It’s true. Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the state’s hospitality. You’ll find big smiles, friendly staff, and warm wishes when you visit the Lone Star state, so plan to spend some time talking about history as you tour the various cities.

Where to Go:

There are several cool cities to visit in Texas, especially since it is our largest state in the continental U.S. Each area has some spectacular venues to tour, and each is unique.

San Antonio consists of both history and national beauty. The Alamo Mission is a museum steeped in legends as much as history. Originally called the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo was established as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress in the 18th century. It was the center of battles over territory between newly independent Mexico and Texas, which just had the Texas Revolution. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and his men spent 13 days in attempts to lay hold of the mission fortress, eventually climbing the walls and all of the Texans defending the fortress were killed. Remember the Alamo on your sightseeing tour!

The city is also home to the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. These are interwoven paths along the river bank below the streets of the city. There are flowers and natural beauty, but there are also shops and eateries along the way.

Austin is known for its music. It has a number of bars and clubs that feature both new bands as well as top liner musicians. The big event there is the Austin City Limits Music Festival held in October at Zilker Metropolitan Park. The festival covers two weekends, has eight stages and more than 130 bands.

If you go north to Dallas, a place that should be on your tour list is the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The museum features a lot of history involving how President Bush handled the 9/11 attacks as well as live in the White House. One unique feature is the Situation Room Experience, which simulates a volatile nation crisis where students can immerse themselves into decision-making roles.

Outside the Metro Areas:

There are other quirky tourist areas outside the notable venues. Cadillac Ranch, an art piece where 10 Cadillacs are covered with graffiti and stuck in the dirt as statues are in Amarillo on the historic Route 66.

Ransom Canyon in Lubbock is a small town found in Yellow House Canyon. Besides gorgeous western sunsets, Ransom Canyon was the home of Robert R. Bruno Jr., who taught art at the school of architecture at Texas Tech University. Bruno became famous for his unusual houses, including the Lawson Rock House and the Steel House, which overlook the canyon. You can spend a day checking out the university too and get out of the Texas heat by staying at one of the many hotels near Texas Tech.

Texas is a mix of cowboy and Spanish culture, which makes it a bold and unique place to visit. The food can be spicy, but the hospitality is genuine. It will be a memorable time during your travels.