This new edition of Insight Guide Texas is a comprehensive, full-colour travel guide packed with inspiration and information. It is packed with engrossing features on everything from Texan cowboys and Spanish missions to the Houston´s Space Center. A detailed history section covers its American Indian and Spanish heritage and the fight for independence and explains how it evolved into one of the most influential US states. A revamped Best of Texas section lists the state's must-see attractions, from national parks to historic sites and art galleries to festivals. With a new chapter on Austin, the Places section covers the state´s principal cities and the deserts, mountains and coastal areas between. Specially commissioned photographs vividly capture Texas´ arid, but beautiful landscape, the dynamic architecture of its cities, and its surprisingly diverse population. Detailed full-colour maps help you get around, while the travel tips section is packed with useful information on transport, climate, festivals and outdoor activities, and provides answers to such questions as when to go, where to stay and what to budget for your trip.