Hit up one of Texas’s big cities, since the state’s larger-than-life reputation is in full force at attractions, restaurants, and events in its metropolitan areas. Dallas  and Fort Worth  offer a perfect one-two punch of Southern and Western culture, respectively, and Texas’s other metropolitan areas each have a distinct sense of place — Houston ’s Southern cosmopolitan charm, San Antonio’s  Hispanic heritage, Austin’s  creative energy, and El Paso’s Wild West spirit.
Explore the hardy countryside and enormous sky in the Panhandle Plains, Big Bend region , and El Paso area. They’re captivating to city slickers from across the globe who often consider an open parking space to be a vast expanse of property.
Take a Texas road trip starting in Dallas  or Houston  and tour the metro areas of central Texas before setting your sights to the west. Plan a night or two in distinctly Texan towns like Fredericksburg , San Angelo, and Abilene as you make your way to the natural majesty of Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains national parks.