When many people think of living in Texas they envision vast desert terrain and scorching heat waves. While this may be true in some areas, Texas is a very large state and offers many ways in which to beat the heat during the most ferocious warm days.
The topography of Texas is comprised of some vastly different geography along with diverse climates. In the east and southeastern part of the state lies the Gulf Coastal Plain.& Lush mangrove swamps with dense forests dominate this area. As you move across the state, the Coastal Plain transitions into the North Central Plains. The rolling prairie land of the Great Plains spills out in front of you as far as the eye can see. Rugged mountains with winding canyons in West Texas are home to flowering desert plants and a vibrant animal population.
As you can see, with all these different landscapes, Texas offers you many escapes to the summer heat. Below is a list of some of the best ways to enjoy the Texas landscape while keeping your cool.
- Visit one of the many lakes located throughout the state, such as Lake Lewisville.& Lewisville is one of the largest lakes in north Texas and has over 220 miles of shoreline to host your afternoon festivities.& The lake offers ample space for recreational boating, swimming, and water skiing. If you want a more laid-back day, Lewisville provides fantastic fishing for White crappie, White bass, and even Largemouth Bass. Additionally, surrounding the lake are family friendly hiking trails and picnic areas. Everything your family needs to make an entire day trip out on the water.
- Need to walk off a few extra pounds you put on in the winter months? Texas is full of adventurous trails, ranging from easy to very strenuous. A perfect location to beat the heat is to head up into the high country at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This mountain retreat from the heat is located in west Texas and is home to the highest peak in the state, Guadalupe peak. At an altitude of 8,749 feet, it is sure to take your breath away. The park is full archaeological remains and history dating back over 10,000 years.& The park is a wonderful place to go to bag the highest mountain or check out the history and ecology of the area.
A second amazing hiking option is located in the far Southwestern corner of the state in Big Bend National Park. This is considered one of, if not the most, famous hiking trails in Texas. Aside from the unimaginable views of the Sierra Quemada badlands and Rio Grande, the Chisos Mountains offer something no other place in America can. In July the annual migration of Monarch Butterfly’s headed north for the summer move through this region. The migrating butterflies are so dense that they create a cloud in the sky as they move overhead; truly one of nature’s miracles available to you in Texas.
- You have been up north and out west, and now are looking for more of a southern escape to beat the heat. Well look no further then heading down to the Gulf of Mexico. The coast offers many options for both those looking to lounge and the adventure seekers. Texas delivers great surf conditions up and down the coast. Up north you can hit up spots like Galveston (G Town to the locals), Surfside, and Matagorda. A bit more south and you can find your way to the Padre Island National Seashore to collect seashells while mingling with a variety of coastal wildlife. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, as Padre Island is the most crucial nesting beach in the US for the Atlantic ridley sea turtle. In South Texas, be prepared for a blast at the beach.
How to stay Cool in Texas This Summer
Texas offers many ways to stay cool outdoors this summer. However, if indoor activities or parks are more your speed, Texas has some of the very best options available. You can visit world-class water parks like the Schlitterbahn Waterpark or stroll through downtown Austin and hit up the night art walks. The options are endless.
Texas is a cool place to be no matter where you are in the state or what time of year it is. To learn more about moving to Texas and houses for sale in Fort Worth TX or Prosper Texas real estate for sale contact Texas experts Dutch and Cheryl Wiemeyer, Realtors® with Keller Williams Realty, at texasliving.com, to get your move on today.