Texas is the second-largest state in the nation with 268,596 square miles of unique landscapes perfect for travel and nature photography. As a native Texan, I have explored many regions of this vast state and I am here to dispel the my that Texas’ landscape is nothing more than flat and boring. 

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend’s Chisos mountain range, located in the Chihuahuan desert, is the perfect Texas vacation for challenging hiking trails with panoramic views of the desert mountains, backcountry camping, and scenic drives. Nearby Marfa offers a variety of art installations including the famed Prada store. There’s something for everyone along the Texas/Mexico Border.

Lost Maples State Park

While Lost Maples is beautiful year-round, the maple tree’s fall colors are truly a sight to behold. While in the area, be sure to make the 30-minute drive to Garner State Park.

Lockhart State Park

Grab some BBQ in the city, then head on over to the state park for a picnic and nature trails.

Texas Wildflowers and Birds

Spring is the best time to visit because the weather is perfect, the highways are lined with wildflowers, and birds begin their migration through the lone star state. Texas is uniquely positioned on the migratory path and is a common stopover for many non-native birds which makes Texas birders paradise where a large variety of birds are visible during migration seasons. 

Colorado Bend State Park

Visit the lush, green escape northwest of Austin that is famous for Gorman Falls.

Mckinney Falls State Park

Lyndon B Johson State Park and National Historic Site

LBJ ranch is located in Stonewall, TX the childhood home of former president Lyndon Baines Johnson and continues to operate a grazing ranch to maintain the cultural landscaping LBJ created when he lived on the ranch. The nature trails, longhorn cattle, wildflowers, and living history farm are a must-see state park tucked away in the Texas Hill Country.

Llano, TX

Llano is a quintessential small-town packed with historical sites, Texas BBQ, and scenic pit stops along the llano river. 

Willow City Loop

Willow City Loop is a scenic Texas drive located in Gillespie County, 20 minutes southeast of Enchanted Rock. It is one of the most popular wildflower destinations when Texas bluebonnets are in full bloom, but the panoramic views of the hill country make it a worthwhile trip year-round.

Enchanted Rock State Park