The phrase “as big as all outdoors” didn’t come from nowhere. It speaks to Texas, just as “Don’t Mess with Texas” does. A big sprawling state, full of a history and culture all its own, nothing is like Texas. Both Southern and Southwestern, it has a profound Mexican influence as well as being a charter member of The Confederacy.
Austin is its capitol and what a one it is. People of all types move here to settle in a little town grown big, but which also keeps winning the Best Place to Live award, creating a dynamic and diverse population. Full of country western music (Austin City Limits is broadcast from here) and a great university, there are many delightful things to see and do. The Capitol itself is the largest in the nation and the Governor’s Mansion is fascinatingly full of history and open for tours. President Lyndon Byrd Johnson’s Library is here, as well as his wife Lady Bird’s Wildflower Center.
Houston is the great growth city, mushrooming in the 70′s and onward to become the 4th largest city in the country. There is a multitude of things to do here. The Space Center where the first shot of the first man on the moon was broadcast is here where you can go into space your self with simulators and exhibits. And films. On to the Johnson Space Center where you can watch actual astronauts and engineers at work. 6 Flags Over Texas is a huge amusement park with fun for the whole family. The city has a thriving oil business and aerospace industry with towering architecture to house it all, and a thriving medical industry with top notch research and treatment. The dining and shopping is known world wide and the arts, the opera, ballet and symphony are world class.
Other attractions, to name but a few, are the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, The Holocaust Museum and the Bayou Bend Collection.
Made famous by the TV Series Dallas and JR, Dallas is the Texas of Texas. Long the hub of the cattle industry, it is definitely the cowboy city with cowboy hats prevalent. It has grand hotels and restaurants, serving with a down home Texas flair to it all. Not to be missed is the 6th Floor Museum depicting the life and assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Dallas Art Museum is stunning, as is White Rock Lake, where you can bike and walk. The zoo and the aquarium are fun for the kids and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are a treat. One thing that is not to be missed is Pioneer Plaza, the bronze sculptures of cattle and horses in downtown Dallas depicting the cattle drives of the old days.
There is charming San Antonio to see, with its charming riverfront and the home of the Alamo, and Corpus Christi with its beautiful beaches. And numerous state parks and rivers for the out of doors.
In the rest of Texas, don’t miss driving the countryside where the wild bluebonnets flourish in the spring and summer. But don’t pick them, it’s against the law! And for sports, there are eleven pro teams to be exact, The Houston Astros (MLB) and the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), to name but two. So, what more could you want?