Each of the United States’ 50 states is full of reasons to visit them, but few have as many offerings to the average traveler as Texas.
The state receives an average of 255 million visitors per year, according to the Perryman Group. Whether it’s off-road treks, nightlife, or regional curios you’re after, Texas has got several spots that can satisfy your cravings. This makes it a fantastic destination to switch off from your usual work focus and let your adventurous spirit run free.
A Culture You Can’t Find Anywhere Else
Texan culture is truly one of a kind. It bears the most interesting interweaving of American and Hispanic culture. You’ll have a difficult time finding a similar feel in the US, or even the world.
One of the state’s hallmarks is the fact that everything seems a lot bigger than usual, which fits as it’s the largest state in the contiguous United States. Its geographic features are a brilliant example of this, with vast badlands and prairies that stretch beyond the horizon in every direction.
Naturally, the culture evolved in accordance with this expansive backdrop. You’ll see huge rodeos, enormous pickup trucks, eye-catching fashion styles, and portion sizes fit for royalty.
Texas culture is loud, proud, and deeply rooted. Texans are highly in touch with their state’s history, which is renowned across the country. The Alamo is a household name, and people think of Texas and its neighboring states when the term “Wild West” is mentioned. All of this is evident in the plentiful well-preserved cultural heritage sites and museums.
Warm Texas-Brand Hospitality
The south is famed for its warm welcomes, and Texas is a shining example of this. It’s not better or worse than that of any other variant of southern hospitality, but the state’s unique culture serves to give it a one-of-a-kind flavor.
Take the Texican Court for example. This stylish 150-room luxury hotel is arguably the high water mark of the Texas hospitality industry. It features a Tex-Mex cantina, a tequila bar stocked with regional tequilas, and wood-burning fire pits, among many other thematic aspects.
You don’t have to break the bank to have a pleasant Texas-themed hotel experience, however. The Texican Court is only the first among many amazing places that immerse you in the Texan way of relaxation. The state is brimming with theme hotels
that offer a distinct piece of the state’s expansive and diverse culture, sometimes for less than $100 a night. But hotels aren’t the only place where you can be pampered Texas style.
The med spa
scene in and around major cities like Austin has honed its craft throughout the decades.
Having been developed in a culture that prizes warmth and hospitality, you can be sure that Texas spas know how to rejuvenate a weary traveler after days of exploring the state.
World-Class Quirks and Oddities
Something people might not realize is that Texas is remarkably quirky. It’s full of eccentric landmarks that can spice up any trip. For starters, there’s a city called Paris an hour and a half from Dallas that boasts a scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, topped with a cowboy hat.
The oddities only get stranger from there. Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is an art installation that features ten Cadillacs erected nose-first into the desert. In South Austin, you can visit what is known as the Cathedral of Junk, an impressive structure of beautiful rubbish that serves as an altar to the garbage of an average Texas neighborhood.
You can even take some quirky trinkets home with you if you visit the Uncommon Objects store. This marvelous mall of wacky wares has a little something for everyone’s silly side. Visitors describe it as akin to an eccentric uncle’s attic turned into a shopping center.
As you explore further into The Lone Star State, you’ll quickly find more reasons to extend your trip. Given the size of the place, it’s easy to get carried away in all sorts of side adventures and detours.
So try to stick to your itinerary, and simply mark out places you want to visit the next time you’re there. Texas will always be waiting to give you another warm welcome when you return.