Texas Holidays

It’s true: Everything is bigger in Texas. From portion sizes, pickup trucks, and 10-gallon hats to the thousands of kilometres of rugged, gorgeous terrain. This state encompasses such a wide swath of human experience that exploring all of its nooks and crannies would take months — maybe years.

Texas is so big and diverse that it’s practically its own country. It was, in fact, a nation of its own from 1836 to 1845. The Texas landscape ranges from desert badlands and swimmable coastlines to lush mountains and sprawling prairies. Its communities go from the heights of urban sophistication (and size!) on down to the tiniest, most charming out-of-the-way towns. Texas is larger than Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands combined.

There is surely no shortage of Country culture here: rodeos, line-dancing and ample opportunities for an adventure by horse or mule. And then there’s the barbecue. It’s hard to find a better place on this planet for a plate of ribs or brisket (served with a heaping helping of Texas home-style side dishes). The legendary Franklin Barbecue in Austin can boast all-day waits—and it is worth it.
History buffs can travel far and wide across the Lone Star State to learn about its rich cultural legacy. San Antonio is home to the Alamo, a centuries-old Spanish mission and the site of a long, bloody battle in the early 1800s. Frontier Texas!, a bold museum in Abilene, introduces visitors to the “Wild, Wild West” using life-sized holograms. Of course, Texas is also host to its share of arts and cultural sophistication, from the glossy urban landscapes in Dallas and Houston to the freewheeling funk of Austin. The latter city is something of an island in the Texas Hill Country—a wild, liberal city where you can expect the unexpected.
Texas Quirk
In addition to cowboys and sprawling cities, Texas is home to some quirky attractions and spots. From Cadillac Ranch, which boasts a sculpture made of ten Cadillacs as a monument to the "Golden Age" of the American automobile to the Lajitas Ghost Town, which has a beer-drinking goat for mayor. In Paris, Texas, you’ll even find an Eiffel Tower topped with a cowboy hat.

Texas Tourist Attractions


• San Antonio River Walk

• Texas State Capitol, Austin

• Houston Space Centre

• The Alamo, San Antonio

• South Padre Island

• USS Lexington, Corpus Christi

• Fort Worth

• Guadalupe Mountains National Park

• Big Bend National Park

• Palo Duro Canyon

• El Paso

• Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Houston

• George Ranch Historical Park

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