One thing you'll notice immediately when you're moving to Texas is it’s big. Really big. It can take a couple days or more of driving to get from one end of Texas to the other, and even longer to get to know the unique character of the people and regions it encompasses. Beyond its size, Texas is great in countless other ways, as well. Texas has a variety of nature, flora and fauna; a whole country's worth of weather packed into one state; tons of things to do and see; places to explore, and, of course, a rich and unique history. Learn all about the fun things going on in your new little part of Texas with its own brand of fun and adventure!
Populated with some of the best beaches in the country, the Texas Gulf Coast has a rich culture filled with great cities like Houston, Galveston, and Corpus Christi. It’s home to NASA, delicious Tex-Mex and amazing wildlife. The Texas Gulf Coast region stretches more than 350 miles from South Padre Island at the southern tip all the way east to Beaumont and the Louisiana border.
From crystal clear lakes to the East Texas Oil Museum and ranches to rodeo, the Piney Woods of East Texas is known for its expansive pine tree forests and charming small towns. Lufkin, Tyler, Kilgore and Nacogdoches are just a few charming places where you can get lost in the beauty and friendliness of east Texas.
From the Heritage Syrup Festival in Henderson to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, northeast Texas offers a slew of Texas-sized adventures. Football fans can visit the birth place of NFL Hall of Famer Earl Campbell at the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler and lovers of true Texas country music can boogie on down to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage. With a mild climate and thousands of acres of trees and foliage, Northeast Texas has just what you’re looking to discover on your next Texas journey.
Encompassing 32 counties, the Dallas/Fort Worth region offers everything from smaller towns full of charisma and hidden treasures to metropolitan cities loaded with excitement and trendy destinations. Dallas is a city with both urban neighborhoods filled with young singles to master-planned communities like Highland Park, Plano and Mesquite where you’ll see kids playing soccer in the street. Fort Worth, known as the City of Cowboys & Culture, is the country’s 17th largest city and the top tourist destination in Texas. Two of the most popular attractions in Ft. Worth are the famous Stockyards National Historic District and the Fort Worth Cultural District with such world-renowned museums as the Kimball Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the National Cowgirl Museum. Other cities like Arlington, home to Six Flags over Texas and the Texas Rangers; Irving, home of the world famous Dallas Cowboys; McKinney, Plano, Coppell, and Frisco are integral parts of this vibrant metropolitan area.
The flatlands, rolling prairies and rising mountains of the Red River Valley serves as the gateway between Texas and Oklahoma. The region, home to cities and towns like Wichita Falls, Sherman and Bonham, has long been home to oilfield wildcatters and cattle barons where traditions of the Old West still live on. History buffs can learn about our Native American ancestors, cowboys, rail heads, oil booms and communities settled in the days when Texas was its own country. Visitors will find the world’s second largest Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas, fun festivals that feature goat barbecues and tributes to watermelons, and even a zoo that grew out of a community circus. The Red River Valley is plentiful in outdoor opportunities as home to Lake Texoma, the 11th largest reservoir in the U.S., the LBJ National Grasslands and the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.
The capital of the state of Texas, Austin, is smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country. The beauty of the Hill Country is unlike any other place you’ve been. Fabled towns like Georgetown, Round Rock and Fredericksburg are some of the most-traveled tourist areas in the South with rolling hills and abundant wildflowers. Some say Texas is giving Napa Valley a run for its money with its own wine trail. Vineyards dot the landscape between Austin and Fredericksburg and, in addition to the wineries, you’ll find boutique farms of lavender and olives, too. Hike up Enchanted Rock for amazing views of the Texas landscape and follow the Pedernales River to swim in turquoise pools nestled within giant boulders above.
Mexican heritage plays a big role in this large area that borders Mexico. Many towns have a distinctly Hispanic flair starting with the largest city in this part of Texas, San Antonio. There you’ll find the fabled Riverwalk, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World and, of course, the Alamo. The remains of many of the historical missions established by Spanish monks displays some of the best examples of Spanish mission architecture in the country. There are more than 500 species of birds in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas and the world famous King Ranch – one of the largest ranches in the world – has 825,000 acres on its property.
The westernmost area of Texas is a playground for people who want to be outdoors and explore a good old western town. In Big Bend Country, you’ll find the biggest jackrabbit in the world and Paisano Pete’s, the world’s biggest roadrunner. Visitors can slide down giant sand dunes, hike Guadalupe Peak -- the state’s tallest mountain at 8,749 feet above sea level, float down the Rio Grande River or camp under the big Texas sky. The region of West Texas is home to several small towns each with their own culture and activities. Marathon is the unofficial county seat of Big Bend State Park. Pecos is famous for its cantaloupes. Midland is the “Oil and Gas Capital of Texas”. Marfa is home to the famous “Marfa Lights” and is an art and cultural hot spot smack dab in the middle of west Texas. Wink, Texas is Roy Orbison’s hometown and Odessa is the inspiration for the film and TV show “Friday Night Lights”.
Tumbleweeds. Windmills. Ranches. And a sunset as far as the eye can see. What most people think of when they think about Texas is exactly what makes up the Texas Panhandle. The Panhandle got its moniker because it looks like a handle on a frying pan (true story!) and is home to a stretch of the famous Route 66 where you can “get your kicks” driving under the vast starry skies between towns like Lubbock, home of Texas Tech University, and Amarillo’s Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Musical legend Buddy Holly grew up in the Texas Panhandle where his music, no doubt, had a lasting impact on this genteel and friendly part of Texas.
The Chamber of Commerce in the city or town to which you are moving is a great resource for information on your new area!