By DALE COOPER
Texas is a large, diverse state that has something for every interest. From large cities to beautiful canyons, Texas is a great place to visit – especially if you already live there. Consider using this guide when planning a staycation or one tank trip.
It’s difficult to make generalizations about Texas, the second largest state in the United States. The culture, geography and climate vary so drastically that traveling between regions and cities can feel like a trip through the Deep South, Great Plains, New York City, Mexico and the deserts of the Southwest. This regional variety is what makes Texas a great place for its residents to vacation close to home, or “staycation.” If you live in Texas, you don’t have to travel far to see a side of the state that you may not have known to exist. Here are a few of the many places worth visiting if you’re planning a one tank trip or staycation in Texas.
Houston is the largest city in Texas and is a true metropolis. As a leading center for energy production, manufacturing, aeronautics and transportation, Houston is a culturally and economically diverse city. Like any large metropolitan area, Houston has something for everyone. There’s a world-famous museum district, several shopping centers and even a couple professional sports teams. Texas residents looking for a taste of big city life don’t have to travel far—Houston has it all.
Austin, the capital of Texas, is unique among major Texan cities. Its residents often claim to not to be part of Texas at all, but rather a sister to culture-centric cities like San Francisco or Portland whose residents moved south to find warmer weather. One of the largest universities in the country, the University of Texas, is located in Austin. This creates a demographic mostly comprised of young, college-educated students and professionals. The culture has created a demand for great food and entertainment, and Austin has both. Unofficially known as the live music capital of the world, Austin residents can hear live music at several of the city’s bars and restaurants every night of the year. If you live in Texas but have never been to Austin, now is the time to go.
Texas is such a large, diverse state that you may never have to leave its borders to find something new. But if you are curious about what lies beyond, consider a road trip to Mexico. Very few places in the United States are within driving distance of a different country, let alone a country with a culture as rich and vibrant as Mexico’s. There are dozens of border towns that you can day-trip to and successfully explore with little or no knowledge of Spanish.
Wherever you decide to go on your one tank trip or staycation, make sure your vehicle is covered by auto insurance. If you do plan to visit Mexico, talk to your insurance provider about coverage, as some insurance companies do not cover accidents that occur outside of the United States. Comparing insurance quotes can help you decide which provider best meets your needs. And don’t forget to ask whether you qualify for discount car insurance; the money you save could go toward your next Texas one tank road trip.