Texas Travel Guide
According to ehotelat, Texas is the second largest state in the USA after Alaska and one of the most interesting states in the USA. Here you can find something for every taste, especially in terms of landscape.
Some regions of Texas are located directly on the sea and the coast offers the best conditions for swimming there. There are also wide, desert-like plains and hilly hinterland where you can climb or hike. When it comes to the scenery, there are many different ways to pass the time in Texas. Houston and Dallas are among the cities that you should definitely visit if you want to get to know a typical Texan city.
Two of the highlights of a vacation in Texas are Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park with wide plains, deep canyons, high mountains and species-rich vegetation.
Another thing not to be missed in Texas is the local cuisine. It is known and loved all over the USA, but not for people who are not enthusiastic about spicy cuisine. Texas is versatile in every respect and rich in different facets, which one often cannot grasp in one vacation.
Many visitors to the state assume that Texas is conservative. Today’s picture of the region is different. Texas is one of the US states with an open outlook on life. It is true, however, that guns are very common in Texas. Almost every Texan has guns at home – in case uninvited guests come to visit.
But art is also very important in Texas. The Houston Museum of Fine Arts is the largest art museum in the state. With over 56,000 exhibits, you can safely use the word “huge”. The National Monument des Alibates Flint Quarries in northern Texas is the state’s landmark. Flint was found here, which was used by the Indians and their ancestors from 11,000 BC. Christ was used to make tools and weapons until around 1870.
Texas – key data
Land area: 696,241 sq km (2nd place in all US states)
Share of water surface: 2.5%
Population: 24.3 million people (2008 estimate, ranked 2 of all states in the USA)
Population density: 35 people per square kilometer (26th of all states in the USA)
Member of the USA since: December 29, 1845 (as the 28th state in the USA)
Capital: Austin (743,074 residents, 2007, metropolitan area 1.65 million residents)
Largest city: Houston (2.21 million residents, 2007, metropolitan area 5.73 million residents)
Highest point: 2,667 m, Guadelupe Peak
Lowest point: 0 m, Gulf of Mexico
Governor: Rick Perry (Republican)
Lieut. Governor: David Dewhurst (Republican)
Local time: CET -6 h. From the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November: CET -5 h.
The time difference to Central Europe is -6 h in both winter and summer.
Postal abbreviation: TX
Best travel time in Texas
Large parts of Texas can be most relaxed touring in the spring and autumn months. The temperatures are pleasantly mild almost everywhere, but not too hot. The greatest danger of tornado is from August to October, when the sea has warmed up. Since tornadoes represent an explosive but also fascinating natural spectacle, there are guided tornado tours in some places. However, you should never want to take on a tornado on your own!
The south and southeast, especially the holiday centers on the Gulf of Mexico, offer mild (bathing) weather from October to April. The water temperature here is always over 20 degrees Celsius, even in winter.
Texas is one of the most famous states in America, just because of the oil deposits that are there.
But tourists also get their money’s worth in Texas, as the country has a lot to offer. There are all sorts of sights and attractions here.
So you shouldn’t miss the Rothko Chapel. This is an ecumenical church in the Menil Collection in Houston. The chapel contains a cycle of paintings by Mark Rothko.
The San Jacinto Monument is particularly impressive. The San Jacinto Monument is a 171 meter high statue in La Porte and is very similar in construction to the Washington monument. The San Jacinto Monument was built between 1936 and 1939.
A visit to the Menil Collection in Houston is interesting. The Menil Collection exhibits a collection of high quality modern art. The building itself was built according to the plans of the famous architect Renzo Piano.
The two museums Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Houston are definitely worth a visit.
Nature lovers don’t miss out either. The Guadelupe Mountains National Park is well worth seeing. The mountain range of the Guadalupe Moutains in the western part of Mexico belongs to the park. In the park itself there is not only a unique fora and fauna to be seen, but also the remains of an old stagecoach station.
The Big Bend National Park includes is an interesting area with an extremely extreme climate. So it can happen that it is more than forty degrees in summer or spring.
The Echanted Rock is a hundred and fifty meter high, semicircular granite boulder in Hill Country.
Also worth seeing is the Albates Flint Quarries National Monument. It is particularly well known among tourists for its colorful stones.