Top 10 Things to Do in Alpine

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Alpine and Sul Ross State University nestled in a valley between the Glass and Davis Mountains
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The Big Bend. The Trans-Pecos. Far West Texas – whatever you call this sprawling, wide-open landscape that I prefer referring to as Mythic Texas, its undisputed capital is Alpine. Actually, Alpine is the county seat of Brewster County, which is bigger than Connecticut and three times the size of Delaware, if you want to get technical about it. It’s also the biggest town (pop. 6,054) in the region, the Big Bend’s Amtrak train stop, the home of the region’s institute of higher learning, Sul Ross State University, and the jumping-off point for Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. Throw in a backdrop of high desert mountains, a climate that makes it the very best place in Texas to pass the summer, with warm days, afternoon summer monsoon showers, and nights cool enough for sweaters, and all you need is a little bit of Want-To. It’s not called Alpine for nothing.

Whether passing through or investing a longer hang, here are my Top Ten To-Dos to dive into this very special place. 

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  1. No. 1 First things first. Exhale.
  2. No. 2 Go Cowboys.
  3. No. 3 Go Cowboy.
  4. No. 4 Tour the Museum of the Big Bend
  5. No. 5 Walk downtown Alpine.
  6. No. 6 Go Mural.
  7. No. 7 Eat, drink, and soak up the nightlife.
  8. No. 8 Hike Hancock Hill
  9. No. 9 Experience the Theatre of the Big Bend.
  10. No. 10 Drive and see the neighborhood

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