Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

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Texas

Photo by  Leaflet, Wikimedia Commons Palo Duro Canyon - Photo by Leaflet, Wikimedia Commons


Cowboys and cattle ranches, BBQ and beer, patriotism, pick-up trucks and conservative politics: Say the name “Texas” and these are some of the associations that readily spring to mind. However, while all of these things certainly exist - and remain important - in Texas, they are by no means definitive of the entire Lone Star State.

 

The saying declares that “everything's bigger in Texas!” and that goes for choice too. Clocking in at about 696,241 km² (as a comparison, that's larger than England, Scotland, the Netherlands Germany, Northern Ireland and Belgium combined) and boasting a landscape that varies from central arid planes to lush hill country and sparkling coastlines, Texas makes for a diverse and truly exciting RV destination.

 

Jutting out north in that distinctive tower-block shape, the Texas Panhandle region boasts a fantastic public park system, beautiful vistas and a real wild west atmosphere – complete with dude ranches, rodeos and even the odd dust storm. In large center city of Amarillo you can spraypaint the upturned cars at he Cadillac ranch or take up the 72 ounce steak challenge at the bright-yellow Big Texan Steak Ranch. Amarillo also acts as a gateway to the Palo Duro Canyon: a 15,000 acre national park that's wildlife, winding trails and unique formations make it popular with hikers and outdoors enthusiasts.

Further south, the town of Lubbock lays claim to being the birthplace of the late Buddy Holly and here you'll find the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame, as well as historic architecture, the National Cowboy Symposium and a scattering of great wineries.

 

The Prairies and Lakes Region is located in north central Texas and is home to the stylish and uber-modern city of Dallas, as well as other major cities like Fort Worth and Waco. The third largest city in Texas, Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the US and - with its hip nightlife and cosmopolitan atmosphere - is about as far removed from the classic Texan stereotype as it gets. RV's are readily available for pick-up in Dallas and from there you can venture out into the greater Prairies and Lakes Region.

 

Known as "Birthplace of Texas Independence," the historic town of Gonzales is home to beautiful heritage buildings and great tex-mex dining options, while the Tandy Hills Nature Preserve gives an insight into how Texas would have looked before civilisation. As the name would suggest, this region has a number of lakes and reservoirs – spend the day swimming, fishing and boating in Brenham's Lake Somerville then cool off with an ice cream from the world famous Blue Bell Creamery.

 

The Texan Gulf Coast region is simply breathtaking. Some of the world’s finest beaches are found along this stretch of Texas. Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Coast region is known for warm, sparkling water, long sandy beaches, and gorgeous year round weather. The Gulf Coast region goes inland about sixty miles, so it is easy to spend some time in the adjacent Piney Woods, Prairies & Lakes, or South Texas regions.

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