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Klyde Warren Park featuring night scenes and a fountain

The Lone Star State is like its own nation, packing in plains, mountains, a tropical coastline, historic cities and friendly subcultures within its vast borders.

Make a trip to Texas to explore modern cities and early Western history. With its large area, Texas has a very long coastline, over 600 miles (960 kilometers). The shoreline includes barrier islands protecting the Gulf Coast, perfect for bird-watching. Look for sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins, charter a boat for game fishing, ride a horse over the sand or simply enjoy sunning and swimming at the beaches.

Galveston is an island in the Gulf of Mexico, with plenty of beach and non-beach things to do. Discover what the oil industry is about with hands-on activities at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. Get a map to do a scavenger hunt for over 30 ornate and whimsical tree sculptures located around the island; these were carved from trees killed during 2008’s Hurricane Ike.

Learn about the history of Texas under Spanish, Mexican and Confederate rule at the Alamo in San Antonio. Here a small group of well-known Texans, including Davey Crockett and James Bowie, defended the Alamo from Mexico’s General Santa Anna until they were defeated after a 13-day siege in 1836.

Built from oil money, Houston is a sprawling city with a large and energetic downtown. Select from more than 18 cultural institutions in the Museum District.

Visit Dallas, Texas' largest city, and the Sixth Floor Museum, which chronicles the assassination of President Kennedy. Other renowned attractions in the city include the Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas World Aquarium. Find one of the largest modern art collections in the country in the Modern Art Museum in nearby Fort Worth. Next door is the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Visit the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin to see fascinating memorabilia from the life and presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson. The city hosts the 5-day South by Southwest music festival every year and has become a major global music and media venue.

For backcountry hiking visit Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande. See a fossilized coral reef and the tallest peak in Texas at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Don’t leave the state without having authentic Texas chili. Look for a local cook-off; at least a dozen cities sponsor these events each month.

Popular cities in Texas

Houston featuring a park
Known for Shopping, Business and Sports
Through booms and busts in the oil industry, this Texas city has built and maintained great cultural attractions and diverse culinary experiences.

Reasons to visit

  • Houston Zoo
  • Discovery Green
  • Hermann Park
Dallas showing modern architecture, skyline and a high rise building
Known for Sports, Entertainment and Theaters
This Texas city lives up to its reputation as a spot where big things happen, from arts to professional sports and a downtown cattle drive.

Reasons to visit

  • American Airlines Center
  • Dallas Heritage Village
  • Dallas Museum of Art
Lady Bird Lake showing a city, a lake or waterhole and skyline
Known for Entertainment, Live music and Festivals
One of the new music capitals of the world, this Texas city also has a great presidential library, handsome Capitol building and pretty parks.

Reasons to visit

  • Texas State Capitol
  • Austin Convention Center
  • Frank Erwin Center
Sundance Square featuring a skyscraper
Fort Worth
Known for Sports, Zoo and Gardens
Cowboys and cattle mix with art and culture in this North Texas city with a rich Western heritage.

Reasons to visit

  • AT&T Stadium
  • Six Flags Over Texas
  • Choctaw Stadium
San Antonio Botanical Gardens which includes modern architecture, a garden and a pond
San Antonio
Known for Rivers, Walking and Historical
From the Six Flags Fiesta theme park to bronco-busting rodeos, San Antonio offers plenty of spicy family-style fun.

Reasons to visit

  • Alamodome
Corpus Christi showing a bay or harbor, skyline and a coastal town
Corpus Christi
Known for Beach view, Ports and Fishing
The “Sparkling City by the Sea” embraces families, nature lovers and those wanting to experience the culture of South Texas.