Dallas is the ninth largest city in the United States with a population of approximately 1.2 million people. Dallas is at the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, which is the fifth largest metropolitan area in the country with a population of approximately 5.7 million people, according to U.S. census estimates. It is the third largest city in Texas, behind Houston and San Antonio. Dallas is also the number one visitor destination in Texas and a major convention city. Dallas is located in northeast Texas, approximately an hour and a half south of the Texas/Oklahoma border. It is home to almost 10 Fortune 500 companies, including household names such as Halliburton, Southwest Airlines, and Texas Instruments. In fact, as of 2005, Dallas was ranked fifth on the list of cities with the most Fortune 500 headquarters. Dallas is one of 11 U.S. global cities (world city or world-class city) and is ranked a "Gamma World City" by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (cities get ranked as Alpha, Beta, or Gamma World Cities).
San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio River, the miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. Hemis Fair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas overlooks the city. With a population of over one million and second only to Houston as Texas's most populated city, San Antonio, Texas is big in every way. With varied historical, cultural and downright fun attractions, San Antonio sees well over 20 million visitors to the city every year. From its friendly residents, Texas home-style cooking and renowned Mexican fare to exciting nightlife, it's no wonder that so many people call San Antonio home and so many more travel to Texas to visit this timeless city on the river.
The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Tucked quietly below street level and only steps from the Alamo, it provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city. Ride a river cruiser, rent a bicycle or take your time seeing the sights on foot. With 15 miles of sidewalks and paths, the River Walk provides access to museums, the King William Historic District, 300-year-old Spanish missions, hotels, shops, restaurants and a new adventure around every turn.
America’s youngest city offers a potpourri pot of cuisines, quirky shops and art with both global and local reach. People only seem to mention going to Houston for work or study. And while “summering in Houston” is unlikely to become a thing, there has to be more to the city than office towers and libraries since so many of those who do go decide to stay. After more than a decade of frenetic growth, Texas’s biggest city is now America’s fourth largest, and according to several studies, its youngest (more millennials than boomers) and its most ethnically and culturally diverse. So it’s not surprising that Houston offers an amazing gastronomic mix — from taco stands, chicken and waffle joints and all manner of barbecue to Greek, Persian and Vietnamese cuisine — most with an attitude-free vibe. Enriched by the two great American traditions of immigration and philanthropy, the city’s ever-growing museums strike a balance between an expansive global outlook and strong local support. And the bayou in the heart of the city when it was founded in 1836 has been revived as a verdant park. With summer’s heat and humidity at bay, and with a prolonged drop in oil prices meaning less work and more play for some Houstonians, now is the time to go.
The capital of Texas, Austin is the sixteenth largest city in the United States and the fourth largest in Texas with a population approaching 700,000 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing in the United States, and has a population of approximately 1.4 million people. Austin is located in central Texas. It is an hour and twenty minutes north of San Antonio, and a little over three hours northwest of Houston. Austin is home to three Fortune 1000 companies, including Whole Foods Market. Austin-San Marcos is ranked as the 40th "Most Fun U.S. City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include: the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors. Austin is also a past winner of the coveted "All-America City Award" from the National Civic League.
Austin Texas inspires fierce hometown dedication for its’ natural living, interesting people, quality of life, stellar educational opportunities, and thriving business community. Austin regularly appears at the top of best cities lists, including: second best city to find a job (Ajilon Professional Staffing, 2011); among the top 20 strongest-performing metro areas (Brookings Institution, 2011); the second-highest well-being of any metro area with more than 1 million residents (Gallup- Healthways Well-Being Index, 2011); the “third-biggest brain magnet“ (Fortune, 2011); fourth best city to “live, work and make movies” (MovieMaker magazine); and “best American cities to live and work.” (Business Review USA, 2011).
The City of Cowboys & Culture is the 16th-largest city in the United States and part of the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas, welcoming 6.5 million visitors annually. Fort Worth is comprised of seven primary entertainment districts each offering distinct dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural amenities. In only a few days you can enjoy a range of experiences: from NASCAR racing to rodeos, world-class museums to cowboy cuisine, boutique shopping to a Top 5 zoo, biking to horseback riding. Explore each of our unique districts to see what Fort Worth has to offer you.
Fort Worth is conveniently located 17.5 miles from DFW International Airport. With 1,850 flights daily, DFW Airport serves as a gateway for visitors from around the globe, making Fort Worth an easily accessible international and domestic leisure destination.
At the western tip of Texas, on the left bank of the Rio Grande, which here forms the frontier with Mexico, lies El Paso, the largest American city on the Mexican frontier. Its unique desert landscapes are home to diverse flora and fauna, and the city is rich in cultural attractions. Highlights include the El Paso Museum of Art with its fine collection of Pre-Columbian and Indian art, the Mission Trail, and the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. Just outside the city limits, occupying the site of a military post established in 1846, is Fort Bliss, today one of the largest air defense centers in the world and home to fascinating military museums.
El Paso is located in the Chihuahuan Desert of extreme western Texas, along the Rio Grande River. It adjoins both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico with the Franklin Mountains, the southern tip of the Rockies, slicing El Paso nearly in two. With its classic Western geography and because it shares a an international border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's rich culture pervades everything in El Paso, from its art and architecture to its celebrations and cuisine. El Paso's area is 248 square miles, making it the fourth largest city in Texas, and 22nd in size in the United States. It is the nation's third fastest growing metropolitan area. El Paso is midway between Los Angeles and Houston. El Paso is in the Mountain Time Zone.
El Paso is an important port of entry to the U.S. from Mexico. The high-technology, medical-device manufacturing, plastics, refining, automotive, food processing, and defense-related industries are important to the economy. El Paso's service sector has experienced healthy growth since the 1980's. El Paso is also a major tourist resort.