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,
and resorts for the business traveler. Dude ranches,
hay rides, and horse-back riding are also indigenously
abundant for city slickers seeking solace.
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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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.