12 Best Cities to Visit in Texas

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Laredo

Laredo is a city in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, directly across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. It is the second largest city in Tamaulipas, and the capital of the state; the largest city on the border with the United States. The city is a major commercial center for the rest of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, as well as a rapidly growing industrial zone.

The city is the gateway to the nearby tourist attractions, primarily at the nearby beach resorts of Laredo, Falcon Lake and Matamoros. The Laredo International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, handling over six million passengers per year. The city’s main international trade comes from its strategic location along major U.S. Highway 35 and Mexican Federal Highway 77, and the contribution of jobs from the six nearby military installations.

McAllen

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If you happen to visit McAllen, Texas for a concert, the city is home to the McAllen Convention Center. The venue is the primary space for more than 30,000 visitors monthly including the Disney On Ice, Star Spangled Spectacular and the Harlem Globetrotters.

In addition, the center is home to the Bandito Fiesta and the Wool Festival.

McAllen, Texas is also home to the McAllen Urban Wilderness. This nature preserve is located on more than 12,000 acres. This prime space includes 4,000 acres of restored natural habitat and 5,000 acres of natural habitat.

McAllen, Texas offers a near perfect balance between the urban and the country life.

The city has over one hundred parks, which is in the top half of the cities in the state. Additionally, the city has more than four public pools.

The city provides four public libraries and annual sporting events, which include McAllen Miracle Baseball and the McAllen Thunder.

Lubbock

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Lubbock is an ideal place for your vacation and playing Texas Hold Em as inexpensively as possible. The look and feel of Lubbock is like most parts of Texas, but it is a little bit more warm than the rest of the state and this is a very good thing. This is because most people who come to Lubbock have come from colder locations and it is good to see them enjoying life in one of the warmest parts of the state.

The cheapest thing to do in Lubbock is to eat at the Tasty Weasel food truck. The food truck is open Tuesday to Sunday and it offers American food with a Texas influence. It is a very good place to go for a late night snack after a night at the casino. In case you need an extra place to have a meal, there is a large variety of restaurants in Lubbock.

Do not forget the Lubbock’s Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and you can enjoy the very best in fresh fruit and veggies. This is a great place to take your kids if you want to expose them to interesting fruits and veggies that were not available in their hometown.

Fort Worth

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Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, Bill Gifford (painter) is no stranger to the city’s notable residents. He appreciated the style and spirit of the city even after moving away from it. Fort Worth is home to various connections to people and groups such as names like Van Gogh, Elvis Presley, W.W. II hero, and singer Alan Jackson, “the King of Country.”

Fort Worth is a city filled with art and culture, particularly in the Downtown area, which has become a destination for art enthusiasts. The city has also become a popular spot for artists and photographers to work, fill, replenish, and recuperate.

The Fort Worth Zoo brings animals and wildlife from all over the world for watchers to admire. The Fort Worth Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has received four awards. It is one of the top-ranked zoos in the nation.

Fort Worth is also a city known for its architecture. Buildings with odd shapes are a trademark of the downtown, which include the Alamo, Courthouse, and Tarrant County Courthouse.

The Azalea Trail began in the late 1980s and landscaped around the city. The trail is a mostly paved pedestrian-bike path that spans nearly ten miles.

El Paso

Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi is one of the best tourist attractions in Texas. It has great weather, and an excellent zoo. It’s even ranked the second best vacation spot in the nation by USA Today.

Fredericksburg

The capital of Virginia lies about 96 miles northwest of Houston. This town’s main attraction is more about history than state recreation. At the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, you can learn about the war between the USA and the British at the Battle of Fredericksburg.

The town offers plenty of food and drink options with great recommendations from local residents. For example, say you’re on the hunt for great ribs. One of the local’s secret restaurants is called the Copper Hog, they’ve received the nod from a number of culinary publications.

For any occasion, there’s a place in Fredericksburg to serve up nearly every meal imaginable. One of my personal favorites is a Tex/Mex restaurant called La Vieja Esquina that offers both Mexican and Texan specialties.

Of course, not to be outdone, Austin’s famous SXSW Music Festival happens in Fredericksburg in the spring time.

Galveston

Space City, USA.

Galveston, being the case they say, could not have missed out in Texas’s spellbound drive to be the state’s “Space City.” But is it just what they claim it to be, a city that goes through a whole lot of stuff, or is it a “Space City”?

The city’s population is 4,046 (Source: 2010 Census). It is the county’s seat.

Galveston is a port town that was the Texas’s first city. It is almost always referred to as the “GFP” or “Galveston Free Port,” implying its role as a free port that allowed foreigners to conduct their business.

The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, also known as Seawall Street, is a historic district, a National Historic Landmark within Galveston. It is a public right-of-way that extends for about 5.48 miles along the southwest coast of Galveston Island.

Dallas

Austin

San Antonio

Houston

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Drawing upon a tourism waterfall poster, the Inner Loop designation of Houston's freeway system is a unique transportational design that takes full advantage of the city's geography.

Houston’s Inner Loop (I-610) circles the downtown area in a clockwise direction and has no fewer than eight freeway feeders within a 10 mile corridor: The Katy Freeway, or Beltway 8, travels north, the West Freeway (aka U.S. Route 290) travels east, the Gulf Freeway (U.S. Route 59) travels south and connects to the North Freeway (U.S. Route 59) and State Route 288 (Beltway 8) travels west, while the South Freeway (U.S. Route 290) travels west and ends at the Southwest Freeway (U.S. Route 59).

The newest addition to the Inner Loop, U.S. Route 59, or the Grand Parkway, currently provides a northbound connection for Beltway 8 traffic between the West Loop (I-610) and the Gulf Freeway (I-610).

Best Cities in Texas

Although Texas is considered a big, big state, it doesn’t have as many great cities as say, California or even Florida does. So the question is, why would you go to Texas at all? Why is it so popular and why are there so many visitors?

To start with, Texas is chock full of holiday activities, a large diverse population, and one of the wealthiest and most active arts scenes in the world.

It’s the second largest state in the U.S., but it doesn’t have the nickname of “The Lone Star State” for nothing.

It’s also a big part of what makes Texas so great. Because Texas is so big, it’s packed with cultural, natural and geographical wonders.

Which Texas Cities are the Best?

We’ve broken up the best cities in Texas into a number of categories, and they are: Rhinestone Capital of Texas, Texas Capital City, Greenest Cities, Top Beach Towns, Visitors’ Favorite Texas Cities.

By the way, every one of the localities included here has tourism as a top industry.