Welcome to Texas. Everything is bigger and better here, even the history! Come explore the thousands of historical, cultural, and natural treasures in the Lone Star State. We want to enrich your life through history, one visit at a time.

Texas Heritage Travel Guide & Mobile Tours

Statewide guide cover and mobile appExperience the vastness and wonder of the Lone Star State with the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Heritage Travel Guide and Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Highlighting historic destinations that tell the real stories of Texas, use these resources on your next adventure and immerse yourself in the captivating story of Texas.

Texas Heritage Travel Guide – Download the free statewide guide (PDF) and map (PDF), or request a printed copy.

Texas Time Travel Tours – View the mobile tours on the web or download the app to your iOS or Android device.

THC Historic Sites in Texas

Heritage tourists can learn more about the rich Texas history and experience real places and stories at one of the Texas Historical Commission (THC)’s historic sites.

From whitewashed ruins and Victorian mansions to sacred burial mounds and pivotal battlegrounds, the THC state historic sites exemplify a breadth of Texas history. View the 20 historic sites listed below or explore them on a map to learn more. For a quick guide, download the Set Your Sites on History brochure (PDF). 

Check out the rental facilities available at some historic sites for your weddings or special events.

Texas Heritage Trails

Texas Heritage Trails logo

The THC's award-winning heritage tourism initiative, the Texas Heritage Trails Program, encourages communities, heritage regions, and the state to partner and promote Texas' historic and cultural resources. These successful local preservation efforts increase visitation to cultural and historic sites, bring more dollars to Texas communities, and preserves the state's historic resources for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of future generations.

Get the Guides!

Order print copies of the regional travel guides and thematic travel guides here.
Download PDFs of the travel guides here.

More about the Texas Heritage Trails Program

More Travel Destinations

The Texas Historical Commission, the state agency for historic preservation, administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical, and cultural resources of Texas.

Texas Courthouses

Tulips bloom in front of the Denton County Courthouse

Texas has the largest and most diverse collection of county courthouses in the nation. The nationally recognized Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program is in the process of restoring the state’s most treasured historic landmarks.

More about the Texas Courthouses

Travel Themes

The Texas Historical Commission is a leader in implementing and promoting heritage tourism efforts in Texas. Enrich your life through real places that tell the real stories, one theme at a time.

Learn more about travel themes

First Lady's Texas Treasures

Texas First Lady and honorary chair Anita Perry, in partnership with the THC, is recognizing communities that have shown a high level of creativity and ingenuity in preserving their authentic Texas sense of place.

  • Paris (2013)
  • San Angelo (2012)
  • Brownsville (2011)
  • Nacogdoches (2010)
  • San Marcos (2010)
  • Waxahachie (2010)
  • Castroville (2009)
  • Georgetown (2009)
  • Mount Vernon (2009)

Learn more about the award program

Main Street Cities

Visitors can stroll the sidewalks and peruse shops in one of the region’s Texas Main Street cities. Partnering with the THC, each community works to revitalize its historic commercial area, often the heart of a town.

Learn more about the Main Street program