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Port Arthur

Cajun flavor, dramatic history and natural beauty come together in Port Arthur. Set on the shores of Sabine Lake—a 90,000-acre salt water estuary on the Texas-Louisiana border—Port Arthur is known for its outdoor offerings, cuisine and culture.

Visitors can spend the day fishing on the lake, birding at Sabine Woods or exploring Sea Rim State Park—five miles of natural beach where the Gulf of Mexico meets the marsh. Take a walk on the Gambusia Nature Trail Boardwalk, which winds through grasses, gators and birding hot spots, or rent a kayak and paddle through the Marsh Unit.

Canoeing at Sea Rim State Park in Port Arthur, TX

Janis Joplin fans will want to pay a visit to The Museum of the Gulf Coast, where a replica of the singer’s psychedelic Porsche and original paintings are on display. Pick up a brochure that outlines places the Port Arthur native frequented during her time in the city, including her childhood home. Beyond Janis, the museum also features exhibits of local personalities such as the Big Bopper, Coach Jimmy Johnson and famed artist Robert Rauschenberg along with coastal historic archives.

Finally, visitors can celebrate the city’s diverse faith and culture along the Faith Trail, from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Queen of Vietnam  Catholic Church & Queen of Peace Shrine and Gardens. Finish the exploration with a cup of green tea, as monks guide you through bamboo and lotus gardens at Buu Mon Buddhist Temple & Lotus Gardens.