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The Alamo - Shed a patriotic tear at San Antonio's Alamo, the mission-fort where American volunteers were wiped out by Mexican forces in 1836 - and if you feel cheeky, ask for the "basement" as Pee-Wee Herman did in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure . Starlight Theater - Enjoy the stars - in the sky and on stage - in this glorious desert bar in the tiny West Texas ghost town of Terlingua. The Menil Collection - Houston's premier gallery has a magnificent collection of ancient and modern artworks, plus the sombre Rothko Chapel. The Sixth Floor Museum - Dallas' Sixth Floor Museum is in the very building from which Oswald (allegedly) shot JFK and can't help but be affecting, with views overlooking infamous Dealey Plaza. Padre Island National Seashore - Despite encroaching condos, Padre Island National Seashore, on Texas's Gulf Coast, is still an excellent spot for bird-watching, beachcombing and camping. Austin Music - Austin hosts the famous South by Southwest Music Festival in March, when bands from Texas and around the world come to town, but you can experience the "Austin sound" year-round at countless music venues, such as the alternatively inflected Emo's , and the hot blues joint Antone's . Johnson Space Center - Explore Houston's Johnson Space Center, where you can eat lunch with astronauts at the employee cafeteria, eye the disturbingly low-tech-looking rockets of missions past, and get your hands on countless interactive exhibits. The River Walk - Texas offers few more romantic experiences than a riverside stroll through the heart of San Antonio. Rafting the Santa Elena Canyon - The Rio Grande rushes through this narrow gorge in remote Big Bend National Park. The Stockyards - Watch a cattle drive, or tuck into a colossal steak in this cowboy heaven.