol Há, Mexico
Address: 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Why you need to go: These two hidden swimming holes have become popular tourist attractions over the years. Both locations are centered around massive walls of rock with a gorgeous clear blue spring in the middle. The matching waterfalls can be differentiated as the one in Texas has a calmer stream of water.
Website: Hamilton Pool Preserve
Wherever you decide to visit this summer, we hope you have an incredible time exploring your state and falling in love with all the nature and culture that is around you!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.