Travel Guide - East
When folks think about Texas, images that usually come to mind involve wide horizons and tumbleweeds. Well, Texas is awfully big, and it isn't all mesas and cactus. In East Texas, the forest is the dominant landscape. When it comes to fall foliage, one Texan would say, "Why go the East Coast when we can just go to the East?" East Texas' great trees, both evergreen and deciduous, turn into a stunning display of color when the sassafras, maple, persimmons and dogwoods change with the season. The seasons continue to shape this luxurious landscape as winter approaches and East Texas becomes a yule tide enchantment. The small towns of East Texas are transformed into the quaint winter wonderlands of youths gone by. Town squares glisten with twinkling lights, parades and holiday parties are abundant.
As the seasons change, Tyler is a great place to be for the spring. For some reason, the soil just seems to want to see things grow in Tyler, especially flowers. Tyler is known for it's roses, many located at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, the largest in the nation.
For a flavor of Texas history during its struggle for independence, look no further than Nacogdoches. One of Texas' oldest communities, it was originally established in the 1700's as a Spanish fort and later was the site of three short-lived republics. In 1832, the opening shots of the Texas Revolution were fired here, as citizens fought a Mexican garrison in the center of town and were successful in forcing the Mexican troops out of East Texas.