Introduction with Resources

South Texas

SOUTHERN TEXAS Texas truly is a large state, covering over a quarter million square miles. That area encompasses lush semi-tropical areas along the Gulf of Mexico to very flat, dry and arid land up in the north and west. Rivers have always been important in Texas life, and today even the northern, eastern and southern borders are largely defined by rivers, the Rio Grande being the best known. Southern Texas, for our purposes here, includes the Gulf Coast, the urban areas of Houston, Austin and San Antonio, and generally the state below the southern border of New Mexico. Austin is the state capitol, while San Antonio is surely its heart. Aside from the obvious pleasures of vacationing on the Gulf of Mexico, southern Texas offers such unique spots as the Alamo in San Antonio, Space Center Houston, numerous nature preserves, Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, the Astrodome in Houston, and many more finds in a state that proudly displays its past while welcoming the future. Here are some resources to help you with your initial planning: TOURISM DIVISION Texas Department of Commerce Box 12728 Austin, Texas 78711 (800) 888-8TEX TRAVEL & INFORMATION State Department of Highways P.O. Box 5000 Austin, Texas 78763 (800) 452-9292 U.S. FOREST SERVICE 701 North First Street Lufkin, Texas 75901 (409) 639-8501 (800) 283-CAMP PARKS & WILDLIFE 4200 Smith School Road Austin, Texas 76744 (512) 389-4800

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