What makes Texas… Texas

What makes Texas… Texas!

With its robust economy and diverse cultures, Texas has become a major American metropolitan center. Its business-friendly policies are hospitable to global industries and small businesses, while its cultural institutions – ranging from rodeos, football, music and barbeque to city-wide festivals and world-class museums – remain an integral part of life here in Texas.

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San Antonio

San Antonio, also known as Military City, USA, is one of the oldest and largest cities in the United States. It is home to the first World Heritage Site in Texas – the Alamo Mission – as well as annual celebrations like Fiesta. In addition to its rich traditions, San Antonio features a burgeoning tech market.

Houston

“H-Town” is Texas’s largest city and the fourth largest in the USA. Its economy is primarily based on energy production, but it also has a robust global tech presence. Houston is famous for its theater and museum districts, as well as sporting events.

Austin

The Live Music Capital of the world is a major high-tech market where companies such as Apple, Tesla, and Dell have major offices. Austin hosts the Austin City Limits and South by Southwest music festivals, as well as a lively craft beer and food truck scene.

Dallas

Dallas is known for its vast metropolitan area dense with retail, dining, and entertainment establishments, as well as one of the world’s largest arts districts. It is home to many Fortune 500 company headquarters, and its robust economy is characterized by IT, finance, and telecom.

Rodeo

In the state with the biggest cattle ranches, it’s no surprise that rodeo is a popular sport. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest event of its kind in the world, but local events are common as well.

Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets are the Texas state flower. They bloom in the early spring, and disappear around summertime. Taking pictures with loved ones among the bluebonnets is a time-honored Texas tradition.

The Alamo

The Alamo Mission was built in 1718, and in 1836 was the site of the Battle of the Alamo. In 2015, it was named the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas. It remains an important historic landmark and a popular tourist destination.

Lone Star Flag

The Lone Star Flag has been around since Texas was an independent Republic. It is a popular and respected symbol among native Texans, and can often be seen flying alongside the American flag.

Texas Longhorn

Don’t let the horns fool you – Texas Longhorns are docile and intelligent creatures. They were valued by early Texans for their resistance to drought, and are now the official state mammal.

Line Dancing

Country and western dance halls are popular venues in Texas. The Texas two-step and line dancing are common dance styles that are thought to have originated from European settlers.

Hispanic Culture

San Antonio is rich with traditions derived from Mexican American culture. Annual city-wide celebrations include Fiesta, a 10-day festival honoring those who fought in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.

Texas BBQ

Texas is world-famous for its barbecue. While every Texan has their own opinion of how BBQ should be, Texas BBQ tends to specialize in tender brisket and tangy sauce, in general.

Texas Football

Football is a big deal in Texas, at both the pro and college levels. Two NFL teams call Texas their home – the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans. For college football, the University of Texas and Texas A&M are among the highest ranked teams.

East Texas

Folks who are unfamiliar with Texas are often shocked at the natural beauty to be found in East Texas. Contrary to media depictions of Texas as dry and desert-like, East Texas is rife with coniferous forests and expansive national parks.

West Texas

West Texas may be dry and arid, but its landscapes are diverse. Much of this portion of the state is taken up by the Chihuahuan Desert, and there can also be found mountain ranges and canyons, grasslands, and even sand dunes.

Coastal Texas

The Texas Coastal Bend features several notable cities, including Corpus Christi, McAllen, and Galveston. Just off the coast is Padre Island, the world’s longest barrier island at 113 miles length. It is also home to interesting wildlife, such as alligators, whooping cranes, and manatees.