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Plan Your Texas Time Travel

Plan Your Future Trip to Texas' Past

For now, we’re all stuck at home dreaming about getting out and seeing the world. Our normal lives are disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new normal means hunkering down and trying to make the best of it. But one day…

One day, we’re going to feel safe to venture out and explore, hit the road, and check off our bucket lists. One day, after this period of social distancing and isolation, these familiar processes will return to our lives.

So we’ve got something to look forward to! Life will normalize, and we’ll be able to live out our travel fantasies—if we plan for them now. Take this time to dream up and thoroughly research your ultimate Texas heritage travel trip.

Want Some Inspiration?

If you’d like inspirational planning tools to create your ultimate Texas Time Travel itinerary, we offer several free resources about Texas heritage travel:

Mobile Tours and Travel Guides—Engage with immersive audio tours, watch short documentary videos, view photo galleries of historic images, explore maps, and access visitor information to plan a future trip. Themes include the Texas Revolution, Chisholm Trail, World Wars I and II, African Americans in Texas, Hispanic Texans, and German Texans.

Heritage Travel Theme Pages—Thousands of historic sites across Texas are organized by 14 theme webpages, each with many more related theme pages. Delve into the topics and places, with maps, photos, and more. Themes include architecture, historic cattle trails and cowboy culture, cultural heritage, historic downtowns, military history, Texas frontier, Texas industry, and more.

Heritage Travel Articles—A full library of posts where readers can experience Texas travel and history. Hop on board the tall ship Elissa in Galveston, take a tour of historic downtown Brownsville, or discover Czech and German heritage in Fayette County.

THC State Historic Sites—The Texas Historical Commission preserves and operates 31 historic sites across the Lone Star State. From American Indian sites to frontier forts to common and elegant homes and the leaders and statesmen who lived in them, these sites enrich peoples’ lives through history. Explore online educational resources.

Texas Historical Commission YouTube Channel—Featuring scores of heritage travel videos for more in-depth looks at the real stories behind Texas history. Learn about the Vaqueros of South Texas, Speaking German Texan, the Official Longhorn Herd of Texas, and much more.

Main Street Communities—The Texas Main Street Program is a network of communities that focus on revitalizing their historic downtowns. When the state and country open up again, people will want to shore up local communities by traveling nearby and shopping at small businesses. Learn about the 90 designated Main Street cities and discover Texas Treasure Business Award recipients, businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years.

Texas Historic Sites Atlas—Database featuring more than 300,000 site records, including information on Official Texas Historical Markers and National Register of Historic Places properties in Texas. Also included are cemeteries, courthouses, and museums across the state. Search by keyword, county, address, historic designation, or site name to get instant access to detailed descriptions, historic photographs, and interactive maps.

Heritage Travel Partner Resources—Several of our partners also have similar inspiring materials to help plan your future heritage travel.

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