Both the second-largest and second most populous state in the country, Texas is a fascinating place to visit that proudly displays its own distinct history, culture, and identity. While its huge landmass contains a staggering array of different environments, its cities and towns are just as diverse with good food, Southern hospitality and larger-than-life characters guaranteed wherever you go.
Slightly larger in size than France, the Lone Star State lies in the South Central region of the nation alongside the glittering Gulf of Mexico. Besides sharing a long border with its southern neighbor, it is surrounded by New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana with three of its borders being made up of the Rio Grande, Red River, and Sabine River. Within Texas visitors can find not only its famous panhandle and plains but rugged canyons, rolling hills, and even rainforests, with deserts and wine regions also dotted about.
While the awe-inspiring canyons and rock formations of Big Bend National Park certainly make for a stunning sight as does the absolutely enormous Palo Duro Canyon, most visitors to Texas instead head to its three main cities of Austin, Dallas, and Houston. While the former is noted for its exciting live music scene, youthful vibe, and liberal and eccentric attitude, the latter are massive metropolises with fantastic shopping, fine dining, and exhaustive arts and culture scenes.
San Antonio too is also well worth visiting for its picturesque riverside setting, Spanish-era mission buildings, and infamous Alamo while Galveston’s beaches and resorts and Fredericksburg’s German heritage also attract lots of people.