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TexasUnited States of America

Dallas showing modern architecture, skyline and a high rise building

The largest continental U.S. state does everything large: big oil, big music, big beaches, big history.

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

Discovery Green showing a high rise building, a garden and street scenes
Known for Shopping, Sports and Theaters
Known for its beef, oil and gas industry, ‘H Town’ buzzes with creative energy too. Ballet and theater happily coexist with rodeos and gridiron. 

Reasons to visit

  • Westheimer Rd
  • Houston Zoo
  • Discovery Green
Dallas showing modern architecture, skyline and a high rise building
Known for Shopping, Sports 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
  • Sixth Floor Museum
Lady Bird Lake showing a city, a lake or waterhole and skyline
Known for Seafood, Sports and Universities
The good life rides high in the saddle in Music City, where tattooed artists, foodies and celebrities come to check out what’s new.

Reasons to visit

  • Lady Bird Lake
  • South Congress Avenue
  • Sixth Street
San Antonio Botanical Gardens which includes modern architecture, a garden and a pond
San Antonio
Known for Walking, Seafood and Shopping
From the Six Flags Fiesta theme park to bronco-busting rodeos, San Antonio offers plenty of spicy family-style fun.

Reasons to visit

  • San Antonio River
  • Joint Base San Antonio
  • North Star Mall
Sundance Square featuring a skyscraper
Fort Worth
Known for Family-Friendly, Sports and Zoo
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
  • Globe Life Park in Arlington
Galveston which includes street scenes, a city and a house
Known for Beach View, Ports and Seafood
Enjoy the quaint old downtown architecture, explore historic mansions, and visit the museums and galleries of Texas’s foremost port city. 

Reasons to visit

  • Moody Gardens
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
  • Galveston Schlitterbahn Waterpark