While it’s much smaller than Dallas or Houston, Waco has held its own as a historic Lone Star State city throughout the years. It’s greatest claim to fame is perhaps that Dr. Pepper was invented in the city’s Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store, an honor memorialized at the Dr. Pepper Museum. Walk through to see exhibits on the cola’s history before stopping by the soda fountain for a float. Drive ten minutes to the Brazos Bluff Ranch to canoe and horseback ride along the Brazos River; also keep an eye out for the property’s white tailed deer and wild turkeys. Archeologists in training should also visit the Waco Mammoth Site where bones of a Columbian mammoth, which roamed the earth during the Pleistocene Epoch (2.5 million to 10,000 years ago), were first excavated in 1978.