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The Lone Star State of Texas is the second largest state in the U.S. by both size and population. One of the biggest draws of Texas is its varying geography -- lay by the beach on the Texas coast, go on a wildflower tour of the hill country, and hike through the rocky Natural Bridge Caverns. Although stereotyped for its dusty planes with cacti and tumbleweeds, Texas is actually home to lush vegetation and picturesque scenery. Add in the friendly residents, delicious foods, and fun-filled activities, and you get a perfect vacation destination.

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1. Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park combines Texas desert with stunning mountains. Camp enthusiasts love this spot for its unparalleled views and range of wildlife. There you can spot over 400 species of birds and 1,100 species of plants. An unexpected form of transportation in Big Bend is by boat, so be sure to book a river tour.

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