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Mar 26, 2015 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

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Welcome to Texas!

Mar 25, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Every day more than a thousand people move to the Lone Star State. Lucky enough to be a new arrival? This crash course will get you thinking, eating, and talking like a native in no time. (Lucky enough to already be a native? You’ll be reminded of all the reasons to gloat.)

Where to Go First

Mar 25, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Brian D. Sweany

Few things make Texans happier than a full tank of gas and an open highway. You’ve got a lot of ground to cover, but I propose you start with these four trips, each originating at Brady, the geographic center of Texas. You’ll be saying “y’all” and offering the hi sign in no time.

Cover to Cover

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Jeff Salamon

If you’re new to the state, there’s a good chance that you snickeringly regard the phrase “Texas literature” as a contradiction in terms. Well, wise up, wise guy: Texans have been writing memorable books about their state for a long time. So if you have some questions about the city you’ve settled in, you’ve got a lot of options.

The Playlist

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Michael Hall

Oh, the endless arguments about Texas music. But don’t feel the need to master it—no one really can. Instead, here are ten songs to help you hold your own at almost any party. 

Where to Be a Tourist

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Brian D. Sweany

A word about these four destinations: most native Texans visited them on their elementary school field trips. They are essential, so if you haven’t seen them yet, you’d better get cracking. Just remember, this is only the start.

The Media Guide

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and John Spong

To gain pop culture literacy, you could spend a long weekend taking in works produced for the big screen (Giant, Dazed and Confused) and the small box (Lonesome Dove, Friday Night Lights). But the quicker route would be an afternoon surfing YouTube. Search for the terms below, but don’t blame us if you end up falling down a Van Cliburn rabbit hole.

How to Drive 85 Miles per Hour

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Pamela Colloff

The fastest road in America does not cross the Mojave Desert or the big sky country of Montana. Instead, it cuts through an unexceptional stretch of farmland southeast of Austin, where the posted speed limit on Texas Highway 130 jumps to 85 miles per hour. The so-called Texas Autobahn…

Drive a Pickup Truck (or Don’t)

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Paul Knight

I promise driving a truck won’t help you create any ties to your new state’s rural roots, but spending one day on a city street, sharing it with trucks like mine, may help you understand that practicality doesn’t have much to do with being a Texan at all. 

How to Survive the Summer

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Skip Hollandsworth

When I was a teenager growing up in Wichita Falls, which is regularly hailed as one of the hottest cities in the state (and sometimes the country), I spent my summers smelling like roadkill. The moment I stepped outside my house, sweat began sliding like syrup down my back.

Texas History in 601 Words

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Mimi Swartz

The story of Texas can be reduced to one sentence: somebody has something somebody else wants and will put up a fight to get. In the beginning, these fights were over land. The Spanish explorers came here in the 1500’s; ignoring native peoples, they claimed a vast region that…

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Jan 22, 2015 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

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