Think of the Lone Star State and most people think of gun-toting Texas cowboys and 10-gallon hats, rodeos, rough oilmen and dusty desert. There is no doubt that if you holiday in Texas for long enough you will see all of these stereotypes, but during your Texas holiday you will also see a variety of stunning landscapes that change from dark pine woods, to rolling hills and sparse beautiful desert and finally to sparkling coastline and fabulous beaches.
On your holiday you will be able to delight in Texas’ cosmopolitan cities where it is possible to swap the bright lights for a day on a Texas ranch, or soak up culture at a world-class art gallery before taking a stroll through a scenic park.
Most people are aware of the Texas oil industry, but you may be surprised to discover that the state has one of the country's biggest wine-growing regions too. There’s also world-class bird-watching, hiking, biking, kayaking or even camel trekking.
Whatever it is that brings you to Texas, whether it be space flight or rodeo riding, and wherever you plan on travelling in this great state, you can be sure that someone will be ready to greet you with a big ‘ole smile and a friendly "Howdy!" to make you feel welcome! You see, the word Texas is a corruption of a Native American Caddo Indian means "friend" and friendliness is something that Texans have plenty of!
Texas comprises 5 distinct regions:
East Texas: East Texas is located on the border of Louisiana is filled with hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams, making it a fisherman's paradise. It also has the Blackland Prairies, 12 million acres of grassland used for cattle grazing and covered in wild flowers during the early spring. Tyler is known as the rose capitol of Texas and during March and April you will find wonderful displays of roses and azaleas.
The Texas Panhandle is the very northern section of the state and is made up of sweeping plains and majestic mesas and other rocky outcrops. This area is used mostly for cattle and sheep grazing as well as mining and oil drilling.
West Texas is beautiful but harsh cactus land that divides the border between Mexico and New Mexico. For unforgettable desert beauty visit Big Bend National Park, southeast of El Paso.