Texas

United States of America
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.

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, Sports and Theaters
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
Dallas
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
Austin
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
  • Globe Life Field
San Antonio Botanical Gardens which includes modern architecture, a garden and a pond
San Antonio
Known for River view, Walking and Historical
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

  • 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.