Adventure guide to Texas by Kimberly Young

By Kimberly Young

This consultant covers Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Waco and the entire areas in among. It goals to supply all of the info a customer to Texas will desire, from lodging to rodeos, and delves into the cowboy tradition.

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Though the names of the establishments sometimes change with the season, many are perennial favorites. The corner of Trinity and 6th seems to be a lucky charm as three of its occupants have been around for more than a decade. Wylie's Bar & Grill is more bar than grill, and lays claim that its ''big-a-rita'' is the best margarita in town. Maggie Mae's attracts a more energetic crowd with its ability to facilitate three live bands at once. It has slowly engulfed its neighbors and has spread westward, making it the largest of the group.

Ironic, because elected Republican leaders must come to this democratic city to serve out their terms. Logistics Let's get one thing straight. Texas is big. Unlike the East Coast, which was settled before mass transportation, Texans took advantage of their room and spread out. A car is your best bet and can be rented at any major airport. There are major airports in San Antonio and Austin. However, the hubs in Texas run through Dallas and Houston, so you'll probably be stopping in one of them first.

And with a land as broad and deep and varied as Texas, how could there not be legendary material. The history of a state as big as Texas varies from region to region. You'll find highlights of the past throughout this book, but by no means will you find an intense study. There are much larger books for that, such as Leon Metz' Roadside History of Texas. Texans fancy themselves a bit unusual. Perhaps that's why Texas roads are something of a puzzle to outsiders. The acronyms you'll find preceding highway numbers look different from those in the rest of the world.

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