Texas, the second largest American state, is a place of great variety. In few other states can you find breath-taking and remote wilderness, buzzing cosmopolitan cities with modern skyscrapers, beautiful surf-worthy coastline, rich history and some of the tastiest cuisines known to man. Welcome to Texas.
Texas offers a unique alternative to the better-known American destinations of New York and LA, without any compromise; much more for your money, a safe place with high standard of living, and some of the friendliest people in the country. The cowboy state provides a slice of the real America delivered in a way that is easily accessible to incentive groups and conferences. The state’s major geographical and cultural contrasts ensure something for all types of group with plenty of varied activities – from surfing and horse-riding along the beach in Corpus Christi, or watching the unexplained phenomenon that is the Marfa Lights in the cool and trendy Marfa, to trekking through the remote Big Bend National Park and living like cowboys in Fort Worth. Texas is also somewhat-surprisingly renowned for its impressive shopping, making it one of the state’s greatest assets. Shop tax-free in any one of Texas’ huge malls, promising a far more relaxing shopping experience compared to New York for example.
While Dallas, Houston and Austin are Texas’ most talked about destinations, the state has plenty more to offer if you’re after colourful culture or tranquillity by the beach. San Antonio is arguably Texas’ most fascinating city. Being where Mexicans first settled, the area still boasts a strong Mexican culture with some of the state’s most delicious cuisines. Galveston Bay is also worth a trip, just south of Houston. The quiet coastline of Kemah (meaning ‘wind in my face’ in Indian) is a relaxing destination with a constant breeze and endless entertainment, offering water sports, exquisite dining, boundless shopping, and some of Texas’ most relaxed inhabitants. From here you can also enjoy a picture-perfect cruise out to explore Galveston Island.
The sports mecca that is Dallas has also been named the number one US city for sports, being one of the country’s only cities to host all five sports. With the NBA Mavericks, the NHL Stars, NFL Cowboys, and the MLB Rangers, groups will find plenty to cheer for. The new Formula 1 Circuit of the Americas has just firmly established Texas as one of the world’s greatest destinations for sporting enthusiasts, making it an exceptional choice for group incentives keen to catch some action.