Preconceived ideas about what exactly is "Texan" are
soon shattered. It's actually one of the most eclectic
and cosmopolitan states in the Union and each of the
major tourist destinations has its own distinct character.
Hispanic San Antonio , for example, with its Mexican
population and historic importance, has a laid-back feel
absent from the big-city neurosis of Houston or Dallas
, while trendy Austin revels in a lively music scene
and intellectualism found nowhere else in the state.
The coastline of south Texas , which state residents
half-jokingly refer to as the "Third Coast," curves
from Port Arthur on the Louisiana border (a shipping
and petrochemical town and the birthplace of Janis Joplin)
on the much-touristed Gulf Coast , down past the urban
monster of Houston, to the Rio Grande, the border with
Mexico. Giant, cosmopolitan Houston dominates everything;
its great wealth has led to a thriving arts scene. Geographically
and culturally, this area has two distinct faces. To
the east are the seaside
resorts of the prairie, rolling away from the hills and
forests of east Texas. Much of the coast is feeling the
strain of rapid property development, but there are still
unspoiled stretches along the Padre Island National Seashore
. In the south, a Hispanic influence spreads north from
the fertile Rio Grande Valley.
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