Texas is one of the 50 states in the United States of the America. Texas is bordered by Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, Louisiana to the east, and New Mexico to the west. The state also shares an international border to the south with the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. The capital is Austin, but the largest city is Houston. Texas is known as the Lone Star State in reference to its being a former independent republic and its struggle for independence from Mexico.
What to see & do
Moody Gardens - Moody Gardens is a non-profit educational complex with several educational and entertainment attractions, a golf course, and a hotel. Its most prominent attractions are its three educational pyramids: the Aquarium Pyramid, the Rainforest Pyramid, and the Discovery Pyramid. The Aquarium Pyramid displays several species of fish and other marine animals; the Rainforest Pyramid contains tropical animals, birds, and plants; and the Discovery Pyramid features science-related exhibits and activities. Other attractions are Palm Beach, a white sand beach with freshwater lagoons, tower slides, and a play area for kids, Ridefilm Theatre, a paddlewheel cruise boat, and the Moody Gardens Golf Course. Moody Gardens is located in the city of Galveston.
Six Flags Over Texas - Six Flags Over Texas is a theme park on a 212 acre site in Arlington, Texas. Opened in 1961, it was the original Six Flags Theme Park. The park is divided into several areas: Mexico & Spain area, Texas area, Old South & France area, USA area, Goodtimes Suquare, Gotham City, Boomtown, Tower Section, and Star Mall. In addition to its rollercoasters, towers, carousels, water rides, kiddie rides, and other rides, Six Flags Over Texas hosts several seasonal events: Spring Break Out, Festival Latino, Fright Fest, and Holiday in the Park.
Nasher Sculpture Centre - The Nasher Sculpture Centre is an art museum in Dallas, adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art. It houses an excellent collection of modern and contemporary sculptures.
Barton Springs Pool - Barton Springs Pool is a man-made swimming pool located in Zilker Park in Austin. The recreational pool is a prime venue for year-round swimming.
How to get around within Texas
Texas is large with geographically dispersed cities, but the roads are mostly in excellent condition. Car rentals are available and gas stations are numerous, but make sure you are disciplined in following the speed limits, especially in the rural areas. In cases where the cities are too far apart and time is an issue, book a flight to the nearest regional airport instead. Otherwise, bus and train services are also available though less convenient.
How to get there
Texas has several major airports. The primary commercial airports include Austin–Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in the cities of Irving, Euless, Grapevine, and Coppell, and Dallas Love Field in Dallas. International flights are from Canadian, South American, Asian, Middle Eastern, Australian, and European cities, courtesy of several airlines such as Air Canada Express, Avianca El Salvador, British Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, and VivaAerobus. Interstate flights are also provided by American Airlines, American Eagle, Southwest Airlines, United Express, United Airlines, and US Airways Express.