The map presents the geography and place names of The Lone Star State. This includes the big Texan cities of Dallas, Houston, and Austin, alongside smaller urban areas. It also highlights rivers, vegetation, and basic landscape features. Surrounding Texas on the map are clear boundaries and names of bordering states, both from the US and Mexico.
The diversity of Texas is such that you can experience some of the best outdoor adventures on the planet on one day, and fantastic city life the next. If you want to experience the cowboy lifestyle and the Wild West, it is possible, as is exploring the weird and wonderful alternative world in Austin or the big, brash city life of Dallas.
Texas is the second largest state by size in the USA. It is a diverse landscape, forming the most southern part of the Great Plains and a large part of the US South. You can break the geography of Texas up into the following parts:
Gulf Coast and Plains – protected by barrier islands for over 350 miles, the coast is home to over 600 species of birds and has a famous birding trail. The world’s largest livestock show and rodeo is found in this region too, in Houston. You’ll find sub-regions within the Coastal Plains, including the Pine Belt, which is named due to the amount of timber grown there.
Interior Lowlands – in the northeastern part of Texas, you’ll find some of the largest ranches in the state in this region, including The King Ranch, which at 825,000 acres is larger than Rhode Island. The flat land and many streams in the Interior Lowlands are great for farming.
Great Plains – in the northwest is the flat Great Plains. There are many sub regions, such as Hill Country, which is famed for its number of springs. Barton Springs is a famous location close to Austin.
Basin and Range Province – this mountainous region is in the western part of the state and contains the Chisos, Guadalupe, and Davis Mountain Ranges. The Rio Grande River is the perfect natural boundary between Texas and Mexico.
Big Bend Country – the most remote yet beautiful part of Texas, Big Bend Country includes one of the largest national parks in the country. Expect to see old forts, historic towns and mining camps that have long since been abandoned.
There are over 950 cities in Texas, including:
Austin – the capital of Texas, Austin is the perfect central location from which to explore the whole state. It’s well known for its diverse festivals, great food, live music and comedy venues, alongside historical features, and hiking trails in the picturesque surroundings.
Dallas – the home of the best range of Tex-Mex restaurants, great art galleries and museums, fantastic parks, pools, and running trails. Dallas is home to mouth-watering BBQ, so get your feed on before walking it all off round a scenic treat of a city.
Houston – an eclectic city that is home to modern art, outdoor theatres, live music spaces, and of course the Space Centre. The largest city in Texas caters for all types of people, whether you’re after food, culture, music, or the outdoors.
San Antonio – referred to as ‘Alamo City’, San Antonio is full of reminders of Texas’ revolutionary past. It also has a beautiful two-mile river walk with restaurants, cafés and shops along it. Take in the Spanish border fortresses one day and Six Flags Fiesta theme park the next, in this vibrant city.