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More Than Ten Reasons to Visit Texas

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Deborah L. Alexander is an author, business woman, wife to Doug for almost 40 years, a mother of three adult children & a grandmother of 4.

Texas Truly is "A Whole Other Country"

There is something for everyone in the great state of Texas. Favorite places I have chosen are related to Texas culture, Texas history, and/or Texas beauty.

From El Paso to the Bayou Border of Louisiana--From the Texas Panhandle to the Beautiful Gulf Coast, Texas has it all and it truly is "a whole other country".

And of course, Texas is big! The possibilities are endless for any list describing Texas and there are many more than the ones I picked for my favorite ten. These just offer a sample of all the great things to find in Texas. Now take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty of Texas and if you have never visited us in Texas, I hope you will add it to your list of great places you want to visit.

Just How Big is Texas?

Measuring from North to South--Amarillo to Galveston, it's over 580 miles

Measuring from East to West--Texarkana to El Paso, it's over 733 miles

Driving 733 miles non-stop would take you over 12 hours. I'd say that's pretty big. That's a long, long drive, just to get across one state.

Number 1--Wildflowers in Spring (My 10 reasons to visit Texas are all important and in no particular order.)

Number 1--Wildflowers in Spring (My 10 reasons to visit Texas are all important and in no particular order.)
Number 1--Wildflowers in Spring (My 10 reasons to visit Texas are all important and in no particular order.)

Honeysuckle - Smells Great & Grows Wild in Texas

Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Bluebonnets

The Hill Country in Spring

Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, and a Rainbow of Color

Driving through Texas in the springtime is a spectacular and beautiful sight. The flowers lining the Texas highways are abundant with the color of wildflowers. And the flower most gorgeous is the official state flower called the Texas Bluebonnet.

The highways are not the only place to find the beauty. Springtime brings fields brimming with the radiant color from wide-open spaces densely populated with bluebonnets. It is a sea of blue.

Number 2--Stephenville, Texas

Cowboys, Horses, Cattle, Western Wear, and Education

Also Home of Tarleton State University--Founded in 1899 as a private, liberal arts college known then as John Tarleton College, the institution became a member of The Texas A&M University System in 1917, a four-year degree-granting institution in 1959 and gained status as a university in 1973. Visit Tarleton State University's website for more information about the school by clicking on the T

My oldest son and daughter both have degrees from Stephenville's TSU.

Stephenville Texas--Cowboy Capital of the World

Stephenville Texas--Cowboy Capital of the World
Stephenville Texas--Cowboy Capital of the World

Cowboy Texas Western Apparel - Stetson or Resistol?

Texas is known for cowboy hats. It is normal to see pickup trucks on the roads with either the driver wearing their hat or the hat placed on the dashboard.

I learned several years ago that people all over the world relate Texas with the cowboy hat. When I attended Hamburger University in the Chicago area, I met a fellow student from South Korea named Doo. When Doo learned that I was from Texas, he asked if I wore a cowboy hat and said that he would really like to have a Texas cowboy hat of his own. He thought anyone who lived in Texas must also wear a cowboy hat. And yes I have had a few of my own through the years!

Get your own Texas icon here . . . a Stetson or a Resistol-- two of the most common cowboy hat brands worn in Texas.

Tony Lama Men's Stallion 7901 Boot,Kango Stallion,9.5 D US
Tony Lama Men's Stallion 7901 Boot,Kango Stallion,9.5 D US

Tony Lama boots, made in El Paso, Texas complete the Texan look.

 

Texas Dairy Cattle

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Number 3--The Food

BBQ, Chicken Fried Steak, and Tex-Mex

BBQ, Tex-Mex, and home-cooking are a big part of life in Texas. Chicken-fried steak, fried okra, and sweet tea are home-cooking Texas traditions.

Having grown up in New Mexico, I personally prefer the flavor of Mexican food from New Mexico. And therefore, I usually lean more towards the Texas BBQ or Country Home Cookin' as my favorites found in abundance throughout Texas. But many come for miles just for a taste of the traditional Tex-Mex. Just experiment and decide for yourself what you like best, there are endless possibilities.

Railhead BBQ in Fort Worth--Some of the Best in Texas

Railhead BBQ in Fort Worth--Some of the Best in Texas
Railhead BBQ in Fort Worth--Some of the Best in Texas

The Magic Time Machine - In Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio

This is a dining experience that everyone should enjoy at least once. It is filled with great food, fun interaction, and always the unexpected. It will leave you laughing so hard your side will hurt.

My husband and I discovered this unique restaurant back in 1982 when we went with some friends to a Dallas Cowboy football game for the weekend. And we have been returning for more fun throughout the years with our children, friends, and family members.

Maybe your waiter will be Jack Sparrow, Babe Ruth, Billy the KId, Tinkerbell, Cinderella, Pebbles from the Flintstones, Minnie Mouse, Austin Powers, or even Superman. Our family has met them all plus others I can't remember. And don't forget the fun trip to the salad bar car where you can load up on all sorts of goodies!

The Magic Time Machine in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is actually located on Beltline Road in the suburb of Addison, Texas. Another location for The Magic Time Machine is in San Antonio. Make your reservations soon and get ready for a time like your have never found anywhere else.

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The Flag of the Lone Star State of Texas

The Flag of the Lone Star State of Texas
The Flag of the Lone Star State of Texas

Number 4--San Antonio

Historic Sites and Much More

Besides The Alamo, San Antonio offers Fiesta Texas, an amusement park which is a branch of Six Flags but has a definite Texas twist. Sea World is also found in San Antonio along with The Spurs basketball team. This big city in Texas is also home of the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk where you can take a boat ride and do lots of shopping.

The University of Texas Health and Science Center at San Antonio is the place for one of the best dental programs in the world. UTHSCSA is where my oldest son received his (DDS) Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

This famous Texas city also offers much more and you will definitely find it to be worth the trip. San Antonio offers a great Texas experience.

Remember the Alamo

Remember the Alamo
Remember the Alamo

Number 5--Dallas/Fort Worth

There is much to see and experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. This is where you will find Six Flags over Texas, The Texas Rangers baseball team, The Dallas Cowboys, and famous downtown Dallas.

Famous downtown Fort Worth is where the Fort Worth Stockyards are located. In between Dallas/Fort Worth you will find the DFW International airport, which is one of the largest in America

Dallas/Fort Worth

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The new Dallas Cowboy's Football StadiumThe Shuttle rode piggy-back on a 747 from CA to FL and stopped overnight in Fort WorthFamily time on baseLake Worth on military baseFort Worth sunset on military baseSix Flags RollerCoasterThe Mustang's at Las Colinas
The new Dallas Cowboy's Football Stadium
The new Dallas Cowboy's Football Stadium
The Shuttle rode piggy-back on a 747 from CA to FL and stopped overnight in Fort Worth
The Shuttle rode piggy-back on a 747 from CA to FL and stopped overnight in Fort Worth
Family time on base
Family time on base
Lake Worth on military base
Lake Worth on military base
Fort Worth sunset on military base
Fort Worth sunset on military base
Six Flags RollerCoaster
Six Flags RollerCoaster
The Mustang's at Las Colinas
The Mustang's at Las Colinas

When is the Best Time to Visit Six Flags Over Texas

Just a bit of inside information if you plan to visit Six Flags Over Texas. I have found it to be much more enjoyable to go during the Christmas Holidays, called "Holiday in the Park". The weather is much more comfortable; summertime there can make you feel like you are melting right into the ground.

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A Texas Map to Navigate the Wide-Open Spaces

A detailed map or a good GPS helps to find the best and most scenic backroads.

Fixin' to be Texan - Great Book to Learn Texas Culture

And you will find a lot of humor too! I bought this book for my sister and brother-in-law when they moved to Texas.

Top Two Texas Universities - UT or A&M

Many Texans distinguish themselves as either University of Texas (UT) or Texas A & M supporters, fans, or alumni. In our household, "Which Texas university is your favorite?" has become a difficult question for my husband and me to answer.

Our oldest son received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from UTHSC in San Antonio.

And our daughter's husband will continue his university studies, beginning this summer, at Texas A & M in College Station.

So we feel it is best for us to remain neutral on this subject.

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Texas Universities

Number 6--The Music and The Dance

Songs About Texas and Specific Texas Towns

Many songs are identifiable and characteristic to Texas life and culture. Our family moved to Texas when our daughter was six years old. Her first grade class did a springtime program about Texas and they sang some of these Texas songs. One I will always remember her singing was "Deep in the Heart of Texas". She learned the Texas way of speaking quickly and fit right in as if she had been in Texas all her life. The Texas accent she picked up has stuck with her, but it now is not as distinct as it was then.

I have chosen some of the Texas songs that have meaning to me personally due to childhood memories of my grandmother singing her favorites. She sang very well and I loved hearing her sing "El Paso". I drifted off to sleep many New Mexico nights on my grandparent's farm listening to my grandma sing "El Paso".

Another favorite song was "San Antonio Rose". Grandma had the Bob Wills recording and we listened to that throughout the days while Grandma did her household chores.

Famous Texas Songs About Famous Texas Towns

Amarillo by Morning

Abilene

El Paso

Luckenbach, Texas

San Antonio Rose

Songs About Texas

The Dance

Everything is Bigger in Texas ... Even the Rockin' Chairs

Everything is Bigger in Texas ... Even the Rockin' Chairs
Everything is Bigger in Texas ... Even the Rockin' Chairs

If the heat bothers you, you might prefer to visit Texas in any season but summer. Texas summers are hot!

Spring is a great time to visit if you like wildflowers. If we were blessed with a wet winter, bluebonnets will be abundant in the spring and will make the long drive through Texas worth your trip.

Number 7--Wide-Open Spaces in Central Texas - Oak Trees "Deep in the Heart of Texas"

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God Bless Texas

City Life or Country Life? - Which best describes you?

I believe a well-rounded person is comfortable in living both the country side of life and the city side. There are abundant joys found in each way of life to embrace and celebrate.

Would you describe yourself as a city person or a country person?

Number--8 Two Great Weekend Get-a-ways in Texas

Glen Rose and Granbury, Texas

The Inn on the RIver
The Inn on the RIver

Glen Rose, Texas

A Great Romantic Get-a-way

Stay at the Inn on the River

Enjoy fabulous meals prepared by a professional chef.

Sit in white adirondack chairs by the easy-flowing Paluxy River situated by century-old Oak Trees.

Enjoy the beautiful view of the green vegetation and watch the birds and squirrels play on the garden paths and trees.

This is a great peaceful place to get away from daily routines and relax.

To visit the Inn on the River website, click on the picture where I am standing out in front of the inn. My husband loves to take pictures on our travels.

Granbury, Texas - A Small Historic Town with Big Talent & Lots of Entertainment

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Lake GranburyTubing on Lake GranburyThe Granbury Opera House. A place to see plays with professional actors. For example, Judy Norton, aka Mary Ellen Walton has appeared here.Yes!  It's a real Drive-In theater, still in operation.  Great way to spend a summer night!
Lake Granbury
Lake Granbury
Tubing on Lake Granbury
Tubing on Lake Granbury
The Granbury Opera House. A place to see plays with professional actors. For example, Judy Norton, aka Mary Ellen Walton has appeared here.
The Granbury Opera House. A place to see plays with professional actors. For example, Judy Norton, aka Mary Ellen Walton has appeared here.
Yes!  It's a real Drive-In theater, still in operation.  Great way to spend a summer night!
Yes! It's a real Drive-In theater, still in operation. Great way to spend a summer night!

I've Been Everywhere--Texas-style - This is a catchy, lively song about many Texas towns. How does this guy manage to breathe, he talks so fast?

The Song That Speedily Names a Majority of Texas Cities

Number 9--Austin, Texas

The State Capital of Texas

Austin is also known as "The Live Music Capital of the World". There are plenty of exciting things to find and do while in Austin, Texas. However, it always seemed that when I ended up in Austin, it was for business. And you don't normally get many fun things accomplished while sitting in hotel conference rooms listening to the latest corporate direction and promotions. Our McDonald's Restaurant business required us to visit the state capital on many occasions.

However, on one of those occasions the marketing department brought Austin to our festivities planned at the hotel. This business meeting became very memorable with the western theme. We all dressed up in authentic western apparel and the ambiance was conducive to the theme with real live armadillos present. Also we were all given the opportunity to have our picture taken sitting upon an over one-ton Texas Longhorn Steer. Luckily the steer was very mild mannered and the hard part was just getting up on his back ... a stepladder was necessary.

Then there was one trip my husband and I made to Austin which was not directly related to business. We were invited to attend the 2007 Inauguration of Rick Perry as Governor of Texas. Being present for this historic event and attending the Inaugural Ball that night was an unforgettable and unique experience. It was a very enjoyable and fun celebration.

The entertainment provided a truly Texas atmosphere beginning with Clay Walker, a famous country singer. In all, there were three entertainers invited to perform ...next to sing was Mary Wilson one of the Supremes who sang with Diana Ross, and then, Ted Nugent,an American guitarist, musician, singer. I have pictures to share of Clay Walker and Ted Nugent, but could not find my pictures of Mary Wilson.

In the dance pictures and the one of Rick Perry speaking, my husband and I were only a few feet away standing by and talking to Rick Perry's parents; they were a real pleasure to meet.

Austin is a great destination bringing its own special addition to the true Texas experience!

Attending the Governor's Inaugural Ball - Rick Perry's 2007 Inaugration

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Our invitations to the Inauguration and to the Governor's Ball.The 2007 Inauguration booklet, with the official Texas seal, given to all invited to attend the events.Heading of 1st page1st page of Inauguration BookletGovernor Rick PerryGovernor and Mrs. Perry dance the 1st dance.  Their children also help begin the festivities.Some younger family members dance with the GovernorClay Walker performing a Texas version of "Sweet Home Alabama"Ted Nugent performs, ending the celebration
Our invitations to the Inauguration and to the Governor's Ball.
Our invitations to the Inauguration and to the Governor's Ball.
The 2007 Inauguration booklet, with the official Texas seal, given to all invited to attend the events.
The 2007 Inauguration booklet, with the official Texas seal, given to all invited to attend the events.
Heading of 1st page
Heading of 1st page
1st page of Inauguration Booklet
1st page of Inauguration Booklet
Governor Rick Perry
Governor Rick Perry
Governor and Mrs. Perry dance the 1st dance.  Their children also help begin the festivities.
Governor and Mrs. Perry dance the 1st dance. Their children also help begin the festivities.
Some younger family members dance with the Governor
Some younger family members dance with the Governor
Clay Walker performing a Texas version of "Sweet Home Alabama"
Clay Walker performing a Texas version of "Sweet Home Alabama"
Ted Nugent performs, ending the celebration
Ted Nugent performs, ending the celebration

Number 10--The Beautiful Gulf Coast of Texas - Galveston, Rockport, Matagorda, and out in the Gulf of Mexico

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Rockport, TexasRockport, TexasDeep-sea Fishing in the Gulf of MexicoGalveston dock, taken from Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship just prior to departureLeaving GalvestonView on board Cruise ShipMatagorda, Texas boat dockHorseback riding on Matagorda beach, Gulf of MexicoTexas beach, Gulf of Mexico
Rockport, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Deep-sea Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
Deep-sea Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
Galveston dock, taken from Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship just prior to departure
Galveston dock, taken from Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship just prior to departure
Leaving Galveston
Leaving Galveston
View on board Cruise Ship
View on board Cruise Ship
Matagorda, Texas boat dock
Matagorda, Texas boat dock
Horseback riding on Matagorda beach, Gulf of Mexico
Horseback riding on Matagorda beach, Gulf of Mexico
Texas beach, Gulf of Mexico
Texas beach, Gulf of Mexico

Port at Galveston--The Place to Board a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Port at Galveston--The Place to Board a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship
Port at Galveston--The Place to Board a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

A Wounded Daughter's Survival - A story of hope and healing

A Wounded Daughter's Survival is the book I wrote about triumph over adversity. It contrasts dysfunctional family life to functional family life. There are elements of romance, joy, and concrete ways that make a family work and grow in lifelong bonded relationships. It is an emotional journey of tragedy, victory, tears, thrills, heart-warming moments, and even a death to life experience. It also includes, through personal permission from the singer/song- writer, lyrics of a popular song. A song which fits perfectly to describe a miracle experienced, after surviving a deadly tragedy.

Photo credit: All photos appearing on this page are mine.

Thank Y'all for Visiting, Your Comments are Welcome Here-- - Do you have a Texas story you would like to share?

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Great overview of your great state!

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      kepezzo 3 years ago

      not yet, but I hope I will have some stories of travelling across Texas one day. More I read on Squidoo, the longer is things-to-do list . great lens.

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      @smine27: It is just as good as it looks; hope you get to try it sometime. Thanks for visiting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I would visit Texas just to try the barbecue. Looks so good!

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you!

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      This is such a great lens. Although I've never been to Texas, I used to work for Rand McNally and designed fold maps for Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Galveston.

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      amal-jose-37 4 years ago

      love country side

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I travel to Texas often, love the countryside.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Back in the 1990s I crossed Texas looking for a vegetarian restaurant - I quickly realized we were in the wrong part of the world. The scenery and the wildlife were amazing, and there was a craze for buffet restaurants at the time so no-one starved and we had a great time.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Thanks for letting me know a bit more about Texas. The only place that I am familiar with is Huston and the zoo that is there.

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      I am a Texan and I live in Waco. My son is half Filipino but instead of calling him a "Filipino American" or a "Fil-AM," I tell him that he is really a "TexaPino." Thank you for the kind words about my state (country).

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      geosum 4 years ago

      We enjoyed a visit to San Antonio last year. There's still other places to visit.

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I would sure love to visit Texas some day ... there is so much to see and do!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a great time when visiting Dallas, Texas. Just a great place, big homes, and great people. Thank you for writing this lens. Brings back fond memories.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Never visited but have dream to visit TEXAS :)

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      BW Duerr 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Thanks so much for the wonderful virtual tour of your adopted home state. I sincerely believe that people who move to a new location are better prepared to appreciate all the things that the locals may pass right by. (Or just hadn't made the time to visit yet. :)

      I love BBQ, really, really, LOVE Sweet Tea, but, oops, like my Chili with meat and beans. I know... Totally un-Texas of me, but does 2 out of 3 allow me to be an honorary Texan while visiting? :)

      Thanks so much

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      ericsdorsey 4 years ago

      I was smart and married a woman from Texas. Great lens topic!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, I enjoyed immensely, squidliked and pinned. I am just 400 points from joining you on level 64, always playing catchup lol.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I've only spent a few hours at Texas airports. However, if things continue to go downhill in California, we may be Texas bound one day.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Yeeeee Hawwwww. There is no place like Texas!!! I enjoyed seeing your recommendations of places to visit. I live here and haven't see it all. P.S. a song you might add about Texas Towns is Galveston by Glenn Campbell.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      My sister just moved to Texas. (a very long way from me)---I miss her so much! ;( But she really is enjoying Texas so far. It really looks beautiful! Blessed ;)

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      Srena44 4 years ago

      great lens

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      This lens is now a Featured Lens in my Texas Heritage Tourism lens! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Steve Martaindale 4 years ago

      From one proud Texan to another ... wonderful lens. Thanks.

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm a proud Texan. I'd like to see Big Bend National Park somewhere on your list, and also Canyon, Texas. Canyon is not only scenic and beautiful in itself, but it features an outdoor play that takes place on a stage carved into the canyon walls. It's amazing. Finally, you could add one of our amazing cave tours. Inner Space Caverns is one of my favorite.

      I went to Tarleton for a semester and really didn't like it at all in Stephenville, so I ended up transferring. So, in my humble opinion, I'd like to see it replaced on your list with one of our more interesting tourist attractions.

      *~Blessed~* by a fellow Texan.

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      AustinReloGuide 4 years ago

      I'm biased, of course, but Austin should have been #1. ;-)

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      Wow, you've included so much! Great lens! I lived in Houston for a decade and miss the state so much! You've done a great job at highlighting what is so wonderful about Texas.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I actually have a lot of them. But don't have the room nor the time to share any right now.

      TonyB

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I would so love to return and visit again.

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      splendidbaker lm 5 years ago

      Lived in Dallas, Texas all my adult life and have traveled everywhere but there is truly no place like HOME. Go Rangers, Mavs and Cowboys :)

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      I like visiting Texas. I have family there.

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 5 years ago

      Years ago I went to Austin, I really liked all the live music there.

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      SpenceG 5 years ago

      Texas is such a big state that it will require several trips to see sites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great. I want to travel Texas with my friends.

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      ccsonian 5 years ago

      As we have traveled the US we have found the friendliest people in Texas. :) And good hamburgers at Whataburger

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      JCarruthers 5 years ago

      I have never been to Texas, but this lens might just get me on a plane :)

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I am living in north east, but I visited Texas 3 times, I am not an expert in TX, but what I noticed, and saw with my eyes... i love it. great lens Thanks

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      ccsonian 5 years ago

      Whataburger, Dallas, TX we were driving from CO to FL. By the time we had finished out burgers we had new best friends. Local people we had met at the whataburger. Texans are very friendly and it is refreshing.

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      mary-humphrey 5 years ago

      I have never been there but want to go badly. You have an awesome lens, and thanks for visiting mine.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      My cousin is currently living in Texas and I would love to go see Cowboys stadium one day. That would be Amazing!!

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      I'm sure I'll get there one day.

      But for now will a blessing suffice?

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      Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      Jake & Dorothy's Cafe in Stephenville is worth the drive! Chicken fried steak & waffle fries. Second visit to this page, as I love everything Texas!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Been to San Antonio and hope to visit again. Your lens makes me want to see the entire state! Great lens and Angel Blessed!!!

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      angelsigh 5 years ago

      Great Texas lens...you done good!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      You make a good case for visiting Texas. Perhaps someday I'll get out of the great north and head your way for a visit. Nice lens. d

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @Violin-Student: Thanks for this information. I have not heard a perspective of "Texas Big" described this way before. It's extremely interesting and proves a "big" point. Love the mention of the short-cut through Oklahoma, I have done that before. Thank you for the comment.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Thanks to all for your encouraging and kind comments. Receiving a Purple Star is a huge honor that I am grateful for. I hope all of you wishing to visit Texas will make it here some day soon :) And a BIG TEXAS HOWDY to all my fellow Texans :) It's nice to know there are a lot more than I realized here on Squidoo!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks for the info Skiesgreen. Nice added touch of trivia to enhance. I appreciate your input.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Lovely lens on a great state. The song I've Been Everywhere Man was written by Australian musician Geoff Mack in 1959 and featured Australian towns, It was sung by Lucky Starr in 1962 and was later adapted to North American towns by Hank Snow in 1966. Festured this on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Never been but would love to visit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been to Texas a few times and would love to go back and visit again.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I've only been to TX once, where I had to drive to Jefferson from Dallas. It was a long, hard drive, which only covered a tiny smidgin of the state. Wow. Everything really IS bigger in Texas!

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      tssfacts 5 years ago

      I lived in Ft. Worth for over six years. It was a state that I never wanted to move to and I went fighting when I had to leave. One day I will return when the time is right.

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      Bugsniper 5 years ago

      I grew up in Wisconsin and currently reside in Texas. And I don't care how hot it gets here . . . I'm staying. My slogan is Yankee by birth, Texan by choice.

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      Violin-Student 5 years ago

      I moved to TX in 1986. I never realized just how big TX is until I heard a man say that if you flipped the state, pivoting on its eastern-most point El Paso would wind up in the Atlantic Ocean. Flip the state pivoting on its western-most point and the Texas would extend well into the Pacific ocean. Flip the state pivoting on its northern border and Brownsville's lattitude would be just a few miles south of Montreal's. We live near Dallas. It would take us more than nine hours to drive south to my daughter's birthplace. (Yes, she was born in Texas.) We could drive to the northern border of Texas in just over six hours if we take the short cut through Oklahoma.

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      So well deserved purple little star :)

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Great lens with lovely pictures. You've given 10 great reasons to visit Texas, hope I'll get there next year. Well done on your thoroughly deserved purple star.

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      Glenn619 5 years ago

      Had a nice tour of Texas here, hope to visit it one day as well :)

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Your lens is done beautifully. I enjoyed the song of Texas and the photographs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! I lived in Fort Worth for five years and loved it. My favorite Texas saying: "Never ask someone if they're from Texas. If they are, they'll tell you. And if they're not, why embarrass them?"

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I enjoyed all the pictures and the barbeque dinner was my favorite. LOL

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      gold3 5 years ago

      Great lens to show off Texas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No, but I love Texas.

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      LOVE this lens! I live in Texas now too (near SA)! I have lived all over the world and a few years ago the Army stationed us here... then they moved us to D.C. we fought like crazy to get back (once you have been spoiled by the hospitality nothing else will do) and finally we made it. We bought a cute little house and hubby is separating from the military soon (will have about 9 in) so that we can stay here! Texas is the BEST!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      We went to my husbands 15th Vietnam Vet reunion in San Antonio, we visited other towns and sites...it was really nice!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, I enjoyed every minute of it. This is very enlightening for anyone wanting to know more about Texas! You've done a wonderful job on it.Thank you for sharing.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      You have certainly captured many great reasons to love Texas. Having lived in Texas for many, many years, I have to say the wildflowers are right at the top of my list. Also, as one who lived on the Gulf Coast, the shorebirds and sea turtles will always be favorites of mine. I also lived in San Antonio, where I truly appreciated the culture, fiesta spirit, and delicious food. Thanks for bringing back so many fabulous memories. Texans are beautiful people. Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      The bluebonnets and other wildflowers are amazing this year. Just came back from Galveston and was treated to a beautiful ride. Enjoyed the trek across our great state! p.s. No UT or A&M for me - we are all about purple - TCU!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Big Texan blessings to you.

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Excellent! Everything is bigger and better in Texas.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wow, fantastic page about my home state. You might like mine about San Antonio. I have relatives all over Texas, and am in the 4th generation of a Texas settler.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Not been there yet, know someone from there and he misses some of the easy friendliness of it.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Not been there yet, know someone from there and he misses some of the easy friendliness of it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It looks lie a wonderful place and so different to where I am from in Sydney

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I sure enjoyed learning more about the beautiful state of Texas. One of these days I want to see the Alamo.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I simply had to come back and say, I want to go with you on your next "business" trip to Austin! I would be scared to death of that steer, but I would sure want that picture! I have always been fascinated by little armadillos. It may sound odd, but I find them adorable :)

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      My dearest friend from childhood lives in Texas so it definitely holds a special place for me. I really enjoyed your lens and all the fabulous information! The flowers in hill country are beautiful to see:)

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      Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      Native Texan, and proud of it! Yes, everything is bigger in Texas! If you don't believe it, go to the State Fair & see Big Tex! He's huge! This is a great article for anyone wanting to know more about visiting Texas. It has something for everyone!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've not made it to Texas yet, but definitely want to visit. I'd love to see the Gulf Coast and see the Cowboys play.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We live in Arkansas and have visited Texas on several occasions. You're right, it's like a country unto itself with lots of differences in climate and culture in the various parts of the state. Easy to tell that you're a proud Texan through and through!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I want to go to the Magic Time Machine! Very well done lens.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      I was born in Marfa, Texas but have only visited on occasion. I would love to spend more time there for all the reasons you cite.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      My most distinctive Texas memory is of a gigantic snowstorm in Amarillo driving through one year!!! ;-)

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @Country-Sunshine: Thanks for your input fellow Texan. Yes the Texas highways are absolutely beautiful right now! My husband and I took a trip north of Abilene last week and that is where a couple of my pictures came from. Texas is a great place to live.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Yes, God Bless Texas! An awesome state with so much to do and see! And the people in TX are awesome...I have always enjoyed my time there. :) Great lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Wow! What a fabulous article on Texas and the many reasons it is such a great state! Most Excellent!

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Proud to say I'm from Texas! You pointed out some of the greatest places in our state. The bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are in full bloom right now. Thanks so much for writing this article!