Texas was once part of Mexico, it had a major port, and for a little while it was an independent nation. Texas history is convoluted, the area claimed at some point by France, Spain, Mexico, the USA, and the Confederate army.
The USA is blessed with some amazing national parks that draw visitors from around the world. Some of the most impressive and best-known ones are in a cluster that’s relatively easy to get to, however. You can start in one of