11 Things Tourists Should Never Do in Texas
5 Things Tourists Should Avoid Doing in Texas. Photo: tours4fun

Perhaps even more than their state pride, Texans are known for their incredible hospitality and friendly nature. But if you’re planning a visit to the Lone Star State, Culture Trip has rounded up a few things to consider if you still want to avoid awkward interactions as a tourist.

And here are 5 things you should avoid doing if you travel to Texas:

1. Don’t Mess with Texas

Now an identity statement that embodies the Lone Star State (and Texans generally), most visitors don’t know that the slogan was first used in an ad campaign to reduce littering on Texas highways in 1985. Created by Austin-based firm GSD&M, the campaign began as a series of bumper stickers, making its first television premiere in a performance by Stevie Ray Vaughan at the 50th Annual Cotton Bowl Classic on January 1, 1986. If someone says “Don’t Mess With Texas,” they could mean don’t pick a fight you can’t finish—or they could just be warning you not to litter.

2. Don’t be surprised if a stranger waves at you

11 Things Tourists Should Never Do in Texas
Don’t be surprised if a stranger waves at you. Photo: Pinterest

In Texas, you are likely to be greeted in the car or on the street by total strangers; this is just the Texan way. It is polite to acknowledge and return the greeting with a simple “hello” or even just a smile and nod of the head. In the car, if someone makes space for you during a lane change, you should show your gratitude with a wave of your hand in the rearview mirror.

3. Don’t Forget to Take in the Views

11 Things Tourists Should Never Do in Texas

Don’t Forget to Take in the Views. Photo: tour texas

As you drive around Texas, while paying attention to the road, make sure you take in all of the scenery as well. Texas is really beautiful, from open plains to hill country, historic buildings and coastlines.

4. Don’t Skip the Local Shops and Produce

As the Wolters would, make sure you take advantage of local products when you are visiting Texas. From Buc-ee’s, HEB groceries, What-A-Burger. Look for local events, too. Football is HUGE in Texas, so if you’re here in the fall, find a football game to attend.

5. Don’t forget the Alamo

11 Things Tourists Should Never Do in Texas
The Alamo. Photo: history

If you know nothing else about Texans, you know them for their state pride, which primarily stems from the territory’s unique history as an independent republic from 1836 to 1845, when the U.S. annexed it as the 28th state. “Remember the Alamo” is the battle cry that eventually secured independence from Mexico, commemorating the heroic sacrifice of a small group of outnumbered Texans at the Battle of the Alamo. Texans still celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2nd every year and the Battle of the Alamo on March 6th, as the culture trip.

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