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All About Texas

Updated on April 11, 2014

The Great State of Texas - Places, Events and Activities

I like to write about Texas. Texas is a big state with a big reputation. There's a streak of independence that runs through all native Texans and it usually doesn't take too long before it runs in those new to the state who embrace its culture and its history.

Texas Independence Day, April 21st

April 21st is the day Texans celebrate Texas Independence Day. We are a proud, independent lot. In Houston we're close to the historical site of the Battle of San Jacinto where a Texas Independence Day celebration occurs each year. I've spent many Independence Days out at the monument and a special treat is exploring the Battleship Texas nearby.

Texas celebrates its independence in many ways but the most favored way is through Texas Independence Day events. Every April 21st, you'll find a lot of news stories and events dedicated to remembering the Great State's grand historical moments.

My Hometown: Houston, Texas

Houston is my hometown and has been for a very long time. Although I started out in life as a Yankee from the Great State of Pennsylvania and the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia), I soon had scuffed traveling boots as my early life spent as an Army brat. Eventually life settled down when my dad left the Army and moved to Houston, Texas to join the NASA team. This was during the early days of the space missions and that made up a large part of my formative years. I guess it was no surprise that I eventually turned to travel writing once the writing bug hit.

Texas travel, state of Texas, Texas history
Texas travel, state of Texas, Texas history

Explore Texas Trails with this Texas guidebook

Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures
Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures

Why not take a quick spontaneous trip around Texas. This guidebook uses the major Texas cities as hubs to go exploring. Lots of great Texas stories, too.

 

Visit the Texas Hill Country and the Wine Trail with this new Texas travel book

Exploring the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail: Day Trips, Weekend Escapes & Vacations (Exploring Texas Trails Book 1)
Exploring the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail: Day Trips, Weekend Escapes & Vacations (Exploring Texas Trails Book 1)

Add some Texas travel to your spring and summer weekends and vacations and be sure and check out the Texas Wine trail in the Hill Country.

 

Cadillac Ranch, Texas

Cadillac Ranch, Texas
Cadillac Ranch, Texas

Here's your chance to offer suggestions and ideas on what you would like to read about Texas, Texans, and all things Texas. Let me know what you're interested in. What would you like to learn about Texas or Texans? Is there something you have learned, enjoyed, or done related to Texas that you'd like to tell me about? Here's your chance.

Don't be shy. I'd love to know what you're interested in.

Texas Mania - What do you want to read about Texas? - Share your ideas on what to write about Texas

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    The Flag of Texas still flies high.
    The Flag of Texas still flies high.
    Odd places in Texas, Weird Texas Travel
    Odd places in Texas, Weird Texas Travel

    Looking for Something Different in Texas?

    Try Weird Texas - Legends and Secrets

    Weird Texas: Your Travel Guide to Texas's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

    There's a lot of weird and wacky stuff in Texas. Take Cadillac Ranch. Only in Texas would someone decide it was a good idea to bury a row of Cadillacs head down into the ground. People come from all over to see Cadillac Ranch and leave their graffitti in their wake.

    Exploring Texas, Texas history adventures
    Exploring Texas, Texas history adventures

    Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures

    Texas Vacation Ideas and Texas Travel Guides

    Texans are fiercely proud of their heritage so there's plenty to see and experience in the big state. Texas history is full of stories that entertain and inform. EXPLORING TEXAS HISTORY: WEEKEND ADVENTURES takes advantage of those stories. A story introduces each town or city so that you have a taste of the history of the town. The book is divided into five sections with the main Texas cities acting as hubs. You'll discover plenty of Texas history within these pages.

    Note: While the book is out of print and is no longer available, I do have some copies. Some information has changed due to changes in the towns and cities over the last few years but the history remains the same. Also, you will need to double-check for pricing and to be certain some of the smaller venues are still open. Even with that, though, there are plenty of stories to keep you entertained.

    I do have a few copies that I'd be happy to sell. Click on the book cover image or the link below for more details.

    Lots of Big Cities In Texas

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    Houston staycation, Houston vacation, Houston things to do with children
    Houston staycation, Houston vacation, Houston things to do with children

    Houston is a Kid-friendly City

    Exploring Houston with Children

    There are plenty of attractions in Houston and more than enough to keep a family busy on a vacation or a staycation. This is a good guide to places in Houston, but even better if you have a family and are looking for a guide to help you find kid-friendly places,

    I still have a few copies of the book I co-authored. EXPLORING HOUSTON WITH CHILDREN is now out of print but has been a favorite of teachers and homeschooling parents. The books is organized according to school curriculum so places are grouped according to science, geography, etc. We've also included activities for the kids to do before, during and after visiting various venues.

    Note: While the book is out of print and is no longer available, I do have some copies. Some information has changed due to changes in the city. Also, you will need to double-check for pricing and to be certain some of the smaller venues are still open. Even with that, though, there is a lot of solid information about the city that I think remains helpful.

    I do have a few copies that I'd be happy to sell. Click on the book cover image or the link below for more details.

    So what do you think about Texas? - I love hearing from my readers

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        Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

        Texas :) I remember when I used to fly a lot, it was never hard to pick out the Texans. Pride is an understatement in many cases. One of these days I would like to see Houston, and Austin. But in the meantime you have a lot of resources here :)