Texas Travel Guide

Texas State Travel Guide

About Texas

Texas is a beautiful place to go for a long vacation. This State has many amazing landscapes and places to explore like, you can visit the site of John F. Kennedy’s assassination that is at Dallas, see the beautiful Sea World in San Antonio, and visit Houston to see the NASA’s Johnson Space Center. If you are traveling with kids, then you can spend some time at the Stewart Beach. Texas is a beautiful place and has some of the best tourist destinations. Other than adults, even children would find this place informative because Texas has many monuments and historic sites. This brings in a memorable traveling experience along with enjoying the scenic beauty.

Texas Official Language(s) No official language
Texas Demonym Texan
Texian (archaic)
Texas Capital Austin
Texas Largest City Houston
Texas Largest Metro Area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington
Texas Area  Ranked 2nd in the US
 - Total 268,820 sq mi
(696,241 km2)
 - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)
 - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)
 - % water 2.5
 - Latitude 25° 50′ N to 36° 30′ N
 - Longitude 93° 31′ W to 106° 39′ W
Texas Population  Ranked 2nd in the US
 - Total 24,782,302 (2009 est.)
- Density 79.6/sq mi  (30.75/km2)
Ranked 26th in the US
Texas Elevation  
 - Highest Point Guadalupe Peak
8,751 ft  (2,667 m)
 - Mean 1,700 ft  (520 m)
 - Lowest Point Gulf of Mexico coast
0 ft  (0 m)
Texas Before Statehood Republic of Texas
Texas Admission to Union  December 29, 1845 (28th)
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)
Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (R)
Texas Legislature Texas Legislature
 - Upper House Senate
 - Lower House House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)
John Cornyn (R)
U.S. House Delegation 20 Republicans, 12 Democrats
Texas Time Zones  
 - most of state Central: UTC−6/−5
 - tip of West Texas Mountain: UTC−7/−6
Texas Abbreviations TX Tex. US-TX
Texas Website http://www.texas.gov/

Brief History

In the year 1836, Texas became an independent state and was known as Republic of Texas. Earlier, it was ruled by Mexico and many battles were fought to free Texas. One of the famous battles that were fought for its independences was the Alamo. The army was led by General Santa Anna. It was only 9 years later that Texas was agreed to be a part of the United States. Texas was the 28th State.

Popular Destinations to Visit

Big Thicket National Preserve, Chamizal National Memorial, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Padre Island National Seashore and the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park are just to name a few amazing places that you can visit in Texas.

Big Bent National Park

The Big Bent National Park is one of the remote parks in the United States of America. It is an hour drive from the closest town. This National Park in Texas is along the Mexican border and Rio Grande. People who love an open view would find this place marvelous. Big Bent has mountains, deserts and canyon scenery. Going hiking and camping here can be fun. The Big Bent National Park has more than 60 species of cacti and other rare plants.   

Fort Davis National Historic Site

This National Historic site has more than 20 historic forts that are located at west Texas. All these forts are stretched along the Davis Mountains between San Antonio and El Paso. Many tourists hike along the mountain trails. You can see the most breathtaking views of the fort from here.

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monumen

This monument at Texas has remains of many flint quarries which the native inhabitants used to use 12,000 years ago. The Alibates Flint National Monument is protected in a way that people visit it with a guided tour and reserve it in advance.

Guadalupe Mountain National Park

As compared to other National Parks, Guadalupe Mountain National Park is not visited by people very frequently because of lack of attraction as well. The Guadalupe Mountains are surrounded by deserts and is basically a hiking area. This National Park has beautiful scenic beauty.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Many Spanish missions were built in Texas during the 18th century. Amongst these the four best were at San Antonio. All these are connected by the Mission Trail which is a route that is connected by the Alamo, Mission Espada and four churches. Many tourist visit this National Historic Park every year.