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Texas is big and bold. The sheer diversity of the state allows you to combine specific interests into a customized itinerary based on your personal preferences, time, and budget: outdoor adventures in more than 90 state parks, Wild West lifestyle experiences at dozens of guest ranches, and evolving Western art and culinary traditions in Texas’s premier cities. Wherever you travel in the state’s seven distinct regions, you’ll find dramatic culture and a myriad of opportunities to explore Texas history and heritage. Weather varies according to geography, but is generally mild under clear blue skies with abundant sunshine. August and September temperatures can climb into the upper 90s; December and January dip down into the 30s.

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Austin

Austin is a boomtown of culture and creativity. It's a hub for music, comedy, and filmmaking, as well as a favorite foodie destination. For...

San Antonio

Wake up in the Alamo City with the scent of huevos rancheros in the air, the sound of mariachis, and the sight of barges winding down the San...

Dallas

Many people visit Dallas because of the city's tragic legacy as the assassination site of President John F. Kennedy. Dallas has learned to accept...

Houston

Houston can be divided neatly into three major areas. The city's very modern downtown (which includes the theater district) inspired one architecture...

Big Bend National Park

Cradled in the warm, southwestern elbow of Texas, the 801,163 acres of Big Bend National Park hang suspended above the deserts of northern Mexico...

Fort Worth

Many of Fort Worth's major sights are Downtown—the city's financial core, most of its historic buildings, and Sundance Square, a restored turn...

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is a heavily German-influenced town. The city square is called Marketplatz, there's a "wilkommen" sign hanging from every shop...

Waco

Sitting smack dab between Austin and Dallas, Waco sometimes gets a bad rap for being a biggish small town with a bit of a collegiate feel but...

Galveston

A thin strip of an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston is big sister Houston's beach playground—a year-round coastal destination just 50...

El Paso

Fabled El Paso, just barely in Texas and in fact on Mountain Time (rather than Central), was at one time part of the New Mexico Territory. It...

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a study in extremes: it has mountaintop forests but also rocky canyons, arid deserts, and a stream that...

Boerne

Just a few years ago Boerne was a quiet little town with a smattering of shops and small-town restaurants. Even though it had easy access to...

Marfa

History buffs will tell you the tiny West Texas town of Marfa was flippantly named for a character in a Russian novel. Folks who go there, however...

Comfort

At first glance, Comfort resembles a lot of quiet Hill Country towns. It has the standard Dairy Queen and a small main street with historic...

Marble Falls

Only 45 minutes west of Austin, bustling Marble Falls has become a popular destination for a quick weekend getaway. Three lakes, Marble Falls...

South Padre Island and Port Isabel

This vacation area really has two completely separate identities. For much of the year it is a quiet set of beaches with a few thousand residents...

Lake Travis and Lakeway

Lake Travis, the fifth in the series of Highland Lakes fed by the Colorado River, is a refreshing playscape for the Austin and Lago Vista areas...

New Braunfels

With a name like New Braunfels, it's a safe bet that Germans had a great deal of influence in this town. And in fact, they did. New Braunfels...

Wimberley

Wimberley's windy little roads, shady oak and cypress trees, and compact town square give it the feel of an English village. Established in...

Mason

You don't just find yourself in Mason; you have to want to get there. Nestled in the rolling hills at the very northwest corner of this region...

Gruene

Gruene is purely Texan. Ask many Central Texans if they've ever two-stepped in this little town and you'll see a nostalgic gleam in their eye...

Bandera

Dust off your chaps, loosen your saddle cinch, and stay a while. In Bandera the mythic tales of rodeos, ranches, and the "cowboy way" are all...

Corpus Christi

Discovered and dubbed Corpus Christi (literally, "body of Christ") in the early 1500s, the town languished under heavy-handed pirates for more...

Amarillo

Historic Route 66 runs through the heart of Amarillo, the cultural and commercial capital of the Texas Panhandle. From humble beginnings as...

Kerrville

Years ago, Kerrville had the small-town appeal that draws thousands to Fredericksburg and Boerne. With the arrival of the railroad in the late...

Grapevine

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Llano

The greatest attraction to Llano is the drive out there. Whether you're heading north from Fredericksburg on Highway 16 or east from Mason on...

Alpine

Nestled amid the plum and tan beauty of the Davis Mountains, historic Alpine has a reputation for hipness as much as oddity. Originally a ranching...

Johnson City

Johnson City is often described as a great place to stop on the way to somewhere else. Aside from its proximity to some of the Hill Country...

San Marcos

San Marcos is the largest town between Austin and San Antonio on I–35. It's home to former President Lyndon B. Johnson's alma mater, Texas State...

Arlington

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Horseshoe Bay

Adding to Marble Falls' tourist fame is the nearby resort town of Horseshoe Bay. Tucked into an immense cove on Lake LBJ, the resort began in...

Fort Davis

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Protruding from the earth in the form of a large pink dome, Enchanted Rock looks like something from another planet. This granite formation...

Luckenbach

Luckenbach isn't just some fabled Texas town romanticized by classic country singers Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. In fact it's hardly...

Mesquite

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Burnet

During most of the year, Burnet is a sleepy little town best known as a stop for people heading south from the Dallas area or east from Llano...

Austin

Austin is a boomtown of culture and creativity. It's a hub for music, comedy, and filmmaking, as well as a favorite foodie destination. For...

San Antonio

Wake up in the Alamo City with the scent of huevos rancheros in the air, the sound of mariachis, and the sight of barges winding down the San...

Dallas

Many people visit Dallas because of the city's tragic legacy as the assassination site of President John F. Kennedy. Dallas has learned to accept...

Houston

Houston can be divided neatly into three major areas. The city's very modern downtown (which includes the theater district) inspired one architecture...

Fort Worth

Many of Fort Worth's major sights are Downtown—the city's financial core, most of its historic buildings, and Sundance Square, a restored turn...

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is a heavily German-influenced town. The city square is called Marketplatz, there's a "wilkommen" sign hanging from every shop...

Waco

Sitting smack dab between Austin and Dallas, Waco sometimes gets a bad rap for being a biggish small town with a bit of a collegiate feel but...

Galveston

A thin strip of an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston is big sister Houston's beach playground—a year-round coastal destination just 50...

El Paso

Fabled El Paso, just barely in Texas and in fact on Mountain Time (rather than Central), was at one time part of the New Mexico Territory. It...

Boerne

Just a few years ago Boerne was a quiet little town with a smattering of shops and small-town restaurants. Even though it had easy access to...

Marfa

History buffs will tell you the tiny West Texas town of Marfa was flippantly named for a character in a Russian novel. Folks who go there, however...

Comfort

At first glance, Comfort resembles a lot of quiet Hill Country towns. It has the standard Dairy Queen and a small main street with historic...

Marble Falls

Only 45 minutes west of Austin, bustling Marble Falls has become a popular destination for a quick weekend getaway. Three lakes, Marble Falls...

New Braunfels

With a name like New Braunfels, it's a safe bet that Germans had a great deal of influence in this town. And in fact, they did. New Braunfels...

Wimberley

Wimberley's windy little roads, shady oak and cypress trees, and compact town square give it the feel of an English village. Established in...

Lake Travis and Lakeway

Lake Travis, the fifth in the series of Highland Lakes fed by the Colorado River, is a refreshing playscape for the Austin and Lago Vista areas...

Gruene

Gruene is purely Texan. Ask many Central Texans if they've ever two-stepped in this little town and you'll see a nostalgic gleam in their eye...

Bandera

Dust off your chaps, loosen your saddle cinch, and stay a while. In Bandera the mythic tales of rodeos, ranches, and the "cowboy way" are all...

Mason

You don't just find yourself in Mason; you have to want to get there. Nestled in the rolling hills at the very northwest corner of this region...

Amarillo

Historic Route 66 runs through the heart of Amarillo, the cultural and commercial capital of the Texas Panhandle. From humble beginnings as...

Corpus Christi

Discovered and dubbed Corpus Christi (literally, "body of Christ") in the early 1500s, the town languished under heavy-handed pirates for more...

Kerrville

Years ago, Kerrville had the small-town appeal that draws thousands to Fredericksburg and Boerne. With the arrival of the railroad in the late...

Grapevine

...

Llano

The greatest attraction to Llano is the drive out there. Whether you're heading north from Fredericksburg on Highway 16 or east from Mason on...

Alpine

Nestled amid the plum and tan beauty of the Davis Mountains, historic Alpine has a reputation for hipness as much as oddity. Originally a ranching...

Johnson City

Johnson City is often described as a great place to stop on the way to somewhere else. Aside from its proximity to some of the Hill Country...

Horseshoe Bay

Adding to Marble Falls' tourist fame is the nearby resort town of Horseshoe Bay. Tucked into an immense cove on Lake LBJ, the resort began in...

Arlington

...

San Marcos

San Marcos is the largest town between Austin and San Antonio on I–35. It's home to former President Lyndon B. Johnson's alma mater, Texas State...

Fort Davis

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Mesquite

...

Burnet

During most of the year, Burnet is a sleepy little town best known as a stop for people heading south from the Dallas area or east from Llano...

Luckenbach

Luckenbach isn't just some fabled Texas town romanticized by classic country singers Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. In fact it's hardly...

Dallas and Fort Worth

Dallas and Fort Worth, separated by 30 miles of suburbs, aren't exactly twin cities—they're more like cousins who squabble more than they get...

The Hill Country

You can't go many places in Texas without seeing or hearing the phrase "Texas is a State of Mind." If Texas is indeed a state of mind, the Hill...

Houston and Galveston

Sprawling, brash, friendly, and prosperous, Houston is arguably Texas's most cosmopolitan city. The forceful, wildcatter temperament that transformed...

West Texas and the Panhandle

As soon as visitors set their soles on the dry-as-the-Sahara soil of West Texas, they'll realize they've entered a completely different world...

Outside the Park

Just as many of Big Bend's zones are geographically remote, the park itself is isolated among hundreds upon hundreds of miles of West Texas...

South Texas and the Coast

This corner of Texas is too often ignored by the state and the nation because it lacks the sprawling metropolises that anchor other areas of...

Greater DFW Metroplex

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Elsewhere in the Metroplex

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Outside the Park

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