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.