You can’t talk about Texas without mentioning size. It’s enormous. It’s colossal. It’s just a big ol’ giant place. No other state can claim mountains, tropics, pine forests, prairies, and mesas all within its borders. Toss in an eclectic mix of regional cuisine, national parks, and real-life cowboys, and you’ll find a rich experience representative of Texas’s distinct character.
This spirit is evident in the Panhandle plains, where chicken-fried steak is proudly served at diners along old Route 66. It’s apparent in the Hill Country, where Texas troubadours play beer-soaked blues guitar on the Luckenbach stage. It’s all over the Rio Grande Valley, where Lone Star flags are as abundant as the bountiful groves of grapefruit trees.
Friday Night Lights. Barbecued beef ribs. Austin City Limits. Chisholm Trail cowboys. You can’t swing a piñata stick in Texas without encountering a cultural icon. And there’s plenty more to discover about Texas’s rich heritage: excavated shipwrecks, Spanish missions, majestic courthouses, cattle drives, oil booms, and JFK’s assassination all occurred under the state’s legendary six flags. This is what makes the state such an enigma and such a fascinating place. You could spend a year exploring the natural and cultural wonders of Texas and still find yourself with dozens of destinations remaining on your must-see list — all certain to become unforgettable future memories.
Excerpted from the Seventh Edition of Moon Texas.