If you live in the northern part of the US, you likely have some very cold winters. In fact, some winters are downright brutal with constant snow and blizzards. Many people from this area go south for vacation in the winter, and most of them always head towards Florida. However, Texas has something to offer everyone, and most of the state is quite warm in the winter months.
There is a good mix of urban and rural areas in the state. Houston is the most populous of all the big cities, and it is renowned for its arts scene and world class dining. The Dallas and Fort Worth area is known for its theme parks and sports teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and Rangers baseball among others. San Antonio is known for the Alamo and all the history that goes with it, as well as its River Walk downtown.
The capital is Austin, which is considered to be very much a college town due to UT-Austin. It is also the heart of the government and has a very alternative feel to it, with lots of small businesses mingling with larger employers like Dell computers. The area is also known for its vibrant local music scene, and hosts multiple multimedia events each year that attract people from all over the world, including Austin City Limits and more.
Nestled in the south-central region is the Hill Country, which provides outdoors lovers with ample opportunity to see what the state really has to offer. From fall foliage to camping grounds, this area always has a great view, no matter what season it is. In spring, the fields of the Hill Country come alive with wildflowers, including the state flower bluebonnet.
If the beach is more your style, the state has hundreds of miles of coastline down south. It borders the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and you can find party beach towns like Port Aransas, or more quiet ones like Matagorda. While there, you can swim and soak up the sun and just relax. Or you can charter a boat to go deep sea fishing for sharks or other fish. There is also surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and many other water activities, depending on what you like.
Whether you are looking for history, food, culture or action and adventure, this state has it all. The winters are so temperate and the cost of living so affordable with no state income tax, that some people visit and decide to stay forever.