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Texas

United States of America
Dallas showing modern architecture, skyline and a high-rise building

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.

Visit Texas multiple times and you will have a different experience with every trip, as it is a state of dazzlingly diverse regions. One guarantee is that wherever you are in the state you will be greeted with friendly locals, hearty food and unforgettable sights.

Start in the South Texas Plains to learn about the history of the state. San Antonio was founded by the first European settlers in 1718, while the Alamo was the site of a famous battle during the Texas Revolution.

Head to the Gulf Coast to explore stunning beaches and barrier islands, as well as the thrilling city of Houston. Marvel at the achievements of astronauts in the Space Center or spend days roaming the attractions in the Houston Museum District. Sunbathe and swim on the beaches of Galveston Island or watch for rare birds in Goose Island State Park.

Journey north to the Prairies and Lakes region, the home of Dallas and Fort Worth. For the best views of Dallas, head up Reunion Tower before enjoying attractions such as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Sixth Floor Museum, which is dedicated to JFK. After meeting cowboys in the Stockyard District of Fort Worth, relax on the grounds of a ranch or by the shores of a lake.

Artistic Austin is located in the heart of Hill Country. Enjoy micro-brewed beer and curious creative sites such as the Cathedral of Junk in the Texan capital. Outside the city, go underground in Cascade Caverns or drive along deserted roads lined with wildflowers.

In the far west of the state, join one of the hiking trails in Big Bend National Park. Trek through canyons or raft down rivers that carve up the dramatic landscape. Big Bend Country is also the home of El Paso, a historic border town with a zoo, museums and quick access to mountains.

Texas is such a vast state that it offers multiple international airports and routes into the state. Come here at any time of year to experience the many joys of Texas life.

Popular cities in Texas

Houston featuring a park
Houston
Known for Shopping, Sport and Theatre
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
  • Texas Children's Hospital
Dallas showing modern architecture, skyline and a high-rise building
Dallas
Known for Sport, Entertainment and Theatre
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 featuring skyline, a lake or waterhole and a city
Austin
Known for Entertainment, University and Live Music
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

  • St. Edward's University
  • Austin Convention Center
  • Texas State Capitol
San Antonio Botanical Gardens which includes modern architecture, a park and a pond
San Antonio
Known for River View, Walking and Entertainment
For many years before the Battle of the Alamo, this city in southern Texas was part of Mexico. See the missions that remain from earlier times.

Reasons to visit

  • North Star Mall
  • Alamodome
  • Pearl District
Sundance Square featuring a high-rise building
Fort Worth
Known for Sport, Garden and Theatre
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 featuring street scenes, a city and a house
Galveston
Known for Excursion, Garden and Island
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