Six Cities With Plenty To Offer Texas
From Danno Wise
Texas is a vast state, full of small towns, historic landmarks,
state parks and other attractions that draw visitors year
after year. However, believe it or not, the majority of first-time
visitors coming to Texas head to the major cities. Whether
for business or pleasure, Texas’ top six cities offer
visitors plenty of option. 1. Austin –
Located in Central Texas, Austin is the state capitol and
boasts of population of just over 650,000. Austin is home
to the University of Texas, the Texas State Capitol, Governor’s
Mansion, Senate, and House of Representatives, all of which
attract a variety of visitors. The UT football, baseball,
basketball and volleyball teams draw spectators to home games.
Nearby Lake Travis, as well as Town Lake and Lake Austin are
popular destinations for fishermen, water skiers, swimmers
and water sport enthusiasts. But, more than anything, Austin
is famous for its music. Regardless of what time of year you
visit, there will be plenty of entertainment, lodging and
dining options available for you in Austin.
2. Corpus Christi – The gem of the
Coastal Bend, Corpus is home to 280,000 people. Recent years
have seen Corpus take huge leaps in building attractions.
The Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington are among the top
visitor destinations in the state. Of course, being a “beach
town,” Corpus also boasts an impressive stretch of shore.
The Padre Island National Seashore stretches from Corpus south
75 miles to the Port Mansfield Cut. This isolated stretch
of beach has gained recognition as a sea turtle nesting ground,
as well as being a favorite spot for fishermen, sun seekers
and beach goers. Corpus also features an impressive number
of quality hotels, restaurants and museums.
3. Dallas – The metropolitan hub of
Northeast Texas’ Prairies and Lakes region, Dallas draws
thousands of business and pleasure visitors annually. With
1.2 million people calling it home, Dallas is truly a major
city and has the amenities one would expect from a city of
that size. Of course, most people relate Dallas to the Cowboys.
But, while there are plenty of tourists who head to Texas
Stadium to watch the ‘Boys each year, Dallas has much
more to offer visitors. Dallas boasts world-class shopping,
theatre, and accommodations. While your in town, don’t
miss seeing the horses at Lone Star Park.
4. El Paso – An enduring symbol of
the Old Southwest, El Paso is a unique destination located
at the far corner of Big Bend country in West Texas and is
home to just over a half-million people. In addition to top
quality hotels, restaurants and attractions, El Paso is a
great jumping off point for a “two-nation vacation,”
with many tourists heading across the border to shop in Mexico.
Like other western destinations, El Paso is also famous for
its year around golf weather.
5. San Antonio – Probably the most
recognized “tourist town” in Texas, San Antonio
is a true metropolis, with over 1 million individuals residing
there. San Antonio is a unique blend of historic landmarks
such as the Alamo, world-class dining and hotels along the
Riverwalk, and modern attractions such as SeaWorld Texas.
With plenty to do and see, San Antonio is a favorite with
visitors 12 months a year.
6. Houston – The largest city in Texas,
with nearly 2 million in the city and 4 million in the metro
area, Houston offers visitors a wide range of amenities. Houston’s
new Downtown Aquarium is among the long list of attractions,
which includes Johnson Space Center, Six Flags Astroworld,
and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. And, of course,
there are a variety of top-flight restaurants, hotels and
events available in Houston all year long.
So, while there are a number of “out-of-the-way”
towns and attractions to visit in Texas, if you are looking
for a sure thing, you can’t go wrong with one of Texas’