Welcome to Texas
In the Lone Star State, visitors explore diverse landscapes, taste bold cuisines and absorb vibrant culture that is purely Texas. Deserts and dusty plains give way to sparkling coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico. Big-city skyscrapers contrast with small-town dance halls. Flags of six different nations once flew over Texas, and this history lives on in the music, flavors and personality of the Lone Star State.
From the Rio Grande to Hill Country
Big Bend National Park stretches across the southern border of Texas’ pan-handle. Named for a big bend in the Rio Grande, this park offers over 800,000 acres of isolated wilderness in the Chihuahuan Desert. Explore the flora and fauna and natural beauty of this remote Texas landscape. While not an actual state holiday, wildflower season in Hill Country certainly seems like one. Each spring, the lush landscape erupts with colorful blooms, including the prized Texas bluebonnet.
Known for its sweeping prairies, Texas also is a place of legendary waterways, from the waves of the Gulf to the trickling streams of Hill Country. Mustang Island State Park captures the beach spirit, with silky sands and endless views. Caddo Lake State Park is one of the state’s most distinctive bodies of water, framed by towering cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss. Canyon Lake, Amistad National Recreation Area and Inks Lake are popular pick for boating, watersports and fishing.
Big Cities Beckon
On the southeast coast, Houston pulses with culture. Walk to 19 museums in the renowned Museum District, catch a performance at one of the many theaters, or escape to outer space at NASA’s historic Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex expresses the state’s history at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy.
Reach New Heights
Reaching almost 9,000 feet in elevation, the highest peak in Texas is found in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Equally spectacular is the pink granite dome found at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area never fails to impress. Hike to the top for panoramic views. The big state of Texas offers big opportunities for hunting, whether it be small doves, exotic javelinas and wild hogs, or large game, like deer and elk.