The Texas State Capitol is second in size to only the U.S. Capitol (and actually it's still 7 feet taller than it), and officials gave contractors 3 million acres in the Texas Panhandle (which later became the famous XIT Ranch) in exchange for building it. Overlooking Congress Avenue, it’s a stunning example of 19th-century architecture with its “Sunset Red” pink granite from Marble Falls exterior and incredible rotunda detailing. Don’t miss the legislative and House chambers—not much has changed since the 1880s—or the original flag from the Battle of San Jacinto. Word to the wise: It’s busy all the time here, so prepare for school and group tours of all kinds. The absolute worst time to go is in a legislative year—which happens every two odd-numbered years (the next one is 2011) and generally runs from January until June, unless there’s a special session—and then who knows? Best bet is to call ahead.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM
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