Who needs expensive air fare to see the world when you can just hop in the car? Here in Texas, you can find a dozen towns with international names. We even have a planet!
Though a mere ghost town now, you can still say you've visited Ireland. Located near Gatesville in the Texas Brazos Trail Region, Ireland was named for Texas Governor John Ireland. Its population peaked in the 400s in the 1920s and was home to churches, general stores, and a bank.
The Texas Forest Trail Region is home to four international towns - Athens, China, New London, and Palestine. From outdoor activities to a bustling downtown, Athens has lots to see and do. New London, though known for the tragic explosion that killed 311 school children, is still a lovely town to visit. Palestine is a Texas Main Street City and is known for the annual Texas Dogwood Trails Festival in March.
Dublin, in the Texas Forts Trail Region, is most famously known for its Dublin Bottling Works. But it also boasts a rich history and lots of local treasures.
Egypt is a small agricultural community in the Texas Independence Trail Region, and is located near Wharton. Originally called Mercer's Crossing, people began referring to it as Egypt after a severe drought decimated the corn crops.
The Texas Lakes Trail Region is home to two of our international towns - Italy and Paris. Italy, located near Waxahachie, is known as the "biggest little town in Texas". It was named by a settler who had visited the country. Paris is a Texas Main Street city and features a beautifully restored courthouse in the town square. And one very distinctive landmark - the Eiffel Tower!