An All-in-One Guide to All Things Texas
Read this before you visit the great state of Texas...
Texas is one of the largest and most populous states in the United States.The terrain and climate of the LoneStar state are as diverse as its inhabitants. During the "old west" era Texas became a major player in the cattle industry. Texas is also a major player in the oil industry and for the past several decades Texas has played a major role in the tech industry earning the nickname, the "Silicone Valley of the South." Many of the nations top companies were founded or are currently headquarter in Texas city.
Quick Facts about Texas
- The word Texas means "friend".
- Texas is the 28th state admitted into the Union.
- Texas became a state on December 29, 1845.
- Texas is the second largest and second most populous state.
- Texas is the birth state of former Presidents Dwight D. Einsenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson
Below are three different maps of Texas that illustrate various facts about the state.
Major Cities in Texas
Houston - Houston, Texas is the largest city in the State of Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. Houston is the 4th most populous state in the country with a population of about 2 million people according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The city covers approximately 643 miles. People from Houston are called Houstonians. Houston is the home of many of Texas' major attractions such as the Galleria, the largest shopping mall in Texas; Sam Houston Race Park, a horse racing track located in northwest Houston; Johnson Space Center, named after Texas native and former president Lyndon B. Johnson; and Kemah Boardwalk the city's largest amusement/entertainment park. Houston, Texas is also home to many of the nations top publically traded businesses.
San Antonio - San Antonio, Texas is the second largest city in Texas and the seventh-largest city in the U.S. There are about 1.3 million people living in San Antonio according to the 2010 Census. The city is located in Bexar County and is home to the Alamo, the River Walk, SeaWorld and Fiesta Texas. San Antonio is a major tourist attraction.
Dallas - Dallas, Texas is the third largest city in Texas and the ninth largest city in the United States. There are over 1 million people living in Dallas. Dallas is a major economic center, with twenty-two Fortune 500 companies based in Dallas, TX including Dell and JcPenny. Dallas is part of the DFW metroplex area which includes Fort Worth, Arlington and smaller surrounding cities.
Fort Worth - Fort Worth, TX is the fifth largest city in Texas and the sixteenth largest city in the U.S. According to the 2010 census the populations is about is nearly 750,000. Because of the city's western heritage, Fort Worth is nicknamed the city, "Where the West begins."
Arlington - Arlington, TX is the 50-th largest city in the United States and the 7th largest city in Texas. Arlington has many family friendly entertainment destinations such as Six Flags over Texas Amusement Park, hurricane Harbor Water Park. Arlington is also the home of two hugely popular, professional sports teams, The Dallas Cowboys and The Texas Rangers. The home stadiums of both teams (Cowboys Stadium and the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington) are located in Arlington and they are within walking distance of each other.
Austin - Austin, TX is the capital of the state of Texas. It is the fourth largest city in texas and the 14th largest city in the U.S. Austin is known as the Live Music Capitol of the World, not to be confused with Nashville, TN which is the Country Music Capitol of the World. The un-official slogan of Austin is "Keep Austin Weird," which is a reference to the eclectic culture of the city.
El Paso - El Paso is the 19th largest city in the United States and the 6th largest city in Texas. The city of El Paso is what is known as a border town. The southern section of El Paso lies on the border of the Rio Grande in the United States and the country of Mexico. The Northern portion of El Paso borders the state of New Mexico. El Paso is nicknamed "the Sun City."
Professional Sports Teams in Texas
Texas is home to a number of professional sports organizations including two NFL teams, three NBA teams, one WNBA team, two MLB teams, one Ice Hockey team, and two MLS teams. Texas is also home to the nationally televised rodeo events, horse racing, auto racing, and golf tournaments.
- Dallas Mavericks
- Houston Rockets
- San Antonio Spurs
- Houston Astros
- Texas Rangers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Houston Texans
- Dallas Stars
- FC Dallas
- Houston Dynamo
Annual Events in Texas
The State Fair of Texas
Every September the State Fair of Texas rolls into Dallas, TX. The Texas State Fair is the biggest state fair in the United States. There are lots of great family attractions at the fair including petting zoos and live shows. There are fun things for adults to do at the fair. Every year the annual State Fair Classic and Battle of the Bands showdowns occurs in the Cotton Bowl as well as the Red River Shoot-Out. There are loads of exhibits including new model cars, custom cars, antique cars and even a parade of lights at sundown every night.
SXSW MultiMedia Conference
The Live Music Capital of the World hosts the annual SXSW MultiMedia Conference in the heart of downtown Austin. The multiple weekend event features live music concerts from indie, up-and-coming and established artists. The event is more than one venue can hold. Multiple venues play host to the various artists that pass through Austin during this time. This conference isn't just for musicians. Filmmakers are also a big part of the SXSW events. Indie filmmakers get their time to shine and present their films during exclusive screenings during the SXSW festivities.
Fiesta San Antonio
Fiesta San Antonio is annual celebration honoring the memory of the fallen souls lost during the battle of San Jacinto at The Alamo. The multi-day event includes, parades, food, art and culture and lots of fun for families and for adults.
Attractions - Places to Go - Things to See
- The Alamo
- The Beach (Gulf of Mexico)
- Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas
- Sea World
- Six Flags Over Texas
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- Texas Hill Country
- Texas Rangers Musuem