Texas is big, and so is just about everything in it—including the hospitality. The unique culture of Texas comes from a mix of backgrounds as varied as American, Mexican, Native American, Old West, and European. Cultural festivals and museums help celebrate the diversity Texas has to offer. Food is a big part of the Texas culture as well; barbeque was invented in Texas, chili is the state dish, and its steakhouses are world-famous.
The geography of Texas is as varied as the culture. Vast deserts and plains make up a large part of the state, but pine forests, lakes, and rivers are scattered across the Texas landscape as well. All this natural beauty makes a great setting for outdoor recreational activities like camping, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, and more. Then there are 600 miles of Texas beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, perfect for sunbathing and ocean watersports. You can even spend time on a working dude ranch or watch a rodeo. For those who prefer to stay indoors, there is still a lot to see in Texas. Space Center Houston, which includes Johnson Space Center, offers exhibits and simulations of space exploration technology. Museums of all kinds abound in Texas for those who want to learn more about the state’s rich culture and history. The wild history of Texas can be revisited at historical sites like the Alamo, Spanish missions, plantations and farms, and military and frontier forts across the state.