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Texas Traveling Made Easy in 7 Regions of Texas

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The Gulf Coast region stretches along the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of miles, from the Mexican border to Louisiana. Near the gulf waters, you will find marshes, barrier islands, prairies, grasslands, and bays. Some of the larger and most well-known cities in the Gulf Coast region are Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, and South Padre Island.

There are also a lot of smaller, charming towns to explore. You can find a large variety of things in this region, from modern attractions such as the Galveston Pleasure Pier, Texas State Aquarium, and Schlitterbahn Water Park, to well-populated beaches and isolated stretches of seashore. Visitors to Texas love the Gulf Coast Region, and they come here to attend many types of annual festivals as well as to enjoy fishing, windsurfing, birdwatching, swimming, sailing, and all sorts of sand and surf activities along the shoreline.

3. Hill Country Region


Photo:  Judy Peacock

The Texas Hill Country is located pretty much in the center of the state. Its terrain is hilly, with many springs and steep canyons, and also hidden, underground lakes and caves. The largest city in this region is the state capital, Austin.

But there are numerous other smaller cities and towns that populate this area, each having their own beauty and charm, just waiting to be discovered. Some of the more popular tourist locations are New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Wimberley, and Gruene. The Hill Country has beautiful natural attractions, like Enchanted Rock, the Guadalupe River, and Natural Bridge Caverns, as well as great shops, restaurants, and wineries throughout the entire region. Along with countless annual festivals and events, there are so many things to do here in this region, a visitor may want to set up a base, and plan a lot of day trips to take in as many of the remarkable opportunities as they can.

4. Panhandle Plains Region