The Alamo at night, lit up, image used for Robert Peters blog about historic sites in Texas

Texas is a huge state that’s home to many incredible historic landmarks. This state has a rich history that’s gone on for centuries, even before it was known as “Texas.” Some people think of Texas as merely desert, but that’s far from the truth. The state has endless amounts of natural beauty, often right next to historic sites that helped decide the future of the Texan people and influenced the country as a whole. While there are many more historic sites to see than these few, these places are definitely some you should check out when you visit Texas.

The Alamo

First on this list because it’s likely the best known, the Alamo is a common name when discussing American history, even though not everyone may know exactly what happened here. “Remember the Alamo!” is an oft repeated phrase, referencing the historic, and horrific, battle that took place at this site. The Alamo was a fight between less than 200 American soldiers fighting for autonomy for Texas from Mexico. Though the soldiers were greatly outnumbered, they displayed extreme bravery and included notable historic figures, such as Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. A 13 day siege occurred during the Texas Revolution of 1836 and remains etched in the minds of Texans.

Point Isabel Lighthouse

Not many people would think of Texas as a place to see lighthouses, but the Point Isabel Lighthouse is stunning. Port Isabel is one of the oldest towns in Texas and was used to direct sailors into the 1900s. Now, the lighthouse and area around it are part of the extensive Texas State Park system.

Texas State Capitol

Located in Austin and built in 1888, the Texas State Capitol is now recognized as a national landmark. People can visit the Capitol on a daily basis and see beautiful architecture while also getting an inside look at the Texan government.

San Antonio Missions

In San Antonio, you can visit the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. In this park are Missions San Jose, San Juan, Espada, and Concepcion which were built during the 17th-19th centuries. The Alamo is actually the oldest of the San Antonio missions, but has achieved fame for the battle fought there. Visiting these missions will let you learn a lot about Spanish and Indian history, in addition to that of Texas.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Texas School Book Depository is the site that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy. Oswald shot JFK from the sixth floor on November 22, 1963. Now, visitors can tour the building, which has been converted into a museum dedicated to JFK’s life and presidency.

San Jacinto Battlefield

For Texans, this site is one of the most popular in the entire state. The San Jacinto Battlefield is the location where Texas officially gained its independence. There is now the San Jacinto Monument and Museum on the site of the battlefield that visitors can see and learn more about the battle and Texan history.