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Texas is a huge state—America's second largest. So it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that its cities are vastly different. The state has both deserts and coastlines; rural regions that hearken back to the days of the cowboy and cosmopolitan towns. You'll find a wealth of history here, as well as space shuttle launching us into the future. There's plenty of art and culture too - you'll find museums dedicated to Native American arts as well as symphonies and operas. It's all here for you to discover among these Texas cities.

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1. Austin

Austin is the capital of Texas, and one of the things you can do in the city is take a guided tour of the state capitol. The city even offers historic themed tours focusing on Hispanic heritage, women in Texas history, and heroes of the Texas Revolution.

Everyone knows how stifling it can get in the summer, so it's a good thing that one of Austin's hot spots is Barton Springs Pool. This natural watering hole is popular with locals because the water stays a pleasant 68 degrees all year.

You can't possibly visit Austin without checking out the world-famous Congress Bridge bats which take flight from underneath the bridge each evening. There are well over a million bats swooping into the air nightly, making them Austin's number one tourist attraction. Austin is known for being "weird," and the birthplace of the weird movement was South Congress Avenue, so be sure to do some shopping and dining there after checking out the bats.

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