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Texas is the second largest and second most populous of the 50 states of the United States of America. It is situated in the south central part of the U.S., bordered by New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, Louisiana to the east, and the Mexican states Nuevo León, Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas to the south. Formerly a territory of Spain and then Mexico, Texas became its own nation for 10 years after it rebelled in 1836. In 1845, Texas was annexed by the United States. The state, however, still maintains an independent spirit, with people known for their hospitality and generosity. The largest city in Texas is Houston, although Dallas and Austin are also popular tourist destinations.

What to see & do

SeaWorld San Antonio - In San Antonio is the largest of the three parks in the SeaWorld chain owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, as well as the largest marine-life theme park in the world. Formerly SeaWorld of Texas, SeaWorld San Antonio is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park situated in the Westover Hills district. The theme park is the perfect family-friendly destination, with animal tours, sea mammal exhibits, several live shows, and cool rides. Among the most popular residents in the park are the penguins, dolphins, beluga whales, and sea lions, some of whom visitors can actually encounter and interact with.

Space Center Houston - Space Center Houston is the official visitor centre of NASA's centre for human spaceflight activities, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. It is home to several space artefacts and hardware such as the Lunar Rover Vehicle trainer, Skylab trainer mock-up, Gemini 5 capsule, and Apollo 17 command module. It hosts educational programs based on national science standards, and is designed for both children and adults. Other attractions are the Space Centre Plaza, Stellar Science Show, the Gallery Wall, Mars Briefing, Destiny Theatre, Lunch with an Astronaut, and more.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch - The drive-through safari park covers 400 acres in the northern outskirts of San Antonio, near the U.S. National Natural Landmark, Natural Bridge Caverns. It houses over 500 animals of over 40 species, although there are no predators or elephants, and all of the animals roam freely. Residents of the park include zebra, buffalo, llama, ostrich, deer, elk, gazelle, and wildebeest.

How to get around within Texas

Texas has an area of 268,820 square miles, and the best way to quickly get from one city to another is by booking a domestic flight to the regional airports. Otherwise, the road system in Texas is excellent, so travellers can either bring in their own car or contact a car rental agency. There are plenty of gas stations around, and also be cautious of the speed limits. Intercity bus service is also available. Travelling by train is also possible, but is quite expensive and not too convenient.

How to get there

Being a large state, Texas has several primary commercial airports in different parts of the city. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, located in the cities Irving, Euless, Grapevine, and Coppell, is the largest and busiest airport in the state, as well as the fourth busiest in the country. On the other hand, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston has the most international connections in Texas. Other busy international airports are Austin–Bergstrom International Airport in Austin and San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio.

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