They say "everything is bigger in Texas," and once you've been there, it's hard to argue with the sentiment. Big hats, big plates, big smiles and wide open spaces make this state the perfect place to have your biggest vacation ever.
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Go big or go home might as well be the state motto of Texas. Everything feels wider, taller, and bigger here, from its largest city, Houston, to its endless plains and relaxing Gulf Coast shores. The state’s musically-minded capital city of Austin, The Live Music Capital of the World,® hosts such world-renowned festivals as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW®) plus 250 or so foot-stompin’ musical venues.
Dallas is renowned for its Mavericks, Rangers and Cowboys sports teams, 50,000 acres of splendid parkland, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and endless slabs of lip-smackin’ barbeque. During the late 1800s, Fort Worth was a major cowboy trading post on the last part of the renowned Chisholm Trail. Today, the area is considered the Museum Capital of the Southwest.
Captivating San Antonio may be most remembered for the Alamo, but its enchanting River Walk is also one of the state’s most popular destinations. Texas encompasses around 267,339 square miles, which represents 7.4% of the United States. They’ve got some big boots to fill; which shouldn’t be a problem. Especially in San Antonio, where 40-foot-high boots are on display outside the city’s Northstar Mall.
What To Do
Take a delightful River Walk boat tour past unique art installations, colorful landscapes, charming cafes and the intriguing San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA).
Go bird watching at the 2,000-acre Galveston State Park and watch a captivating theatrical performance at the historic 1894 Grand Opera House.
Catch some of your favorite teams in Houston, San Antonio or Dallas.
View the Apollo 17 space shuttle at Houston’s world-famous Space Center. Stroll through the 19th century architecture and entrancing restaurants of Houston’s downtown Historic District.
Don’t forget to visit the Alamo and impressive Tower of the Americas 750 feet up in the air for some of the best views in San Antonio.