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3 Texas Attractions Named to Best of USA Travel List

Travel Lemming, an online guide with 10 million readers, ranks 3 Texas attractions on its summer list of 150 best things to do in the USA. Museum of Ice Cream ranks at #47, Galveston Island State Park at #62, and Katy Trail at #71.

Denver (May 16, 2023) – 3 Texas attractions have been named among the 150 best things to do in the United States this summer by Travel Lemming. The annual list aims to help Americans discover unique attractions around the country and emphasizes human-curated recommendations over AI chatbots.

A diverse array of attractions made the article’s Top 10 designation, including a wild animal sanctuary in Colorado, a Bavarian Village in Washington, and the world’s largest musical instrument in Virginia.

Coming in at #47, the article says that the Museum of Ice Cream “is guaranteed to awaken your inner child.” It highlights the history of ice cream, photography-worthy art, unlimited ice cream samples, and an Edible Slime experience as some of the museum’s characteristics.

Travel Lemming writer Jess Levy commented, “Play doesn’t end in childhood. In fact, studies say the importance of play has a variety of adult physical and mental health benefits. The bright pink Museum of Ice Cream is a top way to infuse play back into your life.”

Ranking at #62, the article says that Galveston Island State Park is a “barrier island between the Gulf and the wetlands,” and notes that it’s a “world away from the island’s spring break parties.” It lists lagoons, salt marshes, ocean and coastal creatures, and more than 300 bird species as some of the natural splendors visitors encounter.

The top ten entries on Travel Lemming’s summer list are:

  1. The Wild Animal Sanctuary (Keenesburg, Colorado) – an open air sanctuary home to rescued animals, including 39 tigers once owned by Tiger King’s Joe Exotic and 9 lions airlifted from Ukraine.

  2. Leavenworth (Washington) – a Bavarian-themed town offering a taste of Germany in the Cascade Mountains.

  3. Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada) – a 46,000 acre crimson oasis of desert outcroppings, petroglyphs, and petrified forests.

  4. Pilsen (Chicago, Illinois) – a culturally-rich Latino neighborhood featuring vibrant art, music, and mouthwatering food.

  5. Luray Caverns (Virginia) – a 400 million-year-old network of caverns, home to the biggest musical instrument in the world.

  6. Sensorio (Paso Robles, California) – a whimsical lightshow installation featuring 100,000 stemmed spheres.

  7. New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning (Readington, New Jersey) – a festival featuring 100 colorful hot air balloons from July 28-30.

  8. Brewery Hopping (Asheville, North Carolina) – an everyday activity available in America’s “Beer City.”

  9. Dead Horse Point State Park (Utah) – an overlooked state park featuring 16.6 miles of singletrack mountain biking trails.

  10. Olympia (Washington) – an underrated state capital home to a vibrant artistic community and nearby natural attractions.

The full list of 150 best things to do can be found at:

Meanwhile, the article says that the community-funded Katy Trail “is loved by Dallas locals and visitors alike.” It mentions that the walking and biking path is perfect for all ages, and cites benches, water stations, and restaurants as some of the key features.

Each year, Travel Lemming’s team of two dozen writers and editors handpicks the list, with the goal of highlighting the USA’s many hidden gems.

Abigail Bliss, Editor at Travel Lemming commented: “Many believe that international travel is key to experiencing different cuisines, art, history, and ways of life. But each region of the US emanates a unique culture and is rich in new experiences — which are often more economical and easily accessible.”

“These activities are based on expert travelers’ first-hand human experiences. AI-generated suggestions can’t replace the authentic advice of locals who have eaten at these restaurants, felt the energy of these festivals, and seen America’s magnificence.”

Travel Lemming is an online travel guide with more than 10 million annual readers. It publishes guides written by local and expert travelers who have first-hand experience in destinations across the United States and the world.

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