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In our humble opinion Texas is the most interesting State in the Union. It is the State of Mind in the State of Texas that sets it apart from the other states. One of the state's mottos, along with "Don't Mess With Texas" is "Texas, It's Like a Whole Other Country". And so it is. In many ways it is insular from the rest of the nation. Once you leave Texas by whatever border you choose, it is quite a distance before you reach the non-Texasfied part of the planet, what with Oklahoma being Texas-lite, and with heading east amounting to going deeper into the South, with heading south leading to Mexico and heading west leading to New Mexico with yet more West Texas like flat desert.

Six Flags Over TexasSIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS

We've been to Six Flags in Arlington a couple times. There were many good photo opportunities. And opportunities to get wet which we didn't like all that much. We made it on only one of the Six Flags roller coasters, that being the best wooden roller coaster in the world, known as the Texas Giant. Go here to watch some videos of a few Six Flags rides, including the Texas Giant, plus a walk around the park.

Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston is long gone. The Kemah Boardwalk is now the Houston Area's only Theme Park.

THE CIVIL WAR IN TEXAS

A recent survey learned that over 60% of American High School Students did not know when the American Civil War occurred. How many Texas students know what role Texas played in the Civil War?

Schlitterbahn Waterpark #1 in World

Texas State FairSTATE FAIR OF TEXAS
The Texas State Fair, the biggest in America, is over for the year. We checked it out on its next to last day. Watch our VIDEO of Big Tex & The Midway.

2013 State Fair of Texas Sept. 27 - Oct. 20

Visit our Eyes on Texas Blog to make a comment or share info about Texas
The Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival

Texas Personalized License Plates

Do you have questions about how to get a personalized Texas License Plate like the new "It's Like a Whole Other Country" License Plate? We have the answers for you.
Visit Willie & Waylon in Luckenbach, Texas
Jefferson is the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Texas
Marshall is the Cultural Capital of East Texas
Huntsville, Home of Sam Houston and Old Sparky
Nacogdoches is the Oldest Town in Texas
Poteet is the Strawberry Capital of Texas

Beavers Bend & Broken Bow Lake in OklahomaHeading to Oklahoma? Looking for some fishing, swimming and boating in crystal clear water? Try visiting Beavers Bend Resort Park & Broken Bow Lake in south eastern Oklahoma. Not been to the Grand Lake O' the Cherokees before? It's got great fishing and 1,300 miles of shoreline. And then there's Lake Texoma, a huge lake shared by Texas and Oklahoma, famous for its bass and catfish. Climb to the top of Oklahoma at Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve. Or visit the waterfall oasis of Natural Falls State Park.

The 5th Biggest casino in the world is in Oklahoma, just a mile past the Texas border you'll find WinStar World Casino. A few miles further north you'll find Riverwind Casino, with the biggest buffet in Oklahoma. And just a few miles east of Lake Texoma, 15 miles north of the Oklahoma/Texas border you'll find Choctaw Casino Resot & Hotel.  A few miles north of Wichita Falls you will find Kiowa Red River Casino

We have made a list of the Oklahoma Casinos

Get your Kicks on Route 66 in Oklahoma

Laredo Texas Travel Information Center

Are you planning a Texas Trip? Do you need a Travel Guide, or a Brochure about a Texas Attraction like Six Flags or Schlitterbahn. Are  you looking for information about Lodging or Camping? Do you need Maps with good directions? You will find all the Texas Information you need by visiting one of the 12 Texas Travel Information Centers located at convenient locations throughout Texas.

AMARILLO

Beautiful sunsets, free steak if you can manage to eat 72 ounces in an hour. Close to Palo Duro Canyon and the Texas outdoor amphitheater show. A section of old Route 66 in all its nostalgic glory, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Wonderland Amusement Park and Cadillac Ranch are just a few of the things you'll find in classically Texan, Amarillo.

The Texas Highlands Lakes

Visit Austin, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Boerne, San Marcos,Tyler
Big Bend National Park
, Alpine, El Paso, Wink, Langtry, Kilgore, Gilmer, Brownsville, Terlingua, Kemah, LaredoMcAllen, Beaumont, Port AransasSouth Padre Island, Wimberley, Mineral Wells, Odessa, Monahans and Marfa

Texas National Parks, Monuments, Preserves, Historic Site & Recreation Areas
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Monahans Sandhills State Park

New Braunfels Schlitterbahn Waterpark #1 in World

Does Luling have the Best BBQ in Texas?

Click here for Texas Hunting & Fishing Info

Go Fishing & Hiking in the Piney Wood's Big Thicket National Preserve

Did you know the OFFICIAL STATE SNACK OF TEXAS is Tortilla Chips and Salsa? Click for more...

Our Favorite Restaurants in Dallas/Fort Worth
Austin, San Antonio & Houston

March 14, 2008 we got FEEDBACK from another Jerry Jones/Dallas Cowboy/Arlington victim. 
This victim is fighting back. Read what he had to say here...

CULTURAL DISTRICTS
Fort Worth has this area of town called the Fort Worth Cultural District. The Cultural District's Official Website says this is the 3rd biggest Cultural District in the nation. We have not been able to find any other towns calling a part of their town the Cultural District, but we did something else that might surprise Fort Worthers and make them Green With Envy.
NEW DALLAS COWBOY STADIUM
Dallas Cowboy Stadium ScandalDid you know the Dallas Cowboys are building a new stadium in Arlington, Texas? Arlington is not in Dallas. Some people think the building of the new billion $ stadium is a scandal of colossal proportions. Find out why.


TEXAS CHRISTMAS

FORT WORTH'S LOST HERITAGE
Fort Worth's Lost HeritageOn October 11, 2007 we used alternative transit to travel to downtown Fort Worth with the intention to take photos of what we've long felt was an under appreciated attraction in downtown Fort Worth, that being Heritage Park. We were shocked at what we found. We think you will be too.

We visited Oakland Lake Park in Fort Worth recently. Take a look for yourself.
Also, go to Tandy Hills Park and get a look at Prairie Fest.

The Stockyard RuinsNEW PRISON NEAR DALLAS
A town near Dallas has turned an abandoned meat packing plant into a prison called Sona, incarcerating Panamanian and American prisoners in very primitive brutal conditions. More details?

Read what we found out about America's Team after reading ridiculous articles about that subject in the Saturday, January 12, 2008 Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

GREAT PARKS IN THE D/FW METROPLEX
White Rock Lake Park in DallasRecently we focused our Eyes on a couple of parks in the D/FW Metroplex, Veterans Park in Arlington and White Rock Lake Park in Dallas. These are very good parks, but our favorite remains River Legacy Park in Arlington. On New Year's Day, 2008 we hiked Tandy Hills Park in Fort Worth. Tandy Hills Parks is very wild place just a short distance from a less wild place, Fort Worth's Downtown. Also near Tandy Hills Park is Oakland Lake Park, another hidden gem.. 

 
WENCHES GONE MAD
Our visit to Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival near Waxahachie was entertaining and fun, or so we thought. We webpaged our experience after which an avalanche of umbrage erupted that was very amusing, for the most part, and ended up Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival with us being invited by officials of the Houston Renaissance Festival to document their faire in the same way. We have yet to do so though. It's a long drive to the Houston area.
TURNER FALLS PARK
Year after year after year our most visited webpage is not something located in Texas. It is a park in Oklahoma, Turner Falls Park.
Turner Falls ParkFor short periods other pages may be #1, like in March it will be the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup, in July #1 will be the Parker County Peach Festival, in September it's the Texas State Fair, but most months Turner Falls Park in Oklahoma is our most visited webpage, at the height of summer getting thousands of visits a month. It is a very scenic, very fun park, even if it isn't in Texas.
FORT WORTH GAS
Fort Worth is experimenting with being the first large city in America, maybe in the entire world, to allow gas drilling within
Barnett Shale Reserve in Texas Explosion.its borders, often very close to where people live, endangering water supplies, vegetation, peace and quiet and human life. None of the wells have exploded yet in Fort Worth. A few have in surrounding areas. Citizens are starting to fight back. Take a look at our nearby gas neighbor and see if you'd like this in your backyard.
UPDATE: Dust Cloud Mayhem

CHECK OUT THE WORLD'S MOST UNIQUE McDONALD'S


Parker County 
Peach Festival
 
Historic Downtown Square
Weatherford, Texas 

Canton First Monday
Trade Days

The 4 days before the First Monday of the month is when the biggest flea market in the world takes place.

Tandy Hills Natural Area

Near Fort Worth's downtown there is a large hilly park where you can hike trails up and down steep hills and step back in time walking on a Texas Prairie.

Dallas Farmers Market

Visitors from the Pacific Northwest always remark that this Dallas location reminds them of Seattle's Pike Place Market.
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