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What is Best of Texas?


Best of Texas is a website dedicated to identifying the absolute "BEST" things as determined by the people who live, work in and visit the Great State of Texas. You determine the best of anything and everything from restaurants and bars to activities, resorts, hotels, apartments, boutiques, salons, spas, daycare providers, schools, doctors, hospitals, real estate agents, contractors, golf courses, designers, event planners, wedding venues and more. In a nutshell, Best of Texas is a quick and easy place to learn about the best of everything the state, and its cities, has to offer!

How do I get started using Best of Texas?


It's easy! To start you just need to sign-up and become a Best Of Texas Member. Registration is easy and free and don't worry, your info is safe with us! We have a strict no-spam policy and will never share your information. Plus we'll keep you posted on all the best offers and happenings in your neighborhood.

Once you're a member, you can also use the SquawkBox on the homepage. The SquawkBox allows you to "Squawk About" all the places and things you think are the Best of Texas. All you need to do is click on New Squawk, Sign In, and you're free to share "the best" of everything with the rest of the Texas community. You can even add photos and videos to your Squawks to "show" us why they are the BEST! We'll also be launching our mobile app soon, so you can Squawk-On-The-Go in real time from your phone, while enjoying your favorite places.

Can anyone offer their opinion as to what they think is "best?"


Absolutely! That's what is so great about the Best of Texas. The people in the community share their opinions and descriptions of their favorite experiences. We also feature Editor's Picks, which you can read about in The Squawker Blog.

To keep this website the best, we appreciate any feedback.

Texas has an incredible amount to offer both the resident and visitor


Best of Texas is your community site and you determine the best LOCAL restaurants, bars, activities, resorts, hotels, apartments, boutiques, salons, spas, day cares, schools, doctors, hospitals, real estate agents, contractors, golf courses, designers, event planners, wedding venues and more, all located within minutes of you due to our hyper-local search capabilities.

Like many of you, we have been on a quest to find the best things to do and discover in our neighborhood, city and state.

We are looking to you to tell us what you think is the BEST OF Texas. Whether you were born in Texas or are a recent resident, your opinion counts and we want you to share it here. We endeavor to have our community determine what the BEST places are to have fun, eat, play, take families, date, shop and stay.

You will find many Texas businesses and places to go in our listings. You can book reservations or appointments right here. You will find out more about deals in and around your destination, whether for everyday errands or special trips. Most importantly, you have the power to comment on everything these businesses offer. If our readership finds that any of these businesses don't belong as part of the Best List, we will remove them from our content and remove them as advertisers on our site.

You will notice you can interact with other readers about their special finds. With our integration into the social media sphere, you and your friends can create an honest dialog and tout the BEST of our community in order to promote it locally to your friends, as well as those who are visiting.

We want to hear from you. Becoming a Best of Texas member is easy and free! Members are eligible for prize drawings, can write reviews, post Squawks, and get VIP specials! Feel free to “Squawk” about your favorite places, add listings of the businesses we don’t have that you feel should be considered a part of Best of Texas, and if you feel that you would like to do more, such as blog or write articles about the BEST places in Texas, please contact us at info@bestoftexas.com

About our State: Travel, Tourism and Local Information for Texas


Whether you are looking for a place to take the kids, somewhere to meet friends, traveling on business, on vacation, or visiting family, we will help you find all the best places to see, the best things to go, the best places to go and the best things to buy. If you have a destination in mind, you can choose your city or neighborhood and category, or if you haven’t decided on where or what you’re looking for, take a look at the region as a whole to find all the BEST offered in Texas.

Texas is the second largest state in the country, with over 268,800 square miles, and a population of more than 24 million residents. Nicknamed the Lone Star State, in honor of its time as an independent republic and freedom from Mexico, Texas features a diverse selection of landscapes. Across our large state, one can expect to find prairies, forests, grasslands, swamps, desert and the coastline.

It is no wonder that many call Texas home, and just as many come to visit the state every year, with such a wide selection of scenery and unique communities. Residents and visitors of Texas can enjoy the piney woods of East Texas, the never-ending plains of the panhandle, the deserts of Southwest Texas, the beautiful Hill Country of central Texas and the expansive coastline on the Gulf of Mexico.

Long gone are the days of cowboys, saloons, and cattle covering Texas. Our state features the retail mecca that is the DFW Metroplex, Austin, the live-music capital of the world, a bustling metropolitan scene in the state’s largest city of Houston and much more. Texas lays claim to Big Bend National Park, the Padre Island National Seashore, Texas Wine Country, the Davy Crockett National Forest, and the Natural Bridge Caverns. All of this and much more is unique to the state of Texas.

Restaurants in Texas are just as diverse as the scenery. The state is a melting pot of sorts, bringing together influences from Mexico, the Dixie south, the West and even Europe. Texas is known for the BBQ, with the specialty being served at stands, diners, family restaurants and gourmet fine-dining establishments. There are a wide range of restaurant themes, including Mexican, German, Italian, Japanese, sports bars, burgers, sushi, happy hour spots, BBQ, sandwich shops, coffee houses, bakeries and hundreds more.

Shopping in Texas is an adventure all its own. There are multiple shopping outlets, including the Allen Outlet Mall, the Round Rock Premium Outlets and the San Marcos Prime Outlets. Boutiques and specialty shops are found all over the state, in the large metropolitan cities, and also in the tiny towns found in between. The DFW Metroplex features over 20 shopping malls including North Park Center, Grapevine Mills Mall, Willow Bend Shopping Center and the Galleria Mall.

Activities abound all over Texas, with choices for families, kids, adults, and retirees. You can visit a museum, check out the Alamo, float down the Guadalupe River, experience the NASA center, celebrate spring break in South Padre, pick fresh berries and fruit on the many public farms, spend a day at Sea World, or enjoy a retreat in the Hill Country. The options are endless and you are sure to find something to do.

Residents and visitors in Texas can search on Best of Texas for the best restaurants, bars, activities, hotels, apartments, boutiques, salons, spas, day cares, schools, doctors, hospitals, real estate agents, builders, roofers, designers, event planners, wedding locations and more. You can share your opinions and favorites with your neighbors and learn more about all the best our great state has to offer. Whether you're just visiting or a long time resident, at Best of Texas it's easy to find what you're looking for: Neighborhood & City-Specific 'Best of' Sites, Business & Restaurant Reviews by Locals In the Know, Places to Stay & Play, Explore the Best in Shopping, Events and More!

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