Welcome to Houston, Texas

I got here as fast as I could in 1984, so I’m not quite a native, but I still feel qualified to offer this guide to those of you newcomers who are visiting or living in the Great State of Texas.

While you browse this page, you might want to listen to some Texas-born music. The only problem is, there is no one kind of Texas music. Like Houston, our music is diverse. So, to get in a Texas state of mind, you can choose from George Strait, Beyonce, Arnett Cobb, or some Houston’s Latin rappers.

You’ll want to start with the Texas Travel Guide and Texas Official Travel Map. Use their form to register so that you can continue to receive information. You might also want to sign up for their newsletter and check out their photo gallery.

The State of Texas site is the place to go to learn how to live in Texas. As the home page says, you’ll be “at the right place to take care of government transactions, find information about our great state, engage with your government, or just get pointed in the right direction.” After that, there’s information for veterans, more information for drivers, information about working and setting up business in Texas, and lots more.

How about a little Texas history? As the Texas State Travel Guide Web site says, Texas is “like a whole other country.” In fact, Texas has belonged to six nations, one of which was the Republic of Texas, an independent nation from April 21, 1836, to December 29, 1845, when Texas became the 28th state in the United States.

Did you know that Six Flags Over Texas isn’t just an amusement park, it’s a historical fact. According to Wikipedia, park founder and Dallasite Angus Wynne “originally intended to name the park ‘Texas Under Six Flags,'” but his entertainment director, Charles Meeker, said, “Texas isn’t ‘under’ anything.” “The original park was divided into six separate themed areas for each of the six governing entities that have ruled over Texas. Although additional themed areas have been added, the original six [France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America (Old South)] can still be found within the park.” 

I’m also an avid patron of the Texas State Historical Association’s Handbook of Texas Online which has a special section devoted to the history of Houston. TSHA can also send you a Texas Day by Day email. It’s a lot of fun, full of information a Yankee like me would never know otherwise.

Then there is the Texas Historical Commission, which protects our fair state’s buildings and more.

To keep up with all things Texas every month, I look forward to reading Texas Highways and Texas Monthly. Each magazine has a different perspective, but is informative and fun to read.

Newcomers to Houston frequently ask me how they can find out more about their new home town. That’s easy. You’ll want to Visit Houston, which is put together by the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau. There you’ll find more information about what to do, see, and eat than you’ll have time for.

Whether you were born here, just moved here, or are here for only a day or two, I hope you’ll enjoy learning about H-Town.

And don’t forget to Drive Friendly