City Sightseeing San Antonio111 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Open-top double-decker hop-on/hop-off bus tours of downtown. Worth doing once at least. I’d recommend this as something to do on the first day or so if you get into town and want a high-level pass at what is around downtown. I’ve never taken one of these tours, but they are very popular. The pickup spot is located next to the Alamo and Rivercenter Mall. They have combo packs available offering access to additional attractions downtown.

Franklin Mountain West Overlook 1TX-375 Loop, El Paso, TX 79912
Super great view of part of El Paso. You can also see into Mexico. And the lights look really nice at night. However, the elevation to drive here increases rapidly and it is very windy up here. But, it is a no-frills overlook, so take whatever you need and prepare accordingly. Also, the drivers on the road are very experienced. They will drive fast and pressure you to drive faster.

Harbor BridgeHarbor Bridge, Corpus Christi, TX 78402
There is a new bridge being built, but the old bridge has a great view of the ocean and pretty LED colors at night. Please check first before you plan on walking the bridge. It might not always be available.

River Toursmultiple locations
A must-do if you spend time in San Antonio. A good activity to bring almost all people. Just be aware you’ll be on a boat with a lot of people when the tourists are in town. I usually recommend that people take a tour during the day and then another time at night as both are different experiences. During the Christmas holidays, the Riverwalk is decorated in a lot of lights – so I definitely recommend the night cruises during that time. There is a short loop that goes around downtown. Sometimes there is a longer loop that will bring you through the Lock & Dam and onto the Pearl. I’d recommend doing the longer loop if it is available and you have the time and patience. However, little kids with short attention spans might lose interest on the longer loop. Please check ticket prices and availability before venturing out to do any of the cruises. In the summer, please be aware of the heat and schedule/dress accordingly.

Sam Houston Boat Tour7300 Clinton Dr, Houston, TX 77020
This is one of my favorite things to do in Houston. I believe they require advance reservations in order to do a background check prior to boarding. So please plan accordingly. Also, please check on whether the tour is even offered due to current events. But that being said, it’s a great boat tour of the port in Houston with the massive cargo ships.

Tower of the Americas739 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205
The tallest man-made point in the city. Ride the elevator up for a huge view of the city. This is a tourist-trap so the ticket prices will not be cheap. But it’s one of those one-time must-do things. There is a rotating restaurant at the top of the tower.

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