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Presently the second-largest state in the USA, Texas used to be even bigger at one point in time when it covered parts of present-day New Mexico,Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. It is nicknamed the ‘Lone Star State’ as a tribute to the fact that it was a sovereign republic for 10 years from 1936-1946 before it willingly got annexed into the United States. Nevertheless, Texas maintains a ruggedly self-sufficient spirit, which contributes to its nickname. The state is known for its ‘go big or go home’ attitude, which is reflected in its massive cities (Houston,Dallas, and San Antonio are among the 10 most populous cities in the USA), the sublime culinary scene with enormous portion sizes, and a prodigious music scene.
Texas is also home to some of the country’s best road trip routes, so driving here is a must-do. You can book your Texas car rental with Enjoy Travel for the lowest prices.
Guide to Texas
Texas has multiple climate zones, which range from arid and semi-arid to humid and subtropical. The peak summer months are June, July, and August, where temperatures average around 96.9°F (36.1°C). This is usually when the tourist numbers swell because most students will be on summer vacation. The winter months span from December to February. Some parts of the state welcome hail and snow (particularly in the northern counties), while others experience dry cold. The best times to visit are in between these two seasons, from March to May (Spring) or September to November (Fall), when temperatures pleasantly range between 70°F (21.1°C) to 80°F (26.7°C).
Texas's population & culture
Texas is the second-most populous state of the US (with a staggering 29 million residents) and is home to millions of immigrants. This blend of cultures not only makes Texas an interesting place to visit but is also integral to the state’s identity.
Things to do in Texas
Discover history in San Antonio
Texas is enormous and the attractions are never-ending. One of the top cities that tourists flock to is San Antonio. It is the most visited city in Texas and for good reason. It flaunts The Alamo, a Spanish mission and fortress site of immense historic and cultural significance to the city. At Market Square, you’ll find the largest Mexican market in the US. It offers a slice of Mexico’s various cultures, from Oaxacan cheese to Guadalajaran lamps, not to mention incredible food, clothing, and art from the US’ southern sibling. It also hosts cultural events and festivals and is a lively place to visit year-round.
Catch a live music gig in Austin
Known as the Live Music Capital of the world, Austin exhibits a laid-back atmosphere with live music gigs happening at every nook and corner. Visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum to know the story of Texas, or go to Zilker Park to partake in fun outdoor activities. And of course, don’t forget to catch live music events at The Continental Club, The Mohawk, or Cheer Up Charlie’s.
Science & culture in Houston
Houston may win your heart with its lush green parks, art galleries, and Tex-Mex restaurants. As one of NASA’s most prominent locations, the Museum of Natural Science and Space Center Houston will keep you busy with fascinating information about space and humankind’s endeavors to conquer it. If art and culture call your name, make your way to the renowned Theatre District - rumored to rival that of New York - to catch a Broadway performance at Houston Grand Opera. After the show, it’s a short hop to the Historic District, where you’ll find fine architecture housing finer culinary options.
Eating Out in Texas
When traveling in San Antonio, you have to try their famed smoked chicken with creamed corn, potato salad, green beans, or fries. Or the other famous dish of San Antonio: puffy tacos at Henry’s Puffy Tacos. Austin is best known for its food trucks that offer a wide variety of quick bites from sushi to biscuits and gravy. Tamales are found in abundance in Houston and the best place for it would be Alamo Tamales.
Transport in Texas
Airports in Texas
Texas has several airports, but the major ones are Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Getting around Texas
You can use the bus or train or bike to get around Texas, but the most convenient way of traveling around Texas would be to rent a car. As Texas is a large state, most people either own their own cars or rent vehicles while visiting as it gives convenience and flexibility unmatched by any public transportation system. The most popular and reliable car rental agencies in Texas are Alamo, Budget, and Enterprise.
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