Where are the Nicest People in America?

Having traveled to every city in the United States and met all sorts of folks I have found the rural Northwest to have the nicest folks of all; that was until I had the opportunity to spend some time in South Texas to warm up during the last winter. I would like to discuss the attitude of the people of South Texas. I would say that that friendly attitude is a model of what all America should be.

In many of the big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, etc. people self segregate, are relatively unfriendly to strangers; sure they are great with their friends, but just get on a freeway in Baltimore, Boston, Seattle or San Francisco and see how long it takes you to find out you are number one? In South Texas no one flips you off while driving, maybe because Texas has the reputation that everyone carries a gun? But that is not it; it is the people and their humble and positive attitude. They drive polite; much different than in the largest American cities where they are not polite when driving, do not start conversations with strangers and are not promoting goodwill towards their fellow man.

In South TX and I am discussing parts from Just South of Austin to Brownsville including Laredo and the like, people are just down right nice. WOW. That is good. That promotes tourism, that attracts business and that brings us back together and then we can stand united. Why is this attitude not contagious? It is when you are in Texas; why not other large cities. San Antonio the people are nice, yet in other large cities including the other cities in TX, it just is not like that. I think the hospitality in South TX and many parts of rural Texas it is to be admired and you should go there and see for yourself. It is a pleasure to do business in many of these South TX markets. We thank you for the Big Texas welcome and we are finding it a pleasure to get to know Y’all. Thank you South Texas.

Five Texas Getaways To Inspire Your Summer Vacation Plans

Sure, there are some of you that will scoff at the notification of publishing a list of possible summer vacation ideas because we're essentially halfway through the summer. It is for this reason that this list will specifically focus on Texas getaways because if you're looking to get the most out of an ever-narrowing window of travel, the Lone Star State is the place to be.

Here are five Texas getaways to inspire your summer vacation plans, even if you think you do not have sufficient summer left:

Central Texas – Some of the major cities you'll find in this area of ​​the state are Austin (official state capital, and also referred to as the "Music Capital of the World"), San Antonio (home of The Alamo), and San Marcos. Whether you explore the Texas government buildings or try to visit the ridiculous number of colleges in the area, you've got plenty to see. Wanna try something fun? Try finding a t-shirt depicting some of the area's coolest mascots, which, of course, includes the Hutto Hippos.

North Texas – While the area of ​​North Texas encompasses a large portion of land and population, most everyone sees Dallas County and Tarrant County as the overwhelmingly official scope of the area. That said, emerging counties such as Collin County and Grayson County have started to make their mark due in part to tremendous gains in business & higher education facilities.

Texas Beaches – It's summer in Texas, which means it's hot. What do you do? Head for the beach. You may be surprised at the variety of places that provide a great beach environment for all ages looking to stay cool. You've got Malaquite Beach in Corpus Christi, East Beach in Galveston, and Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula as some generous options. However, if you're in the mood for the more popular beaches, check out Rockport Beach and South Padre Island. Travel experts always note that beaches tend to be most popular when the weather turns warm, so be advised about the number of other beachgoers. Regarding South Padre Island, every travel guru agreements that March is prime Spring Break season, so it may not be a prime location for a family vacation.

High School Football Stadiums – If you're a sports fan & want to see what football really means, try visiting some of the biggest and most awesome high school football stadiums anywhere. Even if you tried visiting the top 10, you'd be traversing the entire state of Texas by visiting cities such as Austin, Odessa, Frisco, and Mesquite.

Washington County – Although much more quiet than the other places on this list, Washington County is about as "True Texas" as you'll never see. Other cities in the state tend to get more credit when it comes to their historic contributions, but no other place compares to Washington County. Washington-on-the-Brazos is where the Texas Declaration of Independence was written in 1836, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Texas.

Texas getaways are something special, and while this list of possible trips focuses on the summer months, it's important to remember that anytime you make your way to the Lone Star State is a the right time.