Texas is the second largest state in the United States, behind Alaska, and often brings to mind the image of cowboys roping cattle on the range. The landscape shares similarities with the southern states to the east and southwestern states to the west with its combination of deserts, mountains, forests, prairies, coastline, and the Rio Grande River. Millions of people visit Texas every year to explore the exciting cities and the gorgeous natural environment. Summer is a great time to experience the Lone Star State’s attractions, cowboy history, and try a bowl of chili con carne — the state dish.
Austin is growing at a rapid rate due to the economic, music, food, and cultural scenes. “Keep Austin Weird” is the unofficial motto of the Texas capital city, born of the desire to protect the city’s unique qualities and local business economy. The official motto is “The Live Music Capital of the World” due to the plethora of music venues and the infamous annual South by Southwest music and film festival. The live music television program Austin City Limits has filmed there since 1976. South Congress Avenue is home to a number of shops, eateries, and coffee cafés. Other popular attractions include the State Capitol, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum. The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to a bat colony of 1.5 million. On summer evenings, you can watch them come out at dusk, a uniquely Austin occurrence.