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    Scenic Routes

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  • The Upper Coast (Northeast)
  • Bolivar Peninsula & Galveston Area
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  • The Southern (Lower) Coast (Mexico Border Region)

    The Upper Coastal Region (Northeast/Louisiana Border Area):
    Key to Ratings: 1-5 stars with 5 being "must see." The + indicates a personal favorite.

  • From the Beaumont and Port Arthur area , Hwy. 87 hugs a remote and relatively undeveloped stretch of beach. Sea Rim State Park (+*****) has both full hookup camping and camping on the beach. The nearest town is Sabine Pass, and it's a nifty little town with everything you need. Take time to do some birding in the area including at McFaddin and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges. See our Trip Report from January, 1999. Also, take time to visit the Sabine Pass Battleground.

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    The Bolivar Peninsula Area
    Key to Ratings: 1-5 stars with 5 being "must see." The + indicates a personal favorite.

    The Crystal Beach/Gilchrist/High Island/Bolivar Peninsula Area is the location of Rollover Pass, a favorite of fisherman but often crowded. Fishing piers, birdwatching areas such as
    Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge provide additional activities. Continue along the Bolivar Peninsula and the free ferry to Galveston. Galveston is, of course, touristy. But, it's still fun with the souvenir shops, historic Strand District, and Galveston State Park (+****)- note damaged by hurricane. Check for current situation. Visitors will also want to check out Moody Gardens - also damaged by the hurricane.

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    Houston Area
    Key to Ratings: 1-5 stars with 5 being "must see." The + indicates a personal favorite.

    If you like the really big cities, head just to the north to Houston and the surrounding area. Houston has many entertainment opportunities and numerous internet sites to provide information including these:

    Coastal Bend Region:
    Key to Ratings: 1-5 stars with 5 being "must see." The + indicates a personal favorite.

    Continue to the Southwest where near Freeport are three national wildlife refuges. Just to the north, Brazos Bend State Park is located off the coast in a lush environment. Also see Brazoria County Museum.

    Further to the south and west, you will find the Matagorda Area. Matagorda features access to miles of beach and basic services including an excellent restaurant, the Sea Breeze, and great souvenir shop with low prices. To the west, the charming fishing town of Palacios is on Hwy. 35. Palacios has lodging, private campgrounds, fishing services, seawall walk, and public piers (see photo) with lights. If you want a quiet hideaway, this is the place for you. (See our Trip Report.) Palacios is known as the "shrimp capital of the world" and is part of the Texas Birding Trail. From Palacios, you might want to explore Port Lavaca where you will also find a state fishing pier. You might want to explore Calhoun County. At Port O'Connor, you can catch the ferry to the remote and undeveloped Matagorda Island State Park. Take a side trip south on Hwy. 185 to a tranquil area of the coast, Seadrift before heading to Aransas Pass National Wildlife Refuge(+*****/no camping) deserves your attention. Home of the whooping crane in winter, this park features trails and lots of wildlife. The drive through the park takes at least an hour ($5 per car) if you roar through without stopping. Also check out the Colorado River Trail with its trailhead near Matagorda or

    Continue to the Fulton Beach/Rockport area where you will find
    Goose Island State Park (+****1/2 - but this is a place mostly for fishing; great pier; oyster shell beach, not good for swimmers) and another state fishing pier that spans most of Copano Bay. Also in Fulton Beach, check out Fulton Beach Mansion, a state historical site (****). You will also want to take time to eat. Several restaurants are located on the beach road including the most well-known, Charlotte Plummers, that we find somewhat overrated. We like Sandollars and a Vietnamese restaurant, Hu Dat's. While they offer other fare, their Vietnamese meals are inexpensive and delicious! Or, buy your own fresh seafood at one of the shops on the bay. Small motels and RV parts appear regularly only the beach road from Fulton Beach on to Rockport. (See our Trip Report.) Even further down the road, take the free ferry at Aransas Pass to Port Aransas and Mustang Island (***1/2). Port Aransas is a wonderful little town with shops and restaurants to suit every taste. At the same time, it's not so big as to be overwhelming. We loved our visit. You can also go to Padre Island National Seashore from here, but the debris was very bad during our last journey. See our Trip Report from May, 1999.

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    Southern or Lower Coast (Mexico Border Region)
    Key to Ratings: 1-5 stars with 5 being "must see." The + indicates a personal favorite.

    The Corpus Christi and Brownsville Region is further to the south and west. Lake Corpus Christi State Park (***) is worth seeing just for the flocks of white tailed dove. And, almost everyone goes to Padre Island National Seashore (****/north end) or South Padre Island at least once in a lifetime. But, beware that Padre is one of the "hot" spring break spots, and you may want to avoid it in March. Brownsville is on the border across from Matamoras for your shopping pleasure.

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