The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! If you’ve never been to Texas, then you really don’t know what you are missing. Texas travel has much to offer and Texas is not short on things to do. Texas is the second largest U.S. state in both area and population, and the largest state in the United States. Texas is located in the South Central United States and is bordered by Mexico to the south, New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, and Louisiana to the east.
Historically and culturally, Texas is usually considered a part of the American South, however, with the Spanish culture and Mexican cultural roots, Texas can also be categorized as a part of the American Southwest. Texas contains diverse landscapes from piney woods to rolling plains to the desert of the Big Bend. Cowboys are the icons that are most associated with the state of Texas.
Houston Texas if the fourth largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas and is known as the “energy capital of the world”. Houston was found in 1836 by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen on the land near the banks of the Buffalo Bayou and the city was named after former General Sam Houston who commanded at the Battle of San Jacinto. Houston does not have a central single business district and jobs in Texas within Houston are generated around Uptown, Texas Medical Center, Midtown, Greenway Plaza, Energy Corridor, Westchase and Greenspoint. Austin Texas has the reputation of being weird but really it is vibey, creative and cosmopolitan.
Fort Worth Texas is the seventeenth largest city in the United States and the fifth largest city in Texas. Fort Worth is located in North Texas and the American South and serves as a cultural gateway into the American West. Fort Worth is really a suburb of Dallas, Texas is categorized as the economic center of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, also called the Metroplex. Downtown Fort Worth is mainly know for its art deco style buildings with the Tarrant County Courthouse serving as the centerpiece. The Bass Performance Hall, Jubilee Theater, Circle Theater and Hip Pocket Theater round out this area of Fort Worth. Texas homes in Fort Worth are large and beautiful and epitomize urban Texas lifestyle.
Arlington Texas, a city within Tarrant County, is the seventh largest city in Texas. Arlington is a part of the Metroplex which also includes Dallas and Fort Worth. Arlington is located approximately 12 miles east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles west of Dallas. Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers’ baseball park, Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor and the Cowboys Football Stadium. Arlington was founded in 1876 around the Texas and Pacific Railroad and was named after General Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House. Of notable interest is that Arlington is the largest city in the world without a fixed bus route system of mass transit.
Plano Texas is a city in northern Texas in Collin County. It is a suburb of Dallas. Plano is within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and is included in the Metroplex. Plano is home to several corporate headquarters, including Rent-A-Center, Electronic Data Systems, J.C. Penney, Frito-Lay (potato chips) and Dr. Pepper. I would probably just lay around the Dr. Pepper plant for free samples!! Plano is also home to Collin County Community College. Plano is one of the smaller city located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Texas is a place well worth the visit. Happy Travels!