The Lone Star State of Texas is the second-largest state in the U.S. by both size and population. One of the biggest draws of Texas is its varying geography- lay by the beach on the Texas coast, go on a wildflower tour of the hill country, and hike through the rocky Natural Bridge Caverns. Below are a few things to know before visiting Texas.
Texas isn’t exactly known for its beaches, but with over 600 miles of coastal beaches, Texas is one of the best states in the US if you’re a fan of crashing out, relaxing beside the sea or playing a game of volleyball. Manned with a lifeguard 365 days a year, groomed and cleaned daily with playgrounds and food stalls on sight, Texas’ beaches are amongst the best in the country!
The Texas state capitol, Austin, boasts many great things to do. One of which is a lively music scene. In Austin, you can find everything from country and western to grunge and pop. The city holds the title of live music capital of the world due to the fact that it has the most live music venues per capita in the nation, boasting more than 250 concert venues.
Of course, there’s cowboys, rodeos and dude ranches, but Texas is also a cultural hotbed for arts with a thriving music scene. Particularly in Austin, which is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, and museums aplenty, especially in Houston, which is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, and also to a frequently visited visual and performing arts scene in the Theatre District. Texas’s major cities offer something for everyone, that’s why they’re so great!
Affordable Big City Living
Recognized as the city with the lowest cost of living in the U.S., El Paso’s affordability is one of the area’s major selling points for new residents. With no state income tax, paychecks go a little further with the local housing market as well. In fact, El Paso houses for sale are 30% lower than the national average, with a median home price of around $119,300. El Paso even has a first-time homebuyer program available through the city. So if you’re thinking of buying a home, moving to El Paso might be worth it for you.
Take in Nature
There are enough state and national parks to keep outdoor enthusiasts happy in Texas. Hiking, camping, and boating are all popular activities in the state, but there are other attractions, too, like the ancient pictographs at the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site and the rare sea turtles of Padre Island National Seashore.