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Texas, which covers over 268 thousand square miles is the largest of the 48 contiguous states and due to its large size has several distinct environments and large metropolitan areas. Texas is big and as someone who has traveled across the state via Interstate 10, you will stay at least one day in Texas even if you do not intend to go there. Fortunately Texas has a lot of interesting places and diversity and no matter how you cross the state or where you go there is something different and interesting along the way. The contrasts in Texas can be stark especially when crossing the state on I-10. In the east part of Texas you will travel through an environment that resembles woodland areas that resemble other parts of the south. As you travel west along I-10 you will get to Houston, the fourth largest city in the US and find an environment that is more influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. As you travel past Houston, Texas becomes increasingly drier until you get to the Ft Stockton area where the environment becomes, and looks like places like southern Nevada.

Texas is also the second most populous states, after California, with over 25.1 people. Texas is bordered on the west by New Mexico, to the north by Oklahoma and to the east by Arkansas and Louisiana. Texas is called the "Lone Star State" referring to its past as an independent republic. In this regard Texas has been a part of six different countries. First Spain when it was originally colonized. Second a a colony of France. Third as a part of Mexico. Fourth as an independent republic. Fifth as a part of the United States and sixth as a part of the Confederate States. Thus the term "six flags over Texas".
Texas Hotels: Much of what goes on in Texas today is influenced by the size and resources available here and the history of the state. Economically Texas has been a leader in the energy industry and livestock production. The degree to which the Texas energy industry has influenced the oil business can be seen in what called the Railroad Commission of Texas. This body actually regulates the oil and gas industry and related infrastructure and such things as coal mining. Until the emergence of OPEC the Railroad Commission controlled the price of oil in the world do to the production capability of Texas oil fields.

Texas also leads the nation in livestock production which has a long history in the state. The cattle drives of the 19th century with their cowboys are a part of Americana that loom larger than they actually were. Today however Texas is the nations largest producer of livestock such as cattle and sheep. Texas is also the leader in such agricultural products as cotton, produce such as citrus and cereal crops.

Texas also has some of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States with Houston coming in as the fourth largest metro area and San Antonio being the seventh largest. The combined Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area however exceeds Houston is size.

Tourism is not listed as one of its biggest contributors to the Texas economy however this may be due to the relative size of the energy and agricultural sectors. San Antonio has a robust travel sector and draws tourists with attractions such as the River Walk and the Alamo. The large number of hotel rooms in places like Dallas and Houston suggest that there is a great deal of travel to these places. While much of this is due to business travel at least some of the hospitality industries size is attributable to the facts that Texas is a transportation hub and that it takes travelers crossing Texas on an east-west transect at one day to make the journey.

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While most states are diverse, when it comes to diversity Texas is one of the most diverse. From climate, economy, history and environment, Texas is as diverse as possible. Given the size of Texas this should be expected. At good example, at the far north end of the state, Gainesville. Gainesville was established as Liberty Texas in 1850 but changed its name soon after because another city in Texas was named 'Liberty'. The city was named Gainesville and early on catered to ranchers and farmers on Texas and Oklahoma. Currently, Gainesville is benefiting from a tourism economy with gambling in nearby Thackerville Oklahoma. To find the right hotel in Arlington TX Texas price and benefits are an important consideration. Like many destinations in Texas the rates are not seasonal and you tend to get better room rates when you either book rooms the day before your reservation or about two weeks in advance.

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