(This content originally appeared in the June 2020 issue of Military Officer, a magazine available to all MOAA Premium and Life members. Learn more about the magazine here; learn more about joining MOAA here.)
By Latayne Scott
Texas, as it claims, is practically its own country, with some of the most varied geography anywhere. Its dusty panhandle has the second-largest canyon in the U.S. (Palo Duro) just a few miles away from one of the flattest regions in the world — so flat, some say, at sunset in the Amarillo area you can actually see the curve of the earth.
Down south, there are over 2,000 acres of dazzling white gypsum sands and the four tallest peaks in the state, including one over 1.5 miles high, at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Texas also has an incredible coastline with all the fun of sea and surf, and interior rolling hills that explode into azure waves of bluebonnets every spring.
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Road trip? Texans love their megatruckstops, Buc-ee’s, that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. They’re not just some of the largest gas stations in the world and open 24/7/365, but the interiors are as big as some department stores and feature gifts, Texas-style BBQ, hunting gear, and rafting supplies.
If you visit, you might want to stay a while. Texas has a lower than national average cost of living, with no personal state nor corporate state income taxes. It’s home to American Airlines, Exxon Mobil, and AT&T. Business Insider’s “Best Places to Live” touts Austin as #1 on its list.
Staying longer? U.S. News & World Report lists Austin and the Dallas metroplex in their top 11 places to retire in 2020.
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Nobody can be bored in Texas. There are over 200 colleges and universities, and legendary entertainment like Six Flags over Texas, Sea World, and Dallas’s Aquarium and Arboretum. In San Antonio, you’ll find the Alamo, the Riverwalk, and one of the top hotels in the country, San Antonio’s Hotel Emma.
Sports lovers get their fix with teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, and Houston Astros, as well as the Texas Motor Speedway and the largest rodeo in the world, the Houston Livestock Show.
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