Affectionately known as the “Lone Star State”, Texas is a destination where “big” is a way of life. Once belonging to Spain and later Mexico, Texas spent 10 years as its own nation before being annexed by the United States. It maintains a fiercely independent attitude to this day, with larger-than-life cities and rugged national parks among its highlights.
Things to do in Texas
Whether you want to learn about the Wild West history, see its state-of-the-art space facilities or discover its cultural cities, there are no shortage of options to inspire you in Texas.
Visit Austin. Famed for its live music scene, Austin also serves as the capital of Texas, with picturesque green spaces, cultural museums and art galleries to explore. Stroll through the University of Texas and discover the eclectic cafes of SoCo before soaking up the city views from Mount Bonnell.
Tour Houston. With its sprawling metropolis extending to the waters of Galveston Bay, Houston clusters around a historic centre filled with 19th-century theatres. Jump aboard a tram to tour NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which includes a visit to the famous Apollo Mission Control Center.
Discover Fort Worth. Once an important trading post on the Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth proudly showcases its cowboy culture at the Stockyards. Tour the National Cowgirl Museum and experience all the thrill of a rodeo before visiting the architecturally impressive Kimbell Art Museum.
Step into history at the Alamo. Forming part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site, the Alamo is a historic Spanish compound dating back to the 18th century. Learn about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo as you admire the mission’s iconic church, then browse the antique weaponry of the Long Barrack Museum.
Getting around Texas
Dallas-Fort Worth International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston are the main gateways to Texas, with smaller airports in San Antonio, El Paso and Austin. Long-distance trains and buses connect destinations across Texas while the state’s excellent road network makes driving a breeze. Most cities have efficient public transport systems for getting around.