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The Lone Star State is known for open ranges, big skies, and a strong sense of national pride and identity. Millions of visitors move through the state each year to take in the sites and experience Texas firsthand. There are more than fourteen national parks and monuments scattered throughout Texas, and these national landmarks are a great way to explore the terrain of the state. Listed below are some of the most popular national park attractions.

Big Bend National Park

An isolated paradise of panoramic mountain views, Big Bend National Park is a haven for nature lovers who want to stargaze at night or birdwatch during the day. Both activities are uninhibited by manmade structures in this West Texas retreat area. Deep canyons make the night sky even darker, making the star show even brighter. Big Bend National Park is an amazing site to see and a great stop for all ages.

Chamizal National Memorial

This urban getaway near El Paso, Texas is a tribute to the resolution of the one hundred year war between the United States and Mexico. The manicured landscape is an honorary tribute to the ability to effectively resolve border disputes. The Chamizal National Memorial is rich with history and beauty, and is a must-see when taking in the sites of Texas.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Despite being known as a flat land state, Texas boasts a number of mountain ranges with breathtaking views, and this one includes the four highest peaks in all of Texas. The Guadalupe Mountains National Park near Salt Flat, Texas is a completely unique experience and contains the most well preserved Permian fossil reef anywhere in the world.

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail

This historical national trail winds its way through multiple states, including the border between Texas and Louisiana. More importantly, it covers more than three hundred years of history pertaining to the frontier settlements in America. This trail is believed to have originated from present-day Mexico city and represents original trade routes and mass resettlement.

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

This beautiful lake resort area is found in perhaps the most unlikely place in all of Texas. Fritch is a small community that lies within the barren, ravished high plains of the Texas Panhandle. Yet this popular recreation destination features a natural lake formed as a bypass of the Canadian River and is thought to be the home of earlier civilizations who lived in the canyon coves more than ten thousand years ago.