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The best of Texas
In a state the size of Texas, there are so many diverse and exciting attractions, monuments, cities, rural towns and landscapes (hello, beaches) that it’s enough to make your head spin. Exploring the Lone Star State requires time, patience, a trusty car fit for road-tripping and a playlist chock-full of twangy Willie Nelson and Robert Earl Keen tunes. The state’s seven regions are wildly distinct, but wherever your travels take you, you’re bound to encounter a near-universal rebellious spirit and deeply entrenched sense of Texan pride. In short, the rumors are true: Texas is big, bold and absurdly beautiful. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
The largest of the lower 48, Texas has a fascinating history. Once governed by Spain, formerly part of Mexico and then ran as an independent state before joining the USA, there’s a lot to learn about this larger-than-life territory. There's way more to it than cowboys, barbeques and rodeos (that stuff is super cool though). In fact, Texas is even the leading cattle, cotton and oil producer of the USA – and that’s no small feat. If you’re headed to Texas but need a little help with where to stay, then you've struck oil. We’ve got guides on the best things to do and even the best beaches. Need somewhere to bed down before you start exploring? No worries. We've found the best Airbnbs in Texas and put them in a handy list, just for you. Note: please check the latest travel advice before booking.
Though Texas may not be as known for its beaches as it is for, say, its cowboy culture and savory BBQ, the Lone Star State is home to more than 600 miles of coastline, pristine beaches, charming seaside towns and emerald-green waters – can someone say, “beach vacay”? Whether you’re itching for a secluded island getaway, a bustling beach town with things to do galore or just a quiet stretch of sand, chances are you can find it along the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Here, we round up the best summer music festivals in Texas (and cheat a little by including a few just on the outskirts summer—hello, ACL!) so you don’t miss any of the fun. Whether you’re visiting a city like Austin and want a short day trip to see local artists that perform at the city’s best live music venues, or you just want an excuse to get tipsy under a scorching Texas sun, these are the festivals for you. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Texas