Mt. Pleasant, TX

You may not find any mountains in this Northeast Texas town, but your day trip through is sure to be pleasant… With legendary eats like sushi and cheesecake, a flight history all its own and a beautiful nature park, this is one town that’s full of surprises!

CULTURE

Why did the chicken cross the road? Probably to see the giant Bo Pilgrim head… The famous chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride was actually started in this neck of the woods (Pittsburg, TX to be exact!) and you can visit this towering pilgrim head resembling the company’s founder.

At the Mid America Flight Museum, you’ll find 3 dozen vintage planes owned by collector and pilot Scott Glover…and the best part? Unlike other museums, you’re encouraged to TOUCH these military and commercial planes.

Stop by the Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Museum in an old train depot to discover who Pittsburg locals say really built the first airplane and see the Ezekiel Airship, that allegedly beat the Wright brothers to flight in 1902. Sure, it’s all speculation, but it’s definitely worth figuring out for yourself.

FOOD

The hottest lunch spot in town is also the only place to get sushi in this part of the state. Yes, maybe East Texas sushi sounds like a disaster, but try a few of Round Eye Sushi Guy’s rolls filled with fresh fish and you’ll be hooked! Try the signature Round Eye roll with tuna and salmon or the Texan roll with fried beef, cream cheese and green onion!

For a mid-afternoon snack, head to Laura’s Cheesecake, a hometown bakery so good that it ships all over the country! Try the Texas-shaped Turtle Cheesecake for a tasty trip through the state.

Pittsburg Hot Links serves up a local delicacy that are kind of hard to explain, but are addicting once you try them. These hot links aren’t barbecue and each person has a different way of eating them, but whether you eat them with hot sauce, crackers, chili or cheese, you’ll find that they hit the spot.

OUTDOORS

Head to Lake Bob Sandlin State Park with a variety of outdoor activities to see some of the most beautiful sights in this part of Texas. If you hit it in the fall, you’ll find that the leaves have turned a stunning bright orange and red. In the warmer weather, this park’s great for swimming, and year round it’s an awesome place to mountain bike!

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