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Discover Texas
The Alamo

Discovering Texas

Texas is the second largest state in America and has one of the biggest reputations to go with it. Known for its friendly hospitality and wide open spaces, Texas offers something for everyone whether it's for business or pleasure. Rich with good old fashioned American wild west culture, this state provides everything from historical ghost towns and museums to some of the most modern art and architecturally buff cities in the world. Houston, Dallas and Austin, to name a few, are loaded with convention centers, great hotels and resorts for the business traveler. Dude ranches, hay rides, and horse-back riding are also indigenously abundant for city slickers seeking solace. 

Of particular note are the bats in Austin. Just ask anyone where to find them. Millions hang-out beneath one of Austin's well- traveled bridges and precisely at dusk every day they make their wild journey to their nightly bug fest eating more mosquitoes than any other creature on Earth. Gross, perhaps, but absolutely fascinating to watch. Don't forget your bat spray.

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Historical Note: Before the arrival of the Spanish, about 30,000 Native Americans from 12 tribes lived throughout what we now know as Texas-- including the Caddo, Wichita, Tonkawas, Apache, Karankawas, Coahuiltecans, Tiguas, Jumanos, Atakapans and Kickapoo. The Caddo called each other "tayshas" which means "friend," and called the newly arrived Spanish explorers they met "tayshas." The Spanish named the land north of Mexico "Tejas" which eventually became the name of the state.