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Texas is a state in both the southern and western regions of the United States. The state is second largest in area (after Alaska) and population (after California).

Welcome to Texas

The state capital of Texas is Austin, and the largest city is Houston. Other major cities in Texas include Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, San Antonio and Waco.

There are many tourist attractions and points of interest in Texas including:
  1. Forbidden Gardens in Katy: The Forbidden Gardens is an outdoor museum of Chinese culture and history, which contains a 1/20th scale model of the Forbidden City. Additionally, there are 6,000 1/3 scale figures from the Terracotta Army.

  2. Moody Gardens in Galveston: Moody Gardens contains three pyramid-structures, inside of which are the largest aquarium in the world, rainforest fauna and flora, and science exhibits and activities. Additionally, there is a landscaped sandy beach, an IMAX theater, and a paddlewheel cruise boat.

  3. Plano Balloon Festival in Plano: This festival is an annual event. As well as hot-air balloons, the festival offers many other activities including as live music, children's activities, and food.

  4. SeaWorld San Antonio in San Antonio: The famous marine-based theme and zoological park.

  5. State Fair of Texas in Dallas: The State Fair is a very large annual event. It offers many attractions including the largest ferris wheel in North a America, a college football game, and even an Auto Show. The fair is particularly known for its high-fat foods such as deep-fried cheesecake, deep-fried Oreo cookies, pork ribs and corn dogs.

  6. Texas Rose Festival in Tyler: The Texas Rose Festival is held in October of each year, and celebrates the area's rose-growing industry.

  7. The Alamo in San Antonio: Originally built as a Spanish mission, the Alamo became legendary as a result of the 1836 siege that took place during the Texas Revolution of 1836.

  8. Hartman Prehistoric Garden in Austin: At this site fossilized tracks of ancient reptiles have been found, as well as the bones of a prehistoric turtle. The garden, which is one of several gardens within the Zilker Botanical Garden. The Hartman Prehistoric Garden has been set up to resemble a Cretaceous habitat, and even contains an actual-size sculpture of the dinosaur Ornithomimus.

  9. The Plaza Wax Museum in San Antonio: The Plaza Two attractions in one; Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which is a museum of the strange and unusual, and Louis Tussard's Plaza Wax Museum, which is a more traditional wax museum.

  10. USS Texas in La Porte: The USS Texas is a battleship, now retired, which served with the US Navy during both World Wars.
Major airports in Texas include Corpus Christi International Airport in Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas/Fort Worth, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, and San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio.

Sports teams in Texas include the Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League baseball) in Corpus Christi, the Dallas Cowboys (American football in the NFL) in Arlington, the Dallas Mavericks (National Basketball Association) in Dallas, the Dallas Stars (ice hockey in the NHL) in Dallas, FC Dallas (Major League Soccer) in Frisco, the Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League baseball) in Frisco, the Houston Aeros (ice hockey in the AHL) in Houston, the Houston Astros (Major League Baseball) in Houston, Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer) in Houston, the Houston Rockets (National Basketball Association) in Houston, the Houston Texans (American football in the NFL) in Houston, the Midland RockHounds (Texas League baseball) in Midland, the Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast League baseball) in Round Rock, the San Antonio Missions (Texas League baseball) in San Antonio, the San Antonio Rampage (ice hockey in the AHL) in San Antonio, the San Antonio Spurs (National Basketball Association) in San Antonio, and the Texas Rangers (Major League Baseball) in Arlington.

Leading education institutions in Texas include Texas A&M University (in College Station), the University of Texas (in Austin) and William Marsh Rice University (in Houston).

Historically, Texas was an center of the US oil industry. While the oil industry remains strong within the state, today the state contains a mix of both new and traditional industries, including a significant service sector. Some of the major companies that have based their headquarters in Texas are Dell (in Round Rock), Affiliated Computer Services (in Dallas), American Airlines (in Fort Worth), AmerisourceBergen (in Frisco), AMR (in Fort Worth), AT&T (in San Antonio), Centex (in Dallas), ConocoPhillips (in Houston), Continental Airlines (in Houston), D.R. Horton (in Fort Worth), Electronic Data Systems (in Plano), ExxonMobil (in Irving), Halliburton (in Houston), Hilton Hotels Corporation (in Cisco), J.C. Penney (in Plano), Kimberly-Clark (in Irving), Lyondell Chemical (in Houston), Marathon Oil (in Houston), Pizza Hut (in Addison), Radio Shack (in Fort Worth), Southwest Airlines (in Dallas), Sysco (in Houston), Tesoro (in San Antonio), Texas Instruments (in Dallas) and Valero Energy Corporation (in San Antonio).

Here are some more pages containing more detailed information about Texas: Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas

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