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Texas Description

texas longhorn The Lone Star State is a proud, historic place, with a very close relationship with Mexico, its culture, and its people. The Southern Texas towns of San Antonio and El Paso have a rich Hispanic community and tradition. The famous Tex-Mex cuisine wakes up the taste buds with chili peppers and everything that's hot! A sampling of all the local chili recipes is mandatory at the State Fair of Texas held in Dallas throughout September and October annually. The Dallas sister-city of Forth Worth is the historic starting point for the great Longhorn cattle round-ups and trail drives of earlier years and is home to the biggest stock yards in the south.

This state is expansive, bold, and beautiful, and so are the Texan people. Locals tell it like it is with a hearty laugh, a pat on the back, and an invite to Texas barbecue. The adventurous western spirit is evident in people like Red Adair, the famous oil well firefighter, President & General Dwight D. Eisenhower, ballplayer Nolan Ryan, rockers Meat Loaf, Tina Turner and Janis Joplin, and actors Gary Busey, Dennis Quaid, and Owen Wilson, to name just a few of the famous people who hail from the Lone Star State.

nasa Besides its enormous size (second only to Alaska), Texas is a giant agricultural and industrial power and, as a separate country, would rank 10th in the world in overall gross domestic product (GDP)! Texas cities are growing, while many other U.S. metropolises are dwindling. Texas is home to NASA at the Houston Space Center and a booming high-tech and aerospace industry has grown up around it. Several large military bases bring even more life and business to Texas towns. This expansive state on the verge of the southwest takes both its sports teams and its patriotism very seriously. Hunting and fishing are pastimes learned at an early age for most homegrown Texans.

big bend, texas With such a vast terrain, almost every landscape and climate is found in Texas. The state boasts the awesome Rio Grande River along its western border with Mexico. The Port of Galveston sits on the Gulf of Mexico and hosts throngs of beach loving visitors throughout the year, with bustling Houston just a short drive to the North. Dallas and Fort Worth sit on the rolling plains and hills of the East Texas prairies that are dotted with lakes.

San Antonio is found on the vast flat southern plains with big skies that let you see for miles. Austin sits at the southern end of the Colorado River as it passes on its way to the ocean and El Paso nestles at the base of the Davis Mountains to the West. All of these great cities are home to unique adventures and great things to do on a Texas vacation.

Famed for the Alamo, cattle drives, cowboy boots and hats, rodeos, oil and gas production, NASA, a high-tech industry second-to-none, the magical cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio; and so much more, it can truly be said that, "Texas...It's like a whole other country."

Texas Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Palestine Anderson 903
Andrews Andrews 432
Lufkin Angelina 936
Rockport Aransas 361
Holliday Archer 940
Claude Armstrong 806
Pleasanton Atascosa 830
Sealy Austin 979
Muleshoe Bailey 806
Pipe Creek Bandera 830
Bastrop Bastrop 512
Seymour Baylor 940
Beeville Bee 361
Killeen Bell 254
San Antonio Bexar 210
Blanco Blanco 830
Gail Borden 432
Clifton Bosque 254
Texarkana Bowie 903
Pearland Brazoria 281
College Station Brazos 979
Alpine Brewster 432
Silverton Briscoe 806
Falfurrias Brooks 361
Brownwood Brown 325
Caldwell Burleson 979
Marble Falls Burnet 830
Lockhart Caldwell 512
Port Lavaca Calhoun 361
Clyde Callahan 325
Brownsville Cameron 956
Pittsburg Camp 903
Panhandle Carson 806
Atlanta Cass 903
Dimmitt Castro 806
Baytown Chambers 281
Jacksonville Cherokee 903
Childress Childress 940
Henrietta Clay 940
Morton Cochran 806
Robert Lee Coke 325
Coleman Coleman 325
Plano Collin 972
McKinney Collin 972
Wellington Collingsworth 806
Columbus Colorado 979
New Braunfels Comal 830
Comanche Comanche 325
Eden Concho 325
Gainesville Cooke 940
Copperas Cove Coryell 254
Paducah Cottle 806
Crane Crane 432
Ozona Crockett 325
Ralls Crosby 806
Van Horn Culberson 915
Dalhart Dallam 806
Grand Prairie Dallas 972
Irving Dallas 972
Garland Dallas 972
Dallas Dallas 214
Mesquite Dallas 972
Lamesa Dawson 806
Cuero De Witt 361
Hereford Deaf Smith 806
Cooper Delta 903
Frisco Denton 972
Lewisville Denton 972
Denton Denton 940
Spur Dickens 806
Carrizo Springs Dimmit 830
Clarendon Donley 806
San Diego Duval 361
Cisco Eastland 254
Odessa Ector 432
Rocksprings Edwards 830
El Paso El Paso 915
Waxahachie Ellis 972
Stephenville Erath 254
Marlin Falls 254
Bonham Fannin 903
La Grange Fayette 979
Rotan Fisher 325
Floydada Floyd 806
Crowell Foard 254
Richmond Fort Bend 281
Sugar Land Fort Bend 281
Mount Vernon Franklin 903
Fairfield Freestone 903
Pearsall Frio 830
Seminole Gaines 432
League City Galveston 281
Post Garza 806
Fredericksburg Gillespie 830
Garden City Glasscock 432
Goliad Goliad 361
Gonzales Gonzales 830
Pampa Gray 806
Sherman Grayson 903
Longview Gregg 903
Navasota Grimes 936
Seguin Guadalupe 830
Plainview Hale 806
Memphis Hall 806
Hamilton Hamilton 254
Spearman Hansford 806
Quanah Hardeman 254
Lumberton Hardin 409
Spring Harris 281
Katy Harris 281
Cypress Harris 281
Humble Harris 713
Houston Harris 713
Pasadena Harris 713
Marshall Harrison 903
Hartley Hartley 806
Haskell Haskell 940
San Marcos Hays 512
Canadian Hemphill 806
Athens Henderson 903
Mission Hidalgo 956
McAllen Hidalgo 956
Edinburg Hidalgo 956
Hillsboro Hill 254
Levelland Hockley 806
Granbury Hood 817
Sulphur Springs Hopkins 903
Crockett Houston 936
Big Spring Howard 432
Fort Hancock Hudspeth 915
Greenville Hunt 903
Borger Hutchinson 806
Mertzon Irion 325
Jacksboro Jack 940
Edna Jackson 361
Jasper Jasper 409
Fort Davis Jeff Davis 432
Beaumont Jefferson 409
Hebbronville Jim Hogg 361
Alice Jim Wells 361
Burleson Johnson 817
Anson Jones 325
Kenedy Karnes 830
Forney Kaufman 972
Boerne Kendall 830
Sarita Kenedy 361
Jayton Kent 806
Kerrville Kerr 830
Junction Kimble 325
Guthrie King 806
Brackettville Kinney 830
Kingsville Kleberg 361
Munday Knox 940
Cotulla La Salle 830
Paris Lamar 903
Littlefield Lamb 806
Lampasas Lampasas 512
Yoakum Lavaca 361
Giddings Lee 979
Buffalo Leon 903
Dayton Liberty 936
Mexia Limestone 254
Booker Lipscomb 806
George West Live Oak 361
Kingsland Llano 325
Mentone Loving 432
Lubbock Lubbock 806
Tahoka Lynn 806
Madisonville Madison 936
Jefferson Marion 903
Stanton Martin 432
Mason Mason 325
Bay City Matagorda 979
Eagle Pass Maverick 830
Brady McCulloch 325
Waco McLennan 254
Tilden McMullen 361
Hondo Medina 830
Menard Menard 325
Midland Midland 432
Rockdale Milam 512
Goldthwaite Mills 325
Colorado City Mitchell 325
Bowie Montague 940
Spring Montgomery 281
Conroe Montgomery 936
Dumas Moore 806
Daingerfield Morris 903
Matador Motley 806
Nacogdoches Nacogdoches 936
Corsicana Navarro 903
Newton Newton 409
Sweetwater Nolan 325
Corpus Christi Nueces 361
Perryton Ochiltree 806
Boys Ranch Oldham 806
Orange Orange 409
Mineral Wells Palo Pinto 940
Carthage Panola 903
Weatherford Parker 817
Friona Parmer 806
Fort Stockton Pecos 432
Livingston Polk 936
Amarillo Potter 806
Presidio Presidio 432
Emory Rains 903
Amarillo Randall 806
Big Lake Reagan 325
Leakey Real 830
Clarksville Red River 903
Pecos Reeves 432
Refugio Refugio 361
Miami Roberts 806
Hearne Robertson 979
Rockwall Rockwall 972
Ballinger Runnels 325
Henderson Rusk 903
Hemphill Sabine 409
San Augustine San Augustine 936
Shepherd San Jacinto 936
Portland San Patricio 361
San Saba San Saba 325
Eldorado Schleicher 325
Snyder Scurry 325
Albany Shackelford 325
Center Shelby 936
Stratford Sherman 806
Tyler Smith 903
Glen Rose Somervell 254
Rio Grande City Starr 956
Breckenridge Stephens 254
Sterling City Sterling 325
Aspermont Stonewall 940
Sonora Sutton 325
Tulia Swisher 806
Arlington Tarrant 817
Fort Worth Tarrant 817
Abilene Taylor 325
Sanderson Terrell 432
Brownfield Terry 806
Throckmorton Throckmorton 940
Mount Pleasant Titus 903
San Angelo Tom Green 325
Austin Travis 512
Trinity Trinity 936
Woodville Tyler 409
Gilmer Upshur 903
McCamey Upton 432
Uvalde Uvalde 830
Del Rio Val Verde 830
Wills Point Van Zandt 903
Victoria Victoria 361
Huntsville Walker 936
Hempstead Waller 979
Monahans Ward 432
Brenham Washington 979
Laredo Webb 956
El Campo Wharton 979
Shamrock Wheeler 806
Wichita Falls Wichita 940
Vernon Wilbarger 940
Raymondville Willacy 956
Round Rock Williamson 512
Floresville Wilson 830
Kermit Winkler 432
Decatur Wise 940
Mineola Wood 903
Denver City Yoakum 806
Graham Young 940
Zapata Zapata 956
Crystal City Zavala 830

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