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20 Reasons You Need To Visit Texas

Everything is bigger AND better in Texas. Some think Texas is just a bunch of farms and ranches – while we do have those, we also have so much more.

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2. The Big Texan Steak Ranch - Amarillo, TX

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Nothing is more "Texas-Sized" than The 72oz Steak Challenge consisting of the steak itself, a bread roll with butter, a baked potato, baked beans, shrimp cocktail and a salad in one hour or less. If you fail, you have to pay $72.

3. Natural Springs in Balmorhea State Park - Balmorhea, TX

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A large cool-water spring that has essentially turned into a giant swimming pool. You can even practice your scuba-diving skills here.

4. Any High School Football Stadium

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There are two religions in Texas: Jesus and Football. Friday night lights is more than just a television show to Texas, and that's a statewide standard.

*Allen High School Stadium (pictured above) cost a whopping $60 million to build.

5. Floating the Guadalupe River - Canyon Lake, TX

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It's not a summer in Texas if you don't float the river. I can't think of a better way to kill a few hours, drink a few beers and spend time with your best friends.

7. Luckenbach, TX

Via txyoungfarmers.org

The small unincorporated community in the heart of Hill Country maintains a ghost town feel with strong western roots. It's popular with tourists and it's so cool that even Waylon Jennings has a song about it.

9. McDonald Observatory - Fort Davis, TX

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Located in West, Texas, you will see some of the darkest skies in the country. A must see if you're in the area and be sure to make arrangements to attend The Star Party.

10. Gruene Hall - New Braunfels, TX

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Located in the historical town of Gruene (outside of New Braunsfels), it is billed as "the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas." It is the mecca for country music and line-dacing, so be sure to bring your boots.

12. Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show - Houston, TX

Via barnesprcrodeo.com

There are rodeos all across the state but few are as big as the one in Houston. It's every guy's dream: ropin' cattle and girls in sundresses and cowboy boots.

14. Dr Pepper Museum - Waco, TX

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When a Texan asks for a coke, they are more than likely actually asking for a Dr Pepper. Unfortunately, the Dublin Dr Pepper Factory recently shut down, but at least we can still pay our respect to the classic drink at the Dr Pepper Museum.

16. Czech Stop - West, Texas

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While we're on the subject of pit stops, a visit to Czech Stop is mandatory. It is home to the best kolache in the world (not officially, but I guarantee that many Texans would agree).

18. Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX

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Home to the Dallas Cowboys, "JerryWorld" boasts the fourth largest hi-definition video screen among other very impressive features. I'm pretty sure you can watch a game on the Cowboys' JumboTron from outer-space.

For all things Texas, follow @SorryImTexan on Twitter.

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