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One Tank Trip for South Texas Camping

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Southern Texas is made up of more level terrain, broken up by mesquite and brush. Compared to Northern Texas, this region has a much flatter landscape, but there is nothing “plain” about this region! It is rich in history and culture, with enough sights and experiences that will entice and intrigue you throughout your visit.

We begin our one tank trip in stunning Corpus Christi. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, visitors here will be swept away by the incredible ocean views, and the never-ending number of water sports offered in the area. Swimming, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and just some plain old relaxing on the beach are just a few of the exciting activities this fabulous city has to offer. It's here where visitors will also find the USS Lexington. Once you step foot on this historic vessel, you're in for an amazing experience and an adventure around every corner. If you think you have what it takes to handle the USS Lexington, the virtual battle stations will test your wits and your reflexes! When you're done shooting down enemy planes, pay a visit to Padre Island National Seashore, the largest remaining natural barrier island in the world. One of Corpus Christi's most striking attractions, the Seashore covers 130,000 acres and is home to sea turtles, and is a paradise for avid birdwatchers. There is no place better to experience the beauty and charm of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Our next Southern Texas RV camping stop is Portland. Traveling on US-181 N you'll notice the stunning waters of the Nueces Bay on your left, and the equally beautiful Corpus Christi Bay to your right. What a view! Due to its location on two bays, Portland is a playground for water sport enthusiasts. Fishing, boating, sailing, swimming and skiing are just of the few things this town has to offer. A beautiful 333-acre public park, called Sunset Lake, provides an ecologically rich wetland combined with a saltwater lake; the perfect place to have some fun! The lake, and its marshlands provide nesting grounds for several migratory birds. On the out-skirts of Portland, travelers will find the Fred Jones Sanctuary, a hidden treasure and a rich protected area. This sanctuary is one of many hot spots in the area for the birding enthusiast.

Heading out on TX-35 E, will bring us to Aransas Pass. A stunning and laid-back town, Aransas Pass is named for the pass between Mustang and St. Joseph islands. There is some great fishing to be had in this area, so bring the poles! Of the more than 700 different species of birds in North America, the coast of Texas is visited by 500, making it a perfect place for birders. With three viewing spots on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and the largest outdoor hummingbird garden in the whole state, this area is a must see for birding enthusiasts, or just the bird curious. If a little culture is what you're seeking, Aransas Pass has some of that, too. In town, you can find some superb restaurants, theater productions, and art displays. With an average temperature in the 70s year-round, there is no bad time to come for a visit.

The last Southern Texas RV camping stop on our one tank trip is a short drive on TX-361 S across beautiful Redfish Bay to Port Aransas. Outstanding dining, nightlife, great shopping, mixed with opportunities for anglers, birders and beachcombers, makes this city a top destination for visitors. Deep-sea fishing is big here, and the waters are teeming with red snapper, king, pompano, and several others worth playing tug of war with. Due to its location in the heart of the spring and fall migrations, nearby Mustang Island has one of the highest bird counts on the Gulf. With four sites on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, it's a must see for all birders. It's here that you can also experience some coastal cuisine at its finest. You won't leave hungry, that's for sure!

Texas is full of all sorts of surprises, and this area is definitely one of them. The beautiful waters of the Gulf combined with mild temperatures, gentle breezes and a wealth of beauty as far as the eye can see make it easy to see why the travelers who have discovered it want to keep it a secret. But, didn't hear that from me!

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