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Texas' Hidden Gems: Big Bend and Midland

Welcome to God's country! Explore the natural beauty of Big Bend National Park, go stargazing at McDonald Observatory and visit Midland, TX, to see the childhood home of US President George W. Bush.

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McDonald Observatory

Every year, approximately 60,000 visitors visit the McDonald Observatory, located 140 miles northwest of Big Bend National Park. Attend a fun “star party” at night or take a guided tour during the day for a solar viewing, plus explore the exhibits and see the 362-inch Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the observatory’s largest telescope.

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