Travel Guide - Texas
Explore the Many Regions of Texas
The inns of the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association make ideal home bases for exploring the great state of Texas.
Central Texas is the hub of education and culture for the state. Austin is home to the University of Texas, a thriving arts & entertainment scene, over 200 parks and some of the finest golf courses in the nation. Nearby College Station offers Texas A&M University and the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum. The world famous Blue Bell Creameries is located a bit south in Brenham.
Texas isn't all wide spaces, tumbleweeds, mesas and cactus. Much of East Texas is lushly forested with evergreen and deciduous trees that explode with color in the fall. The communities of East Texas become an enchanted winter wonderland during the holiday season. Spring brings abundant flowers, especially roses, to Tyler. Explore the history of the state's struggle for independence year-round at Nacogdoches.
The Texas Gulf Coast lies along the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the nation stretch 350 miles from the Rio Grande Valley to South Padre Island. The island & coastal getaways include Galveston, Port Aransas, Mustang Island and Corpus Christi. The Texas Gulf Coast offers world class fishing, dolphin watching, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding & swimming on the water and golf, entertainment, shopping, dining, bird watching and tennis on the land.
The Texas Hill Country is a land of ranches as large as small counties and as small as a single family who round up their cattle on horseback. Beyond the ranches, pristine springs, seasonal wildflowers, world class hunting and world famous BBQ brings visitors in to enjoy the unique "fit for a king, available to the everyman" culture that thrives here. Fredericksburg offers a rich German heritage, the enormous pink granite dome in the nearby Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and more. The London Dancehall in nearby Junction is one of the oldest dance venues in Texas.
Bordered by the Red River, North Texas is a diverse region featuring both one of the most populous metropolitan centers in the Southwest and wide swaths of beautiful countryside. Dallas is home to impressive architecture at White Rock Lake & Turtle Creek, museums, and a fashion & dining center. Fort Worth offers the urban cowboy appeal of the Stockyards National Historic District. Play at Six Flags Theme Park in Arlington. Enjoy the water sports of the Brazos River.
Wide flatland vistas dominate the Texas Panhandle horizon, where agricultural and petroleum industries abound. Explore the ancient Spanish trading post at Adobe Walls. Enjoy golfing & fishing at the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Discover the birthplace & home of Buddy Holly and make a splash at Texas Water Rampage at Lubbock. Ride the Texas Tornado roller coaster & other thrill rides at Wonderland Amusement Park and see the Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum in Amarillo.
South Texas remains, in many ways, little changed from the days it was owned by Mexico. That history lives on today at the Alamo in San Antonio and other missions from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. San Antonio also offers the world famous Riverwalk, which evokes Venice and may be enjoyed on foot or by boat, plus the San Antonio Zoo, Seaworld, a Six Flags theme park, the shopping & attractions of the historic La Villita neighborhood, the 100 foot waterfall of Cascade Caverns and more.
Look close enough at the awesome desert vistas of West Texas and your will see that what appears to be a barren landscape actually thrives with life. Big Bend National Park offers desert, mountain and river activities for the outdoor enthusiast including hiking, rafting, jeep expeditions and ATV tours. The town of Alpine is home of the Sul Ross State University. Mysterious night-time lights are a prime draw of Marfa, a town that evokes a historic West Texas settlement while welcoming an influx of arts and part-time residents from the major cities of Texas and beyond.