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    You’re just not dressed without a hat & boots

How to enjoy Texas

Cowboy culture, Tex-Mex food and the Alamo: Texas can be summed up pretty easily. Or can it? What about world-class museums in Dallas? Or the gorgeous beaches on Padre Island? It turns out there’s more to Texas than Stetsons and salsa

  • Houston is performing arts central and is among the only U.S. cities with theatre, symphony, ballet and opera companies in residence
  • Shopping is big in Big D, so hit Fairmont Street for unique shops and galleries, while the suburb of Plano has the luxe Shops at Legacy
  • Hit the museum jackpot: View sculpture and Spanish masters in Dallas, the space center in Houston and Latin American art in San Antonio

An ad campaign a few years back claimed the Lone Star State was like a whole other country—now that’s truth in advertising. Residents are fiercely proud of their unique culture, a blend of red, white and blue patriotism and South-of-the-border influence. And while the state is now a technology and business mecca, Texans still say, “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir”—even when inviting you to go to hell.

Unless you’re flying from city to city (or love driving), this massive state requires that you pick a spot and stay put. The tough part, of course, is narrowing it down. The cosmopolitan Dallas-Fort Worth area is the museum hub of the southwest U.S. Houston attracts both NASA fans and performing arts lovers. Then there’s San Antonio’s scenic Riverwalk and Austin’s music culture. Choices, choices...

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    When to visit Texas

    With a state so big, it’s hard to speak in generalities. The one exception is summer, which is hot and dry pretty much across the board. The other seasons vary, though the northern parts deliver roughly what you’d expect of a four-season destination. In more southern locales, it’s not unusual to need shorts in January.

Hotels we adore in Texas

  • Did you know

    Texas is the country’s second-largest state, which explains why there’s room for everything from beaches to canyons to deserts.

  • The local view

    Don’t even think about booking the Gulf Coast resort areas during March, when college spring breakers turn it into party central.

  • Gourmet Guide

    Craving some of that famous Texas beef? Houston’s Strip House pairs prime cuts with gastronomic delights like truffled spinach—while winking at its name through retro pinup wall art.

  • Did you know

    There’s still a cattle drive every day in Fort Worth (Dallas’ sister city), where you can see dogies trotting through the Stockyards district

  • The local view

    Leave your car at home when shopping Dallas’ Uptown area; the McKinney Avenue trolley lets you hop off whenever a boutique or gallery calls your name.

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