Texas – The Lone Star State

Texas – the second largest and most populous US state, plays a huge role in the development of agriculture and cattle breeding in America, in addition, it is an important industrial and economic center.

The capital of Texas is Austin.

The name of the state comes from the Indian word taysha, which in translation from the language of the Caddo tribes means “friend” or “ally”.

Palo Duro Canyon in North Texas

Texas cities

The largest cities in the state:

  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Arlington
  • Houston
  • Corpus Christi

How to get to Texas

Texas is located on the border with Mexico, next to it are the US states of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana.

By plane and train

Texas has several international airports, the largest of which is located in Dallas – Dallas / Fort Worth. In addition, there are major airports in Houston, San Antonio, El Paso and Austin.

From other states, three Amtrak trains arrive in Texas – The Texas Eagle, Heartland Flyer and Sunset Limited.

By car

The state is crossed by 10 federal highways – No. 10, 20, 27, 30, 35, 37, 40, 44, 45, 110, through which you can come to Texas from Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana. You can also get to Texas from Mexico.

If you plan to travel around Texas by car, remember not to rely on luck and always have a supply of gas with you. You should observe the speed limit near any settlements – they really strictly monitor this there. Some areas of Texas top the U.S. road accident statistics, so be careful.

On the ship

There are several major ports in Texas where passenger ships arrive, including Houston, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Beaumont, and Brownsville.

Weather in Texas

Texas is located in two climate zones. In the south of the state, along the coast, a hot subtropical climate prevails, and in the central part and in the north the climate is continental, with an average winter temperature of +1 °C to +15 °C and an average summer temperature of +25 °C to +30 °C. The western part of the state is quite arid, with frequent tornadoes in the center and occasional tropical rainfall along the coast.

Transport

To move around the state, it is quite convenient to use Greyhound buses, Amtrak trains, or the services of any of the major and local airlines serving airports.

Texas cuisine

Barbecue is an important part of any true Texan’s diet. In addition to the usual recipes throughout America, Texas has several of its own. Chili is also considered the official dish: here you can try many varieties of this dish, including the original original Texas chili prepared without beans.

Tex-Mex is a distinct cuisine born from a combination of Texan and Mexican culinary traditions. Chicken steaks are another extremely popular dish in Texas. They are made with breaded chicken and fried in oil, usually served with spicy sauce, mashed potatoes and beans.

In addition, several popular beers are produced in Texas, including Shiner Bock, the state’s highest-selling beer, and Lone Star Beer, considered the “national beer of Texas.”

Entertainment and attractions in Texas

The King Ranch is the largest ranch in the state, located on the Gulf Coast. El Paso – the largest city on the border with Mexico – is the center of Spanish culture in all of America. Nature lovers should visit the Big Bend National Park, through which the Rio Grande flows. many Texas wildlife can be seen in the Park, and at the western entrance is the old ghost town of Terlingua, home of the annual Chili Festival.

Also in Texas there is the National Park “Guadalupe”, which is the peak of Guadalupe – the highest point in the state, McKittrick Canyon and a beautiful oasis. Also of interest are the Hill Country, vast fields full of wild flowers and cattle ranches, and Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the state.

Texas - The Lone Star State