Otherwise known as simply The Lone Star State, Texas is the second largest state in the U.S. and has a distinctly Western and Hispanic mixture of cultures, often referred to as Tex-Mex when it comes to talking about the food. As such a massive state, there is a wide variety of things to see and do, and it is absolutely impossible to do on just one trip. From the great plains and cities like Amarillo and Wichita Falls in the Panhandle region, to Houston and Corpus Christi along the Gulf Coast, to the Dallas and Fort Worth area, there’s a lot to pack into just one state, regardless of how big the area might be.
In terms of cities, pick one. Each city in Texas is distinctly unique, and each has a completely different vibe than any of the other cities in the state. From Austin, home to the University of Texas and known as the Live Music Capital of the World, to the capital of Dallas, to El Paso along the Mexican border, to San Antonio and the Alamo, they all have something unique to offer. And while it's true that most Texans have a larger-than-life attitude, perhaps that comes from the knowledge that their state has so much to offer, and makes the others pale in comparison.
There's plenty of beaches along the Gulf Coast area, or you can strike out into the interior of the country and experience such sites as Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the King Ranch (which is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island, and is the largest working ranch in the U.S.), or Palo Duro Canyon. And the food…well, the food is a blend of Western and Mexican, and depending on which section of the state you are in depends on which style is more prevalent. Either way, if you come to Texas, be prepared to experience a lot of different things in your time, and make sure to prepare for additional trips to see it all.
East Texas has the tall eastern forests. Moving west the land gets progressively arid changing the ecology (smaller trees & Junipers) with far west Texas being a near desert.
Texas is known as the "Lone Star State" cuz it was the independent Republic of Texas for ten years before joining the US union.
Houston, we have a problem… overpopulation, namely, which is forcing the city out of its boundaries and across the surrounding countryside at an ever increasing rate. That does make for mul…
The city of San Antonio, Texas, is so heavily Hispanic that you could almost have drifted across the Mexican border already. In fact, had you come here a few hundred years ago, you would have…
As the corner of Texas where modernity and a sometime tragic history bang their heads, Dallas is an odd mish-mash; an exuberant and bordering on brash city self-branded as ‘The Big D’, an…
A bustling city that manages to give the impression of a tight-knit small town, the ever growing and heat-ridden Texan centre of Austin lives by the motto ‘Keep Austin Weird’, an off-hand…
If two cities were ever more opposite it would be Fort Worth and Dallas, however together they provide the perfect combination of style and arts to please everyone. Fort Worth, also known as…
Irving is a suburb, west of Dallas, and is most famous for being the home of Texas Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play.
Irving has become a powerhouse for industrial business and lower-…
Located in the middle of the Texas panhandle, Amarillo is a popular stop on Historic Route 66.
There's a wide range of activities to offer visitors and many are very family-friendly. Outdo…
El Paso is a city in Texas with a population of more than half a million. It is one of the most important border cities in the world due to the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso crossing everyday. It for…
Corpus Christi sits on the Gulf of Mexico and is the eighth largest city in Texas (pop. around 280,000). The climate is subtropical and you will rarely doubt this because of the constant hot…
Arlington lies directly between Dallas and Ft. Worth and is the home of the amusement parks. Here you will find Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor (formerly Wet n Wild), The Ballpark in …
The city of Galveston on Galveston island, is only about an hour drive south of Houston and is a great place for a quick getaway. Do not expect to find the most gorgeous beaches in the world…
Lubbock is also called the “Hub City”. This is cowboy country where you can actually ride off into the sunset, and yes this is the best place in the world for sunsets. The dust and flat…
Abilene is a nice middle sized city with all services. It is on I 20 halfway between Fort Worth and Midland. What treally made Abilene to grow many years ago was the old cattle drives meeting…
Mention Plano to anyone in the US and the first thing they will say is "isn't that where all the kids do heroin??" Well, there is much more to Plano than that!
It is located about 20 minut…
Tyler is the called the Rose Capital of America. Everything about Tyler is a rose. It is a city seeing large economic booms. The population has grown to over 105000 people in the last couple …
Waco rests midway between Austin and Dallas in McClennan county, and is a pretty community if you can dismiss notions regarding the Branch Davidians. Hilly and rich with trees, the community…
New Braunfels is a German settlement town that has kept many German traditions and festivals close to its heart. There Octoberfest brings people from all over the US. It has been a staple in…
South Padre Island is a town of under 3000 (up 20% since 2000) located between Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Southern Texas in Cameron County. It is not far fr…
Laredo is the nation's largest inland port and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. With 700 of the Fortune 1000 companies doing business in Laredo, the city is ranked four…
Although travelers had passed through and explored South Texas, it wasn't until the 1740's that established settlement began to dot the landscape, mostly on the south side of the Rio Grande.
Beaumont began in 1835 and has grown to a population of over 120,000. Located 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico it boasts a humid subtropical climate. The city has 10 employers with mo…
College Station is most famously the home of Texas A&M and the fightin' Texas Aggies. You won't get very far into the town without being reminded of this everywhere you turn. The incredible…
Longview, Texas is a growing city located in E Texas on I-20. The city really lives up to it's tag line, "Real East Texas Living." This means the people are friendly, the pace a little slower…
Killeen is a medium town with many services located on TX 195 an hour north of Austin.
Humble used to be a small town on FM 1960 that traveled through the countryside. Now Humble is a city with traffic problems especially so close to Houston. There is good shopping in Humble an…
Wichita Falls, Texas is a small "city" with a population of a little above 100,000 people. Wichita Falls offers Sheppard Air Force Base, red draws (beer & tomato juice) and the world famous H…
Fredericksburg is the crown jewel of the many sparkling towns that make up the Texas Hill Country. Founded by German immigrants, Fredericksburg continues to celebrate its heritage with some …
Addison is a city in Dallas County, Texas (USA). The population was 14,166 at the 2000 census. Addison is a northern suburb of Dallas. The city calls itself the Town of Addison but it is inco…
Midland is a medium sized town on I 20 just east of Odessa. There are some services in Midland. It is a good place to stop if you can stand the smell of Hydrogen Chloride from the oil wells.
Grapevine is a city located in Tarrant and Dallas counties. The city is part of the Dallas Fort Worth Statistical Area and its city limits are mostly within the Dallas/Fort Worth Internationa…
Brownsville is a fast growing city of about 180,000 (up 29% since 2000) located at the intersection/southeastern end of US Highways 77, 83 and 281 in Cameron County in the South Texas Plains …
The Spanish were the first non-Indians to reach Tejas, what is now Texas. Their first settlement in Tejas was in Nacogdoches in 1716 with the Mission Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe; making it th…
San Marcos is a medium town and a nice place to stay. They have good shopping and are located on I 35 halfway from San Antonio and Austin. Texas State University is located in San Marcos. Aro…
Richardson is a nice suburb on the north side of Dallas.
Denton is a large town with most services. Denton is just north where I 35E and I 35 W murge together north of Dallas/FW. It was a dry city but its been a long time since I was there. There i…
Fort Stockton is a good layover on the long trip from San Antonio to El Paso on interstate 10. They have fast food and limited shopping. There are some small motels there.
Get supplies and…
Odessa is a small city with most services just west of Midland on Interstate 20. This is ouil country so dont mind if you occasionally get a wiff of hydrogen sufide.
Baytown is a conviently located city at Texas 146 and Texas 225. That new hwy. 146 highrise bridge as long replaced that miserable two lane tunnel. Baytown has good restaurants and hotels. Fr…
San Angelo, Texas has about 88,400 people (104,000 people in the whole area of Tom Green County) which makes it the largest city in Amercia that does not have an interstate freeway within 100…
Mesquite is an eastern suburb of Dallas that is bigger than most people realize. 129,000 people live in the town named after the tree that looks more like a bush. (I can make fun of the nam…
Webster is strategically positioned midway between downtown
Houston and Galveston with Interstate 45, Bay Area Boulevard,
and NASA Parkway as its central corridors. Stationed next door
Kerrville is a convient stop on interstate 10 between Boerne and Junction. They have full services and I dont remember if they only have motels or maybe Hotels.
La Porte was founded in 1889 by French settlers. The name La Porte means "The Door" or "A Gateway" and refers to the town's location at the mouth of what is today known as the Houston Ship Ch…
The woodlands was a special built city for the "country" suberbs. It is a city with all services. The traffic is very high on the very busy interstate 45, a fast commute to Houston.
Katy, with a population of less than 15,000, is located in southeastern Texas.
Forbidden Gardens, an outdoor museum replicating some of China's major historic scenes, including the first E…
Weatherford is a convient stop for gasoline just west of Fort Worth on Interstate 20 on the way to Abilene.
That is a good westbound stop to getting around the crazy Dallas-Fort Worth with…
Stafford is a small town near Sugar Land just SW of Houston.
Harlingen is a town with services on US 77 north of Brownsville.
Victoria is located thirty miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. The city is a regional hub for a seven-county area known as the "Golden Crescent" and serves a retail trade area of over 250,0…
For the outdoorsy; if you like kayaking, sailing, swimming, snorkeling, scubadiving, cave exploring, geology, nature watching, or any other thing you can think of to do outdoors, then consid…