They say everything is bigger in Texas…
They say everything is bigger in Texas and there’s a reason for that! Known as the “Lone Star State”, Texas is the second-largest and second-most populous state in the South in the United States of America. Owing to its remarkable size, distinctive culture and politics, and colourful history, many Texans maintain a fiercely independent attitude, with Texan identity often superseding American identity.
Texas has a rich heritage having existed under six different nations (France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America) and has maintained its fascinating independent spirit, making for a unique and unrivalled exploration ground for any intrigued and intrepid adventurer.
We look at two of its best-known cities, Houston and Dallas and check out the must do’s and the weird but great to do in each city.
Houston, aka Space City, is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States. While urban sprawl is synonymous with Houston, the districts closest to Downtown offer visitors a vast array of choices in a relatively small area. Houston is multicultural and diverse, home to some of the nation’s largest Latino, African American and Asian American populations. It boasts an eclectic museum and arts scene, vibrant shopping, and has become a burgeoning destination for food lovers. And of course, is the home to NASA Space Centre.
You can’t go to Space city without visiting the amazing Space Centre. No surprise it has lots of American space history, and lots of exciting exhibits about the future of space travel.
Another great place to visit, which may not be first on your list of things to visit, is the National Museum of Funeral History. Yep, we thought it was weird too. However, it’s an awesome day out, with everything you need to know about funerals but were too afraid to ask but also includes traditions such as the pope burials and a recreation of Abraham Lincoln’s state funeral.
Dallas is a wonderful place with a great deal to offer and an immense and diverse set of attractions, food, and people. From the ultra-modern and posh Uptown and Victory Park developments to the old-town elegance and upper-crust attitude of Turtle Creek, to the largely-suburban feel of North Dallas, to some of the struggling neighbourhoods of West Dallas, it is virtually impossible to neatly categorize Dallas beyond this. It is a large city, and with that in mind, you should enjoy visiting Dallas.
Dallas came under the world’s gaze in 1963, when Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F Kennedy. And so you would expect that there is a great deal of interest in where it happened in Dealey Plaza including museums and tours and is a must-do on your Dallas visit list.
Worth a visit and again slightly weird is a 30ft art installation called ‘Eye’ and it is literally that! A huge eyeball, complete with the red veins! An insta hit for the ‘like something different’ traveller.
Thanks to Wikitravel.org for some of the tips !