1. Warm summer nights.

Our days may be unbearable with 100+ degree weather 3-4 months out of the year, but that just makes it easier to step outside in June and feel like you’re stepping into a warm bath. There’s a reason plenty of respectable people wear shorts and polo shirts for nights out in Texas.

2. Early morning runs to Whataburger.

Bars in Texas may be required to stop serving alcohol at 2:00 AM, but that doesn’t stop us drunkards from stumbling into the closest place for burgers. Whataburger, as a Texas-only fast food chain, is open 24/7.

3. Long drives through the middle of nowhere.

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This might drive New Englanders absolutely insane, but for Texans commuting between cities on weekends or visiting family out west, is just another day of living in the Lone Star State. With a speed limit of 85 mph heading to and from El Paso, Texas is one of the best places in the country to open up your car.

4. Live music that’s actually good.

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There are so many reasons Austin is the epicentre of Texas culture, but its real claim to fame started once bars on 6th Street made room for bands. Don’t expect to waste your ears on music that would play in some cafe in Arizona, for the Live Music Capital of the World, only the best.

5. Sunsets.

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Texas is flatter than any other American can imagine… unless you’re from Kansas. As a result, our sunsets last a lifetime, and burn brighter than those cut off by mountains.

6. Texas-shaped food.

Have you ever heard of a waffle in the shape of Colorado? Of course you have; it’s just a rectangle. Nevertheless, Texans pride themselves on designing as many foods as possible in the shape of the Lone Star State, including waffles, chips, cookies, even pizza.

7. Football on Sundays.

And Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday… actually, just reserve your whole week for time with the Cowboys.

8. “Don’t mess with Texas.”

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While this may have started as an anti-littering campaign in the 80s, the phrase has become synonymous with the Texas stereotype of being big and tough. It doesn’t hurt that we have more military bases than any other state.

9. BBQ so good you don’t need sauce.

Our brisket is smoked until it’s so ridiculously tender and juicy. Of course, you can add sauce, and Rudy’s BBQ has the best label for those who choose to do so.

10. Ways to cool off.

If there’s one thing we’ve mastered from living in a Texas that becomes unbearable in the summertime, it’s how to keep from sweating to death. From Amy’s Ice Cream in Austin to jumping into watering holes like Barton Springs and Hamilton Pool, Texas is where you go to feel the heat AND beat it.

11. The outdoors.

You never have to go that far in Texas to truly get away from it all. We’ve got Big Bend National Park near El Paso, and plenty of greenery surrounding Austin and Central Texas. Whether you’re looking for a camping trip or just a hike over your lunch break, it’s not hard to experience nature in Texas.

12. Friendliness.

Texas love their small talk, whether you’re just shooting the breeze with a waiter behind the counter or filling up a tank of gas in the middle of nowhere. Good drivers flash their taillights to show their appreciation you let them pass, and everyone gets a friendly wave from time to time.

13. Not paying income tax.

It makes the paperwork in April so much easier…

14. Tex-mex in the morning, noon, and night.

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Breakfast tacos before 7 AM, a handy burrito for lunch, and fajitas with frozen margaritas for dinner.

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