What can you say about Texas? That it takes two days by car to cross the state from east to west? (I know this from personal experience after a household move across country in 1992) Here are some of the things I like about the state:
2. There are more things to do in Texas including lots of natural attractions like Big Bend National Park, Dinosaur Valley National Park, and Big Thicket National Preserve. If you are interested in Texas history, you can't pass up a visit to the Alamo, The Dallas Museum of Art, or Six Flags Over Texas.
3. As a state that leads in business and industry, every year you can find a plethora of conventions meeting somewhere in Texas. Many of them are in the Dallas - Fort Worth, Austin, or Houston. If you are thinking of planning a convention for your group, you can't do better than to locate it in Texas. Its location is fairly central to both coasts and the airport hub of Dallas.
4. You can't visit Texas without visiting places like South Padre Island either. It is the longest remainingÂ undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Are you a windsurfer? You will love this island! Note: No fireworks are allowed on the island, so just leave that stuff at home.
5. The Lone Star State has some of the most well-known colleges in the nation, and if you will be going to college soon, be sure to put Texas Tech, and Texas A & M University on your application list.
6.Â If you are into sports, your wish to watch your favorite games can be granted several times over by taking in a Houston Rockets game, or watching the Dallas Cowboys' NFL team.
7. You can do everything in Texas. Camping, snorkeling, hiking, dine in luxury, or relax in its wide-open spaces.Â
8. As a state steeped in history, one of the things I find most intriguing about Texas is that they have never given up their sovereignty. Heck, they could just up and become their own country if they wanted to, and very self sustaining at that. I mean, they have it all: water, access to the ocean, a place to raise crops, oil, and intelligent people!
9. It's sunny there. I mean, it is really sunny and warm, and sometimes ...HOT. It gives all us northerners a place to go in the winter to thaw out.
10. Last, but certainly not the least, it is the people. There is a rich diversity of heritage and cultures in the state of Texas. Many of the citizens that I have met have been warm and generous with a Texas-sized helping of fun and welcome.Â
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