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Welcome to the Wild West - a Texas Vacation

Texas, the icon of American cowboy culture, stretches from the southwestern United States to the mid-South. After sprawling Alaska in the north, Texas is the second largest state in terms of area: it covers almost 700,000 square kilometers. In addition, the Lone Star State, as Texas is known because of the "lonely" star on its flag, is the state with the second largest population—about 25 million people live there. Texas shares a border with Mexico to the south, New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast and Louisiana to the east.

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Where in Texas should you go on vacation?

Every region of Texas has its own charms. Grab a rental car to explore the state on a road trip, or spend your vacation in just one area.

The rolling hills of Texas Hill Country

The Hill Country region is considered the heart of Texas. This area has it all: sleepy towns, big cities, and sprawling nature. Hikers will love the well-developed hiking network in the region. On an drive down Farm Road 1323 you will pass fields full of wildflowers and impressive rolling hills. Another panoramic route is Farm Road 337. Highlights include the Edwards Plateau and Austin, the capital.

Tarrant County in the northern midsection

In the northern part of the state, there are many lakes where you can relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. Extensive hiking tours in the surrounding area let you reconnect with nature. It is also home to the exciting twin cities of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Our Pirate Tip: Fort Worth's Stockyards District runs a small herd of Longhorn cattle through the streets twice a day, a popular tourist attraction that gives insight into the state's history.

The cotton region in northern Texas

This dry region in the north of the state is known for its vast prairie. It borders the Great Plains, which are used extensively for agricultural purposes, particularly the cultivation of cotton. The Llano Estacado is a popular attraction in the north, consisting of unusual rock formations and steep slopes.

Beach vacations on the coast

Do you want to swim in the ocean or maybe just drive along the coast? Then the Gulf Coast is the best region in Texas for you. You can visit the picturesque port cities or take a tour on one of the offshore islands.

Big Bend Country: canyons and deserts in one National Park

If you're looking for Impressive nature, look no further than Big Bend National Park. Located in the south of the state close to Mexico, it covers 3,200 square kilometers in total and is characterized by a desert-like landscape. Nature lovers will be amazed by the many types of cacti that grow there.

The east of Texas

In the east, Texas is dominated by swamps and pine forests. It's a great place to immerse yourself in both civil rights and civil war history in cities like Nacogdoches or Tyler.

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