The Best Of Texas

Why everyone loves Texas

I am sure that every state out there has something to offer tourists and residents alike. But if you haven’t been to Texas-you haven’t seen nothing yet. There is a grocery list of all that there is to love and admire about this great state-and after careful consideration and questions to my closest 75 internet pals- I have come up with the –TEN BEST AND BIGGEST THINGS THERE IS TO LOVE ABOUT TEXAS.

The Texas Hill Country

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Night life is good...

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The San Antonio Spurs and Cost of Living

10. Texas would not be Texas without, none other than the one & only-San Antonio Spurs… Not only do the San Antonio Spurs have a handful of championships under their belt, they areSTAND UP CITIZENS- genuinely nice guys with a limited amount of drama rotating around their team. Watch an interview-you never hear them saying anything harsh or negative against their competition-many interviews I’ve seen, they give their competition props for their footwork and game strategies. The San Antonio Spurs are great winners because they aren’t sour losers-which gives them a secure spot in the Texas Top Ten…

9. When you go to the store in the Lone Star State, you can walk out with a cart full of groceries for under $300. A carton of eggs and a gallon of milk doesn’t cost you an hours worth of work here. The fact that the cost of living in Texas is less than the cost of living in New York-New Jersey- California- Hawaii and most of the United States; is one of the greatest perks of living in Texas.

The Beauty of Downtown San Antonio

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This is Truck Country

8. There is in deed a little something for everyone in Texas. If you like city living- try Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. If you are looking for a liberal college town-we have Austin. If you need a retreat to the beach-Corpus Christi is the place for you and if you rather have dry conditions we have-El Paso. The DFW Airport out of Dallas/Fort Worth is the perfect place to catch a flight to anywhere, and for the ladies that like to shop till they drop, Houston has a mall worth falling for. All of this is all here, and here is Texas.

7. I love the 'Yes Ma’am.' and 'No Sir’s '; you get from the folks (people) you speak to. I appreciate the small things like, when you let someone cut in-in front of you during rush hour traffic- they throw their hand in the air and give you a little wave to say thanks. I don’t know about you-but the fact that I know my neighbors and they watch my house when I am not home, is something that makes a house feel like you are coming home. It’s called southern hospitality-and it’s apart of life, and apart of Texas.

6. I am a country girl-which may help explain why having an abundance of Pick-Up Trucks and SUV’s- has made it onto this list. I know-I know, there are trucks everywhere. But not like in Texas, where a pickup can be so many different things. We have Crew Cabs-Extended Cabs-Mega Cabs-Dually’s-Diesels/Turbo Diesels-Tow Hooks-Goose Necks-2 wheel drive/4 wheel drive/ all wheel drive-Standard/Automatic-V4/V6/V8/V10-there are trailer breaks to be reckoned with. Do you need your truck to be fully loaded? Or can you survive without dual heated 10 way adjustable power seats/self adjusting pedals and rear entertainment; there are trucks for work…trucks for play… We got trucks with All Leather like a Lariat or King Ranch- we got the basic XL- the stunning Z71-we have Sports Editions/Off Road Editions and Limited Editions. You ain't in Kansas anymore baby-This is Texas and Texas is most definitely Truck Country…

The views at the lake

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Breakfast Taco's (need I say more?)

5. Mexican food in the better part of Texas is not considered to be Taco Bell. We have authentic Mexican Food. With Tortillas and Tamales, and salsa that has chucks of vegetables in it-rather than watered down ketchup. We got the spicy kick that gives Texas its spicy flavor and untouchable contribution to fantastic cuisine. We have breakfast Taco’s- sure if you eat them everyday that belly may double in size within a month or two-but they are so, so, so, so good… Tortilla stuffed with eggs-bacon-sausage-sprinkled with melted cheese and smothered with picante sauce, topped off with slices of jalapeño…LOVE IT!!! It is worth the additional pant size….

4. I love central A/C--- granted it can get hotter than hell down in the south…We are soothed with our central Air Conditioning. I recall being and living in other places where, central air was unseen technology- I need my central air… I am a big baby and take3 showers a day in the heat of the summer-but because of the best things in Texas- I can deal with the heat as long as I never lose my Central Air Conditioning.

Beautiful Skies

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We love a good party!

3. If you are in another state, attending an event, you can easily find other people from Texas. It isn't the cowboy hats or boots with spurs, not all of us own such accessories. It isn’t the hair or even look of an individual who calls Texas home. How you ask? You can spot another person from Texas by hearing them. The Texas draw and country twang in their accents are immediate give always that you have found a relatable person to converse with. You have to love the. 'Accent of a Texan'.

2. FIESTA- Along with the San Antonio Spurs-San Antonio makes the list again with the hang out/good time party, known as FIESTA. Fiesta last days (and nights)-made up of celebrations. We have the Oyster Bake-NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio), there are parades-carnivals, and there is much alcohol as well as a ridiculous amount of attendees to all events that are FIESTA. San Antonio knows how to play. But if you ever have a chance to head to Texas-make sure it’s around FIESTA, and come experience the culture that San Antonio loves to share.

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The Tower of America-Fountains

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What beautiful sites we have here in Texas

1. Last but certainly not least- I along with all I asked love Texas, because when you ask someone from Texas where they are from. They are always proud to say….TEXAS. No matter the city or town- They say TEXAS-not Houston, not Dallas, not Bandera, or Tyler…They say TEXAS. I wanted to test out if this was true for most residence of any given state. I only asked 15 people that were not from Texas, where they are from-answers were; LA, Miami, Long Beach, Denton, Los Vegas… Do you notice a trend? These are cities… For some reason or another people did not include the state they originated from. Except for the people I asked from Texas-whom if gave me a city at all-included their state. So the results to that little experiment resulted in my #1 favorite thing about Texas-is Texas Pride

If you ever get a chance to come for awhile or come here to stay-rest assured, there is more than enough room in Texas for all that want to enjoy it…But do us all a big favor…Don’t come here looking for trouble/and thinking you can hide from justice…Cause the Lone Star State also has one other little thing many states have done away with. We still believe in the Death Penalty-so play nice…

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Julie-Ann Amos 6 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

Fascinating thanks! And thank you for answering my question.


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

I love the Texas Hill Country: Gruene, New Braunfels, Johnson City, Fredericksburg, Wimberly. I also love Galveston. I never get tired of visiting any of these.


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I just went to a wedding in Marble Falls outside Austin. LOOVE Texas!


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Sean Leong 6 years ago from Malaysia

I spent more than 4 years in Lubbock, Tx at the so called pan handle. Graduated from Texas Tech University back in the 80's.

During school holidays, I did travel to many cities in the Lone Star state such as Amarillo, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Corpus Cristi, San Antonio, El Paso. Lone Star state is huge; the 2nd largest state after Alaska.

Lubbock is semi-arid and the climate is kind of extreme. The only thing I don't like about Lubbock is the sand storm. There is a risk of tornado also.

Looking back, I would rather live in other cities in Texas.

I visited one of my college mate's friend in El Paso once when I was there and tried their home-made tortillas with very spicy sause. Loved it.


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David Alan Carter 6 years ago

Texas native, here. And I have to say, you're right on the mark with your #1 point. Whenever I've been asked where I'm from, it has never occurred to me to mention the city. "I'm from Texas," is the answer. Hum. How 'bout that.

Good article. Thanks for the read. --David


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

I haven’t said thanks to anyone that has commented on this Hub- Shame on Me...

Thank each of you for reading and commented on my Hub, and I am pleased that you each enjoyed it as well as love Texas. Good thing you are not experiencing its beauty this evening, we are having the coldest nights ever recorded for our area these past few days, doesn’t feel much like Texas

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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire

I love this hub. My parents live in Medina, and I've spent a lot of time in the Hill Country and San Antonio. I'm looking forward to eventually moving down there.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Wendi,

Thanks for your comment. I live close to Medina-I actually live on Medina Lake. If you are familiar with the Hill Country, you may know of Mico/ Bandera?

I like how calm things are out here. Neighbors still wave and care about you. Thanks for your comment :)

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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire

Yes, OST and Gunslingers...I love Bandera! That's where my parents originally moved to, before they built their house in Medina. I should be making my way back down there in a month or two.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Oh yes, the famous OST Restaurant-A place that Cowboys can eat in the 'Cowboy Capital of the World'...

The entire town has expanded a lot in the past few years-you will be amazed. If you need any suggestions for the area-let me know :)


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Texan to the bone! I just love that bumper sticker that other folks have to put on their cars, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could."

Yep, this is the place!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Austinstar, Thanks for stopping in and reading my hub :) Yep- I always say, "It's a Texas thang...you wouldn't understand", I also like the saying- Once you are here, you don't ever want to leave. Thanks for the comment, from one Texas lady to another :)


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

How did we grow up without A/C? It hit 90 this week in May already. Of course I run the A/C year round, but would love to go outside once in a while.

April had 5 (count em') Open Window Days! So far, none in May. But it's almost pool time.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Austinstar,

I am not one that is too fond on blistering hot weather, I am originally from New Jersey, and that part of me will always be a Yankee. I never pack up the shorts and tank tops here. :) I see you feel the same way :)


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innerpower4u 6 years ago from Sunny California

A proud Texan girl, I love it;) I can't wait to hit up Austin-Texas. Couple weeks here I come...


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

thanks for stopping by. you will enjoy it- austin has lots to see


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Ever since my teen years there has always been something about Texas...It started with the football Cowboys of the 70's then the hockey Stars...I am sure I could find a great path for my Jeep :) cheers and great job but you need a picture of that breakfast taco ;)


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

mts1098- I am from Jersey- but Texas is a beautiful place and a part of who I am now... I will work on getting a breakfast taco worked into the hub...just for you :P


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Valerie T 3 years ago from Nashua, NH

LOVE IT! I'm a Southern Texas Gal myself, born and raised in San Antonio. I miss my home and people for sure! I can't wait to get back to the mexican food, sweet tea, great mannerisms, culture and well the BBQ to boot! lol

I currently live in the New England area and though it is quite beautiful here its just not the same. People are not as friendly and kinda of frown upon the usage of Ma'am and Sir. I learned that the first week of moving here. It won't change me, my mannerisms will stay the same where ever I go. We got another year here and we'll be back to Ft. Sam Houston! I miss home but you put a smile on my face by reading your hub today. Voted Up and Beautiful

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