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Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Plan Your Adventure

  • Galveston Railroad MuseumGalveston Railroad Museum
  • Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, West ColumbiaVarner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, West Columbia
  • La Belle cannon, Matagorda County Museum, Bay CityLa Belle cannon, Matagorda County Museum, Bay City


Destination Highlights


  • RESURRECTION IN STONE

    Mission Espiritu Santo, or Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuñiga Mission (should you wish to use its full name), was considered one of the most successful missions in Texas. But measuring the...

  • CULTURAL TOUCHSTONE

    Home of the Alamo and the Riverwalk, San Antonio serves as one of the state’s richest cultural touchstones and popular heritage travel destinations. Just how rich? Check out the Institute of Texan...

  • San Jacinto's star-topped obelisk.

    MORE THAN A BATTLEFIELD

    Texas’ battle for independence required a series of bloody conflicts that took place across what we now call the Texas Independence Trail Region. But the final victory would come in a field west of...

Travel Themes


    • El Paso Museum

      TAKE A TRIP TO 1936

      That's when Texas threw itself a party that inspired a visit from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and kicked off heritage tourism throughout the state. 1936 marked perhaps our most important milestone—...

    • Museum of Science & History, Corpus Christi

      17th CENTURY THRILLER

      Early exploration across pre-statehood Texas unravels over the course of several centuries, providing history enthusiasts with real life adventure stories writ large.

      Some of the first...

    • Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio

      A BELL'S NOT A BELL 'TILL YOU RING IT

      When you think of missions in Texas you might imagine benevolent brothers in brown robes ringing bells, or spending hours on end in silent prayer then ministering to the needy. No...