Texas has a wonderful mix of cultures from which to draw its special creations.
Big Bend Country is colorful in its desert views of cacti and peaks of mountains.
Texas is very famous for its wineries and vineyards.
The first historical document related to texas was a map of the gulf coast, created by spanish explorer alonso alvarez de pineda.
Spanish authorities, concerned that france posed competitive threat, constructed several missions in east texas.
Abraham lincoln\'s election triggered south carolina\'s declaration of secession from the union.
Texas is popularly known as the lone star state.
Texas is the second-largest u.s. state in both area and population.
Texas is in the south-central part of the united states of america.
The large size of texas and its location at the intersection of multiple climate zones gives the state very variable weather.
Texas emits the most greenhouse gases in the U.S..
The first railroad to operate in texas was the buffalo bayou, brazos and colorado railway.
Lake Livingston and Lake Conroe vacation rentals are perfect for enjoying these lovely lakes near Houston, while Jefferson vacation rentals are a popular base for exploring the lush forests and marshes of East Texas.
The most popular tourist spot in Texas, San Antonio is home to the famed River Walk and the Alamo, an icon of Texas history.
In Texas for guests of Austin vacation rentals include the beautiful pink granite state capitol building, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Lyndon B.
Spring and Fall, with their mild temperatures, are the best times to visit the Hill Country.
Summer - though a hot and humid season - is also a popular time.
The regulatory authority, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintains the state\'s immense highway system, regulates aviation, and public transportation systems.
Highways:- Texans have heavily traveled their freeways since the 1948 opening of the Gulf Freeway in Houston.
I-10 and I-20 have speed limits of 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), the highest in the nation.
Airports:- Largest of these is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), the second largest in the United States, and fourth in the world.
AMR Corporation\'s American Eagle, the world\'s largest airline in total passengers-miles transported and passenger fleet size, uses DFW as its largest and main hub.
Texas\'s second-largest air facility is Houston\'s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Ports:- Ports employ nearly one-million people and handle an average of 317 million metric tons.
The Port of Houston today is the busiest port in the United States in foreign tonnage, second in overall tonnage, and tenth worldwide in tonnage.
The Houston Ship Channel currently spans 530 feet (160 m) wide by 45 feet (14 m) deep by 50 miles (80 km) long.
Railroads:- Texas railway mileage peaked in 1932 at 17,078 miles (27,484 km), but declined to 14,006 miles (22,540 km).
The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail service that links Fort Worth and Dallas is provided by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T) and DART.
Amtrak provides Texas limited intercity passenger rail service both in size and frequency.
Winter has often cold snaps you may want to avoid.
If you don\'t want to enjoy the lake and river outdoor activities, avoid also the summer.
Texas culture comes from a blend of southwestern (mexican), southern (dixie), and western (frontier) influences.
Texas lies between two major cultural spheres of pre-columbian north america: the southwestern and the plains areas.
The annual houston livestock show and rodeo is america\'s largest rodeo.
The state fair of texas is held in dallas each year between late september through mid to late october at fair park.