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Big Bend National Park, Texas

Kayak the Rio Grande in Texas
As someone born and raised in Austin, Texas I was shocked that West Texas had so much to offer and that I had not visited sooner. The small, but cowboy chic, Terlingua Ghost Town just outside the National Park made a great place for brunch before heading into the park. Eat huevos rancheros or migas at the Starlight Cafe and listen to yodeling on a Sunday afternoon. The National Park offers lovely vistas and at the end of the road is a great short hike to view the Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Grande which divides Texas and Mexico. I wish we had booked a kayak trip ahead of time; the canyon looked so peaceful and mysterious. Also check out trendy Marfa and attend a Star Party at the University of Texas Observatory while you are in the area. (Schedule the visit close to a new moon so you see more in the telescopes!)