Backpackers on a ridge in Big Bend

By: Mark Chesnut, Contributing Writer

Texas offers lots to love in every part of the state.

Travel TexasFrom breathtaking views to dynamic cultural, culinary and recreational opportunities, Texas offers countless reasons for international travelers to fall in love. Here are some highlights of the state’s seven picturesque regions.

Big Bend Country

Big Bend Country is the most remote part of the state with wide-open spaces and starry skies, offering a variety of geological wonders, as well as epic stargazing. Big Bend National Park spans more than 800,000 acres. Visitors can experience some of the state’s best rock climbing and discover old forts, abandoned mining camps, quirky historic towns and luxurious ranch resorts.

Hill Country

The rolling Texas Hill Country, meanwhile, bursts with color every spring, with almost 5,000 varieties of wildflowers. The Hill Country is also home to more than 100 wineries and vineyards (Texas is the fifth-largest wine producer in the country), as well as hundreds of barbecue restaurants, live music venues and museums.


The state’s largest population centers are Houston, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

South Texas Plains

The South Texas Plains region offers an irresistible blend of centuries-old culture, cuisine and historic sites, including the Alamo, Mission Trails, the iconic River Walk and King Ranch, the nation’s largest ranch.

Panhandle Plains

Head over to the Panhandle Plains in the northwestern corner of Texas to explore Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the U.S. The region is dominated by ranching and farming and is the heart of the Texas frontier.

Gulf Coast

The Texas Gulf Coast offers 350 miles of selfie-worthy sand dunes, coastal towns and seaside adventures, bordered by barrier islands stretching from Galveston to South Padre Island. The coast is also home to more than 600 bird species, more than any other state.

The population of Texas is more than 30 million, making it the nation’s second-largest state by both population and area.

Piney Woods

Nature enthusiasts will also enjoy the East Texas Piney Woods, home of the Big Thicket National Preserve, and the nearly 27,000-acre Caddo Lake area, with its maze of slow-moving bayous, wetlands and backwaters. With a landscape full of forests and streams, it’s a haven for canoeing, fishing and nature photography.

Prairie and Lakes

The Prairies and Lakes region is home to the vibrant nightlife, cuisine, shopping and culture in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but it is also full of interesting finds, from historic downtown Grapevine to the Texas Motor Speedway to the iconic Fort Worth Stockyards.

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For more information, contact Travel Texas, the organization that promotes the state as a premier international tourism destination.