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Austin

Austin

Austin, the capital city of Texas, is in some ways one of the least archetypically Texan of cities. Known more for its lush mus...

Dallas

Dallas

The Big D has a certain reputation thanks to a long-running nighttime soap opera that starred Larry Hagman as a wily oil-tycoon ca...

Houston

Houston

Texas is a state that delights in all things big, and of all Texas big cities Houston is the very biggest. As a matter of fact, t...

San Antonio

San Antonio

San Antonio's easygoing Tex-Mex charm seems unusual for a city that is the 9th largest in the United States. This vibrant yet laid...

Facts

When to visit:

Texas really is an all year tourist destination thanks mostly to its sheer size and attendant diversity of climate. No matter what the season there are places in Texas where the weather permits easy travel and comfortable outdoor adventure. That said, the two main tourist seasons are the months from late spring to early fall and the winter season. Southerly locations see the most traffic during these times, especially along the beautiful coasts of the Gulf of Mexico. When school is out in the summer expect to see lots of families. In winter those fleeing the snow come to whoop it up in the tropical reaches of the Lone Star State.

Facts:

State Abbreviation: TX

State Capital: Austin

Largest City: Houston

Area: 268,601 square miles (2nd biggest state in the USA)

Texas Population: 22,490,022 (as of 2004)

Major Industries: petroleum & natural gas, farming, steel, banking, insurance, tourism

Texas Rivers: Rio Grande, Red River, Brazos River

Texas Lakes: Lake Buchanan, Sam Rayburn Lake, Toledo Bend Lake, Lake Whitney

Highest Point: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 feet (2,667 m) above sea level

Origin of the Name: The Caddo Indians called their tribes "Tejas," meaning "freinds".

State Nickname: The Lone Star State

State Motto: Friendship

State Song: "Texas, Our Texas"