In a recent list conducted by National Geographic – ever heard of it? – the publication named Texas’s own Big Bend National Park as one of the most breathtaking places and experiences to visit in 2023.
As the largest expanse of roadless public lands in the state, Big Bend is the mecca for Texas wanderlust. The National Park is home to over 150 miles of canyons, dessert, and scenic mountain trails. Its rugged landscape perfectly representative of the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem is populated with a wonderful variety of plants, cactus, and diverse wildlife.
Recently, National Geographic named the park on its list of “25 Breathtaking Places and Experiences for 2023”:
“Big Bend National Park brings to life the frontier legend of Texas—but the landscape will also surprise you,” the publication writes.
“The mythic Texas that resides in the world’s collective imagination—an undomesticated, cactus-strewn moonscape of sturdy-hearted cowboys—is manifest in Big Bend country like nowhere else. It’s also fair to say that the Chihuahuan Desert breeds unorthodox behavior. Big Bend devotees regard this as a highlight rather than a drawback.”
It was also named the second best place to stargaze in the country due to the virtual absence of light pollution in the area.
While no reservation is required, officials encourage checking the website beforehand to be updated on various trail closures. At this moment, the Chisos Basin and Trails, as well as the Hot Springs are presently closed. But visitors can still embark on a multitude of hikes, as well a river rafting adventure – whatever floats your boat!
Other destinations named on the list include Alberta, Ghana, Botswana, Milwaukee, Slovenia, Azores, Busan, Appian Way in Italy, among others.