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Normally we do not Snowbird, living in Pensacola Fl it is not necessary. We want to do two weeks in Southeast Texas, down as far as McAllen and Laredo. Will there be any or many problems finding camping spots, we have no reservations, and are there enough tourist sights to make it a good trip? We plan to leave Dec 20. Ant suggestions about traveling without reservations to this area?

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Campgrounds are pretty scarce in that area but RV parks are everywhere you point. MOST of them will have vacancies this season. If you have a particular park or a specific site you are wanting reservations might be a good idea but just to find a nice place to stay it should not be necessary.
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From McAllen to Mission, the only tourist sites seem to have to do with shopping and dining. The one exception to this is the State Park in Mission, and this is primarily for bird watchers. From Mission to Laredo, there is not much to see at all except for Falcon Lake State Park, but check with the rangers before you go off exploring. The last time we were there we were advised by them to avoid remote areas due to border violence incidents. Laredo itself is not a pretty town, so nothing to direct you to there. However, you won't have any problems finding RV parks along that route. There are plenty. As you will notice, we didn't like that area of Texas at all, but love the rest of it.
If you're into history, try San Antonio and the Goliad area. If you like hills, streams and generally nice scenery, try the Hill Country around Fredricksburg and Kerrville. The National Seashore outside Corpus Christi is beautiful, but you're probably used to beaches, being from Florida. If you want to go a bit further west, rather than south, try Big Bend National Park. Mountains surrounded by desert, beautiful area, and very interesting history. You'll need reservations in this area, however.

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Born in Harlingen, growing up down there, it was always just called South Texas. [emoticon] Ha! What is the RGV?

Southeast Texas, in my mind, would maybe be Houston Area. Maybe as far down as Corpus Christi. But they called it the Coastal Bend of Texas, I believe. Texas, It's a Whole Other Country!

It seems what you are asking about is the Gulf Coast of Texas.

[emoticon] Here's what I remember from long ago: RGV Sites & Sights. Maybe something in it will be of help.

The Mission Area of South Texas, the RGV.

The large city of Brownsville at the Tip of Texas; and Ditto.

My hometown, Harlingen.

Now a fairly large city, in the Upper Valley, McAllen.

Up by Falcon Lake, Zapata , on the way to Laredo.

The beach town of South Padre Island and nearby village of Port Isabel.

Should find plenty of Golfing in the RGV.......Valley Golf.

The San Antonio Area & the Texas Hill Country have a lot to offer.

West of Victoria, Goliad State Park would be worth a visit; located by Goliad with a nice campground on the San Antonio River. (a lot of Texas History in this area, some from same time as the famous Alamo fight) Been to it and would go back. Several Sites in the area to check out, such as the Mission Espiritu Santo, Presidio La Bahia & Mexican General Ignacio Seguín Zaragoza Monument and the Colonel Fannin Memorial.

Rockport is about an hour & a half away from Victoria with Corpus Christi not far from there. The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is not far north of Rockport as well. I never have made it to the Refuge, but have been to the Rockport/Corpus Christi Area and enjoyed the Sites & Sights. In Corpus, the Bay Loop would be neat to do. Shoreline Blvd and Ocean Dr. have neat vistas.

Not far from Corpus, I have never make a stop at the famous King Ranch headquarters, but have heard it is neat to do. It is by Kingsville, of course, on the way to the RGV using US 77, Southwest of Corpus.

If you go to Laredo, be careful, it has always been a little violent across the border there. Not much to see as far as I remember there, nor places to stay.

Here's a little more info on Texas, but some will be repeat of what was given above.

Being from Florida, you guys will not be Snowbirds, but 'Turistas'....or maybe Winter Texans.

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Fredericksburg is a nice little town. WWII museum, german food!! KOA outside of town was ok. LBJ Ranch nearby. Lots of wineries. Kerrville TX has a great RV Resort. Buchanan Lake RV Park.

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Wow DesertHawk, great list and descriptions, and very accurate. A lot of good info. I've been to all of the mentioned places, and have fond memories. But that was a few years ago when travel across the border was safe. It's quite different today.


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Please dont be calling Corpus, southeast texas. That ends at Alice and runs to Beaumont.

If you do go to Laredo, stay way awway from Boys Town.

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Thanks for all the good information received. I will be careful around the border. Sorry not to know where Southeast Texas is. Have a good Holiday Season.

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May I qualify, as a student of TX history since the late 40's.
TX has seven different climate ranges which are normally referred to by region rather than compass type directions. i.e Hill Country, Trans Pecos, Panhandle Plains, Lakes and Prairies, etc.

Specifically, SE Texas is normally considered that area from Galveston to Houston, north north east up US59 to Livingston over to the Sabine River/Toledo Bend area. Then south along the Sabine River to Sabine Pass at the Gulf of Mexico.

Where the confusion comes in, is that it's also a major portion of what is referred to as the "Gulf Coast" Region. The above area mentioned is also in a part of what is referred to as the "Lakes and Prairies" area.

Depending on where an individual lives, he/she may refer to their area as "X" and their neighbors across the road will call it "Y".
But whatever they call it, it's still TEXAS. And, it's a fer peice from Sabine Pass to Corpus down to Boca Chica Is. south of Port Isabel.


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