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Mexican Market which is a few block West of the River walk. I like the River walk after dark.

River walk - shoot early or late, or on a cloudy day.

The Alamo - exterior shots only NO INSIDE PHOTOS. Shoot early morning or late afternoon for best light. It's lighted at night. Closed at 5:30PM. Nice gardens as well.

The artist's village of LaVilleta (just off the River walk) is great, but go early in the day if possible.

Zoo

Art Museum

Botanical Gardens foliage and butterflies

Restaurants – try Boudro's on the River walk (great Gulf seafood), Las Canarias in the Mansion del Rio hotel and Citrus in the Hotel Vallencia, Schilo's Deli on E. Commerce Street has a great breakfast menu and great deli sandwiches, Zuni Grill (River walk) serves a great Prickly Pear Margarita.

San Antonio Missions, Missions Espada, San Juan, San Jose, Concepcion.

Guenter House, San Antonio: Museum for Pioneer Flour Mill, Fantastic breakfast biscuits and gravy and mouth-watering breakfast pastries. Very German-type.

Big Bend National Park April good for wildflowers.

Texas Hill Country is the best area of the state for wild flowers. The Hill Country is Austin, west to Fredericksburg, east to La Grange and south to San Antonio. Try Highway 16 north from Fredericksburg to Llano, then east on Highway 29 to Burnet, then south on US 281 to Johnson City, then back to Fredericksburg on US 290. Also Willow City Loop out of Fredicksburg Take route 16 toward Llano, right on Ranch Rd 1323 before Eckert to get to the loop.  Burnet and Llano counties best. Best time is March-April.

Caddo Lake.

Davy Crockett National Forests

Angelina National Forests.

Enchanted Rock State Park

Inks Lake State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park

Guadalupe National Park, McKittrick Canyon

Caprock Canyons State Park southeast of Palo Duro has nice red rock vistas.

Palo Duro State Parks

Lady Bird Johnson garden.

Rio Grande River drive along the river.

Fossil Rim wildlife center west of Dallas

Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural

San Jacinto Monument. in Deer Park just south of Houston good for birds

Seabrook, right next to Kemah on Galveston Bay. Good for birds.

High Island, good for birds during March and April

Brazos Bend State Park, alligators and birds. southwest of Houston

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Stop at Palo Duro State Park near Amarillo

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument north of Amarillo.

Texas State Railroad between Rusk and Palestine the steam train goes about 50-miles

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Caprock Canyons State Park

Big Thicket National Preserve

Fort Worth Water Gardens they are located at the end of Commerce street. sunset or at night.

Sam Rayburn Lake located by Broaddus. Catch the sun setting over Rayburn at the 147 bridge, Traveling US 69 South from Lufkin turn left on US63 in Zavalla, then left on 147, go to long bridge.

 

Fall Color in Central Texas Medina River area from late October to early November, Lost Maples State Natural Area from mid-October to mid-November. Try Route 16 northwest to Medina then take Ranch Road 337 west along the Medina River. At Vanderpool turn north on Ranch Road 187 and drive five miles to Maples State Natural Area, continue north on Ranch Road 187 to Route39. At Hunt take a short detour north on FM 1340 to a replica of Stonehenge and some Easter Island stone images. Continuing east from Hunt, Route 39 follows the Guadalupe River. Also try west from Vanderpool on Route 337 to Leakey and then take Route 83 south along the Frio River Canyon to Garner State Park. then east to Ranch Road 187 then north along the Sabinal River.

Hwy 71 between Austin and the Highland Lakes areas, Marble Falls, Johnson City and Blanco areas.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park. late October to mid-November. Try route 180/62, Frijole Ranch. trail to Manzanita Spring and Smith Spring, McKittrick Canyon, Pratt Cabin. Grotto with seeping water and ferns. Davis Mountains, Fort Davis, Limpia Creek, Davis Mountain State Park, McDonald Observatory on Mount Locke, town of Canadian, Winnsboro take Route 11 east to Daingerfield State Park then From Route 259 south of Daingerfield State Park to FM 729 to Caddo Lake. Take the Texas State Railroad. Don’t forget Big Bend National Park

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